Careful Dunkin’ Donuts, you’re beginning to sound a bit like Starbucks.
The Massachusetts-based chain announced Monday it is set to extend its espresso menu with the first-time addition of macchiatos.
“The Macchiato will be popping up in restaurants as early as this week but will be in DD’s nationwide by September 28,’’ Dunkin Donuts spokeswoman Lindsay Cronin told Boston.com.
The new espresso drinks come either hot or iced with any sweetened flavor swirl. So, yes — because it’s fall — that includes pumpkin.
In fact, Dunkin’ Donuts is pinning the expansion of their espresso menu — which already includes lattes and cappucinos made with Fair Trade beans — to the gourd-based version.
“Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Macchiato is a handcrafted, layered espresso beverage made with steamed milk and pumpkin flavored swirl, then topped with a double shot of Dunkin’ Donuts’ rich, freshly-brewed espresso,’’ a company statement said.
Cronin said the addition was a move to “reinforce our position as the #1 retailer of hot regular and flavored coffee and iced coffee by introducing new and innovative coffee beverages and flavors.’’
“[The Macchiato] provides our busy, on-the-go guests with yet another exciting coffee choice to enjoy any time of day,’’ she added, in a statement reflecting the company’s attempts to balance its working-class appeal with its ventures into the domain of more upscale coffee drinks.
Both contain espresso, milk and whatever optional sweetener. All the ingredients are combined in a latte. But macchiatos layer the espresso shots on top on the milk.
The food website Delish scooped a taste test of the Pumpkin Macchiato last week and gave a review.
“We got a first taste of the iced pumpkin variety, which was about as sweet as the cult classic PSL from its competitor, but there’s less baking spice and much better—and nuttier—coffee flavor.’’ they wrote. “Meaning it actually tastes like espresso and not a sugary pumpkin pie latte sprinkled with cinnamon.’’
Another signal that Dunkin’ Donuts is moving into Starbucks range, executive chef Jeff Miller told Delish that he has been “tinkering with a cold-brew blend and brew for about five years.’’
But Cronin said the company has “no plans to introduce cold-brew coffee at this time.’’
Maybe next season.
Dunkin’ Donuts through the years