STARBUCKS fans might soon get freshly baked bread and focaccia sandwiches with their favourite frapuccino.
The coffee chain has teamed up with Princi, a well-loved Italian family brand, to launch in-store artisanal bakeries – although it might be a while before we see any in the UK.
Princi is famed for its breads, baked goods as well as tempting cakes, and everything is hand-baked in store.
And Starbucks is now going to start introducing these bakeries into their coffeeshops.
This means that there will be over 100 new items on the menu including flaky cornetti (the Italian version of the much-loved croissant) and focaccia sandwiches filled with salame Milano and mozzarella di bufala.
All ingredients will be imported from Italy.
The first Princi bakery and café location opened this month in the US in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle.
It will be followed by outlets in Shanghai opening in December 2017, Milan later in 2018, and New York, Tokyo and Chicago thereafter.
There’s already a standalone Princi bakery in London, on Wardour Street in Soho.
But sadly there are no immediate plans for Princi bakeries to open at any British Starbucks’ outlets.
“Rocco Princi is an artisan who, at an early age, discovered a love of bread making and through determination as well as an obsession for finding the perfect ingredients, has created an Italian food experience that I think is unparalleled,” Howard Schultz, the boss of Starbucks, said.
“His passion for authentic food and respect for Milanese culture come through in everything he does, and I think our customers are going to fall in love with Princi,” he added.
Rocco Princi, the founder of the bakery, said he is “excited” and “humbled” that Starbucks’ customers will now be able to experience Princi’s food.
He added: “Having worked side by side with the team that Starbucks has assembled, I have seen firsthand their talent as well as the attention they have given to ensuring that the fresh, authentic, handcrafted ingredients that define the Princi experience are being honoured.
In the UK, Starbucks recently unveiled its Christmas drinks menu with key festive flavours including, toffee nut, gingerbread eggnog and fudge.
The Sun Online also previously revealed how to get a free refill at Starbucks if that one coffee wasn’t enough.