Dunkin' Is Giving Your Morning Latte a Makeover With Its New Matcha Drink
Dunkin' has made some exciting moves in the past couple of months, and we're especially geeking out about the company's latest menu item.
The matcha latte is ideal for the non-coffee drinker who still needs a boost of caffeine from time to time, but not too much. It's a pleasant drink to start your morning with or to sip on mid-afternoon when you need a reset.
Despite having the appearance of a traditional green tea, Dunkin's Matcha Latte is made in a completely different way. Matcha is created by grounding green tea leaves into a fine powder, which is then blended with milk to make a creamy latte. There will be no green tea bag floating around in this latte!
Dunkin's green tea matcha powder comes all the way from the Nishio region of Aichi prefecture, Japan, an area known for its high-quality matcha. So whether you're already a matcha lover or you're looking for an excuse to give it a try, the matcha latte from Dunkin' Donuts may be worth your while.
The matcha latte is hitting participating Dunkin' restaurants nationwide on Feb. 26. Dare we say, it won't be long before America is running on matcha? If you're not ready, you best get ready.
If matcha's fluorescent green pigment makes you a bit hesitant to try it, maybe the health benefits will help persuade you to give it a shot. In a former article detailing the best matcha powders, holistic health coach and co-author of Matcha, A Lifestyle Guide, Anna Kavaliunas shared some of the top health benefits matcha can offer.
"Matcha contains more than four times the antioxidant levels found in goji berries and dark chocolate," she said. "These antioxidants have been shown to protect against cancer, ward off cardiovascular disease, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, detoxify the blood, alkalize the body, and stabilize blood sugars."
In other words, swapping out your Dunkin' coffee for a matcha latte every now and again may not be a bad idea.
That's not all Dunkin' is dropping. The company is also adding a new protein muffin to the menu for an energizing breakfast or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Compared with the 7 grams of protein in a standard Dunkin' chocolate chip muffin, the new protein muffin will be even more filling with a whopping 16 grams of protein. The muffin is also chock-full of healthful ingredients, including blueberries, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The muffin will also be available at participating Dunkin' locations nationwide starting on Feb. 26.