Forget pumpkin spice lattes, now you can get beer in your Starbucks coffee with its Espresso Cloud IPA

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Forget pumpkin spice lattes and Christmas-themed cappuccinos, Starbucks has taken its drink innovation to a whole new level this autumn – though it might be one you want to skip for your 8am coffee.

Coffee lovers and craft beer aficionados might want to stop reading now – some of you might find this news a little difficult to stomach – while others will be welcoming the news that Starbucks has created a new hybrid beverage from your two favourite drinks in its Espresso Cloud IPA.

The coffee and beer brew took a year for the Starbucks team to master and was created by coffee master Justin Burns-Beach.

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It has been inspired by the mixing process behind the coffee chain's Shakerato drinks, in which a combo of espresso and syrup is shaken until it becomes frothy.

In the Espresso Cloud, a shot of espresso is shaken over ice with orange pieces and a dash of vanilla to create a cloud of micro-foam. This is then layered on top of a just-poured beer, which is served with the cold shaken espresso shot on the side (though, of course, you can pour it in).

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