Since Starbuck’s inception in 1971, all lattes and milk-based drinks were made with whole milk because former CEO Howard Schultz wanted use the milk that Italians drink with their coffee. “Originally, Schultz only allowed whole milk in stores,” because he strove to serve only “Italian-style espresso drinks”
While whole milk was the standard for more than 30 years, customers began to voice their opinions and demand a change, so Starbucks “eliminated all artificial trans-fat and made 2 percent milk the new standard for espresso beverages” in 2007. What’s interesting is that year was the first time that Starbucks actually started carrying 2 percent. Each reduced-fat latte at Starbucks was its own unique blend.
Now, it seems crazy to think there used to be limited options for the type of milk you wanted to order in your latte. Today, Starbucks’s milks include whole, nonfat, 2 percent, soy, coconut, and, most recently, almond milk Starbucks even uses separate milk steamers for dairy and nondairy beverages. Did you know this little piece of Starbucks history?