Caffeinated Magic: New Potter Coffee Shop + Starbucks Drink


Just in time for getting things done on your weekend, a new Harry Potter-themed Coffee shop arrives, while Starbucks gives Butterbeer new competition.

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Accio Coffee! For those Potterheads who want to get caffeinated and get going on that brand new spell for doing all your chores at once, not one, but two brand new options have appeared on the scene in the last week. In Vegas, a brand new Potter themed shop has opened for those wizards and witches who believe that the cocoa plant produces the best potions Herbology has ever come up with. Meanwhile, across the country, Starbucks has a brand new drink that might make Butterbeer obsolete.

The new Harry Potter themed coffee shop taking Vegas by storm is Bad Owl Coffee. Though their menu seems highly Muggle-fied, with such offerings as Nitrogen Cold Brewed Coffee and Lavender Lattes, the decor is what has all the foodie outlets on line talking. Check out these table tops, courtesy of Vegas-Eater.

Espresso patronum? That’s when your Patronus must spring from your mug fully formed and ready to beat back dementors purely from excess energy. Turns out they do serve Butterbeer too. They say that it’s not on the menu for “legal” reasons, but we wizards and witches know that’s more likely because some drinks aren’t meant to be seen by Muggle eyes. (For their own safety, of course!)

Meanwhile, over at the Universal Coffee Shop, Starbucks, there’s a new flavor on the menu that’s got Potterheads in a tizzy. Now, many fans have known for years that Butterbeer appears on the Starbucks “secret” menu–like Bad Owl, they don’t dare print it on the real one. The recipe is pretty simple, it’s a frappacino–done on the “creme” base (not the coffee one.) The barista adds three pumps of caramel syrup plus 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup, and then tops with caramel drizzle. But this winter they’ve added a warm drink version to the menu, which (again for “legal” reasons) is called a Smoked Butterscotch Latte. Much like the actual hot Butterbeer that Harry and his friends drink in the novels, the drink is made with “a smooth combination of espresso and steamed milk with a smoked butterscotch sauce, finished with a sprinkling of smoky butterscotch topping.” 

According to BritCo:

 Christal Canzler, whose team develops new handcrafted espresso beverages for Starbucks explains, “The smoky flavor balances the subtle sweetness of the butterscotch. It acts as a savory ingredient that enhances the coffee.”

This is a seasonal drink, and with winter only happening in controlled bursts this year, it’s certain that the drink won’t be around long enough to even see Winter arrive in Westeros for Season 6. So Foodie Potter fans need to hurry to their local shop and try one while they’re still available.

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Or if you’re like me, and drink cold coffee even when it’s below freezing, you can just stick to your usual Frappacino version of a Butterbeer.