Some of you may remember back in October when I lamented the imminent removal of the Mocha Valencia from Starbucks’ menu. I honestly couldn’t figure out why they would phase out the orange syrup considering the immense popularity of orange-flavored chocolate.
Well, a few weeks ago, my local Starbucks barista informed me of a new orange syrup being added to the menu. The new drink? The Orange Mocha. How clever.
I was thrilled to hear I would once again enjoy orangey goodness in my mochas, but also a tad leery. So many questions:
Why get rid of your orange syrup only to bring another one in six months later?
Why has the name changed from “Valencia” to “Orange”?
What will this new syrup taste like?
Will the Orange Mocha cost more than the previous Mocha Valencia?
Why can’t they come out with a 32 ounce “Enorme” cup size?
Admittedly, I tend to over-think things.
Getting to the point, I purchased a new Starbucks Orange Mocha the other day and, quickly realizing it was waaaaaay more orangey than the old Mocha Valencia, decided to do a bit of research and share the findings with you, my coffee-loving VOX pals. The goal of this research would be, of course, to determine what steps were necessary to bring the new Orange Mocha closer to what the Mocha Valencia used to be.
It was not a complicated investigation and required no more legwork than walking to the cupboard for a large mug.
You see, I had also purchased a mocha for Karin, but sans the orange. When I explained to her that I had taken a chance on the new Orange Mocha and had been somewhat disappointed by what I felt was an over-abundance of citrus, she agreed to mixing our drinks half by half, thereby significantly cutting the orange flavor. Imagining the cups and mug were graduated beakers, I made like a mad scientist, pouring brown liquids back and forth. Then I gave a ritualistic taste…
…the flavor was almost exactly like the old Mocha Valencia. Perhaps cut a little too much, but very close. Close enough for me to be able to say:
If you loved the old Starbucks Mocha Valencia, simply order the new Orange Mocha with half the allotted amount of orange syrup (and no orange drizzle). That should do the trick.
But you will pay more than you did before, which is why this will not become my standard coffee drink. Stuff’s obscenely priced as it is.