September 20, 2010

Starbucks Toffee Mocha Review and Tasting Notes


The Starbucks Toffee Mocha is a new seasonal creation for 2010, that comes to us alongside the seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte. I stopped by a local packed Starbucks to test one out. After wading through computer cords, and long occupied seats to the counter, I ordered up the new creation in the Grande size, setting me back nearly $5. I had to add the whip cream as the clerk indicated that most people were getting it that way today anyway. Salesmanship or not, I liked it.

Tasting Notes - Toffee Mocha

The Toffee Mocha has a definite nutty flavor up front, without trying so hard that it tastes like a chemical factory. A lot of nutty flavored syrups taste chemically and pungent trying to over do the flavor impact while coming off as artificial. This is a very very sweet drink without added sugar.

The dusting of cocoa adds to the mocha experience. The full bodied flavor is well recognized as a mocha with the nutty flavor fading the more you drink. Unfortunately, the sweetness remains without much of a hint of coffee in it. This is very much a coffee beverage with the emphasis on beverage. It is more like nutty hot chocolate than a latte. The quality of the toffee flavor is the only thing that separates this from one of those cloyingly sweet flavored instant coffees from a hot chocolate machine in convenience stores.

If you are looking for a sweet warm beverage as a pick-me-up, this is one to try. If you are looking for a great coffee with subtle nuances in the blend look elsewhere.

Nutritional Value - Starbucks Toffee Mocha

The Grande size Toffee Mocha is reportedly 350 calories with 7 grams of fat and 58 grams of carbs. Adding Whipped Cream will add about another 70 calories and 7 grams of fat. While the calories and fat content seem right, the other nutritional values at this writing don't.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 20, 2010 3:19 PM
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Great review im going to have to try one

I usually get the same thing, either a mocha iced or a pumpkin spice iced....this sounds awesome, i wonder how it is iced?

Posted by: Dan at September 29, 2010 12:43 PM
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