As long as there is a Starbucks near my airport terminal, I will be satisfied, especially in the morning. After waking up extremely early, I needed a light dose of caffeine and lucky me, there was a Starbucks not two gates down, with the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee penetrating the surrounding areas, drawing to the café a long line of caffeine-deprived travellers. The food display also showed a menu quite different from the usual American Starbucks, including Chocolate Chunk, Reduced Fat Blueberry, and Cran Apple Bran Muffins as well as Iced Cranberry Orange Scones.
What caught my eye, though, was the Classic Cinnamon Twist, which was almost completely different from the usual items you will see. It was a twisted doughnut with thin swirls of cinnamon and a sugar glaze on top. The concept is actually very common, especially considering how it is just a differently shaped, glazed cinnamon doughnut. However, it is rare for Starbucks. The cinnamon was not very apparent so I could have used more of it. The sugar glaze was good and sweet, almost crumbly and falling off so it was not completely melted. Since it was cold instead of room temperature, the dough was actually somewhat dry than the regular doughnut. It was soft but not very sticky and chewy, which is what you get when you freeze doughnuts. Apart from the texture of the dough, which was quite a big deal, the dessert, for $1.60, was quite decent. At least it was not frozen to the point that it was bad; a tad moister would have been nice.
My Skinny Hazelnut Latte had a nice thin layer of frothy foam on top. I was surprised they charged extra for the syrup but since it is at the airport, I guess it was expected. The artificial hazelnut flavour was very strong but not repulsive or too overwhelming. The steamed skim milk had a light and rich aroma. I probably should have asked for extra hot, as it was a chilly early morning and the coffee cooled very quickly.
With this experience, I know I will be tracking down those Starbucks next time when I am at the airport. All those special treats ought to be tried out one by one. Sadly, that will not be anytime soon. I am glad the prices were not outrageous and interesting food always make the trip more fun.