After crowdsourcing ideas from both customers and employees alike using its My Starbucks Idea tool, Starbucks will be adding its third non-dairy option to stores at the beginning of next month.
As of September 6, over 4,600 locations will start carrying almond milk, according to a company press release. It will first be offered at Starbucks (SBUX) outposts in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, New York, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic before gradually rolling out nationally over the course of the month.
The coffee chain already carries soy milk, which it added to stores in 2004. In February of last year it began to offer coconut milk, which has become an exceedingly popular alternative to dairy. Now Starbucks has created its own almond milk recipe to supplement its lactose-free options.
“We created our own almond milk recipe to complement our hot, iced, and Frappuccino blended beverages,” Starbucks’ beverage R&D team manager Yoke Wong said in the press release. “It was designed so that when steamed, it created a rich foam for hot beverages and is delicious and creamy when served in cold beverages.”
September is going to be an exciting month for Starbucks lovers, and not just because of the new almond milk. The chain’s Starbucks For Life promotion ends on September 12, and prizes will subsequently be distributed to 737 loyal and lucky customers.