Starbucks Japan to release frozen drink maker for homemade cool refreshments

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Who’s ready for the hot and humid summer? Japan is approaching the second half of spring, and Starbucks has your back. Later this month they’ll be releasing the “Starbucks Frozen Drink Maker” – a reusable mug that doubles as a super simple frozen coffee mixer. It’s easy, it’s cold and it’s delicious. Let’s take a look!

Starbucks Coffee Japan, will be releasing their “Starbucks Frozen Drink Maker” on May 13 in outlets across the country, so you’ll have plenty of time to practice before the blistering summer really hits full force.

Not that you’ll need a lot of practice though, as the cup makes it incredibly easy to make frozen coffee, which is good, because you might be making it before you’ve had your morning joe, obviously.

The cup is an original design by Starbucks’ kitchenware division and is quite a design indeed. It consists of an inner core and an outer shell. Your frozen drink takes a bit of foresight though, as you have to stick the inner core in the freezer overnight (or at least for a significant length of time) before you can use it.

After the core has been successfully chilled, however, all you have to do is pop it into the glass outer sleeve, pour in a packet of Starbucks VIA flavored instant coffee and 180 millilitres (6 US fluid ounces) of milk, then wait two minutes. Once there is a frozen crust, break it with the special spoon and gently stir it up for seven more minutes. The seven minutes of stirring may tire you out a bit, but it will be well worth it for the delightfully refreshing frozen coffee drink you will create.

▼ It will be so easy to make any flavor you want by using the instant coffee sticks.

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The only problem we foresee with this system is that if you want to make more than one drink a day, you’ll either have to wait a long time between drinks, in order to allow the inner core to freeze again, or you’ll just need to have multiple cores chilling in the freezer at any given time. Good thing it comes in the three different “refreshing summer colors” of yellow, white, and light blue. You might as well get one of each. At 3,000 yen (US$25) a pop, however, perhaps it would be best just to stick to one frozen drink a day.

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A daily dose of frozen coffee may not make you immune to the stickiness of summer, but it will at least give you an occasional refreshing respite and now you don’t even have to leave the comfortable air-conditioning of your home to get it. Thank you, Starbucks; summer suddenly seems a little less daunting.

Starbucks to release Almond Milk Latte and Frappuccino in Japan for a limited time

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For years, fans of Starbucks have been petitioning the coffee chain for a non-dairy alternative to soy. While the company recently responded by adding coconut milk options to their U.S. menus, lovers of almond milk were left out in the cold due to concerns over nut allergens.

Now, for a limited time, Starbucks Japan will be taking the bold step out into nut allergen territory with the release of the Almond Milk Frappuccino with Honey Crunch and the Almond Milk Latte with Honey Crunch. If you’re in Japan from 18 March to 14 April, you’ll be one of the lucky few to introduce your tastebuds to a sweet treat others can only dream of!

The Frappuccino features a good blend of honey and almond milk, topped with honey-flavored whipped cream and sweet honey syrup. Providing the crunch are tiny nuggets of candy-coated almonds. While the tall size will retail for 520 yen (US$4.30), short sizes can also be provided on request. Although for such a rare menu item, we’ll be eyeing up the Venti at 600 yen ($4.96).

The latte promises to showcase the deliciously nutty flavor of the milk by pairing it with a mellow espresso and a light hit of honey. If you love the aroma of almond milk, this will be the drink for you. Prices start at 420 yen ($3.47) for the short size.

These limited-edition drinks will be available from most outlets around Japan and may sell out during daily business hours, depending on demand. Be sure to get in early so you don’t miss out!

Latte Motion: World’s first latte art stop-motion video

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In recent years, latte art has gotten more and more popular. These days, it’s nothing new to see your favorite manga or cartoon character on a cup of joe. In fact, we’ve even seen 3D latte art made from the foam. But one thing we’ve never seen is 1000 cups of coffee art in under 2 minutes. Well now all you caffeine-lovers can rejoice because that’s about to change. Japanese coffee maker, Maxim Stick, released one of the most impressive stop-motion videos we’ve ever seen.

Latte Motion” is described as the world’s first latte art animation. Using various items (such as nuts and macarons) to create the background, and an incredible combination of patience and determination, Maxim Stick shot 1000 cups of coffee to create the heart-warming video. As you can see in the behind-the-scenes video [below], this was no easy task. The team had to carefully cut each stencil to create smooth transitions between the cups.

All coffee cups were then gently covered with cocoa powder and placed in an exact position. The video has generated nearly 500,000 views and has received ongoing praise for it’s creativity and the hard work behind it. So even though it looked like a painfully tiring process, it was certainly worth it.

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Starbucks Japan Debuts Limited Time Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccinos

 

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Starbucks Japan has been whipping up some pretty delicious flavors recently. Last month they debuted their Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl, now for a limited time the coffee giant is adding Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccinos to the menu.

The new frozen drink comes is available in two flavors:

The Fresh Banana & Caramel Cream Frappuccino, which is a caramel frapp blended with an entire banana then topped with whipped cream, white chocolate brownie crumbles, then drizzled with caramel sauce.

The Fresh Banana Chocolate & Cream Frappuccino is basically the same thing but with chocolate, it contains a whole banana blended in a chocolate frapp topped with whipped cream, brownie crumbles and chocolate sauce.

These have banana in them so it’s totally healthy right? The frapps come with extra wide straws so you won’t suck yourself silly trying to get at those brownie and banana chunks.

Both drinks are set to debut on April 16 and will be available until May 11. To get a version of this frapp here in the U.S. might we suggest asking your local barista to blend a whole banana into your favorite chocolate or caramel frapp?


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Starbucks Japan releases yet another drool-worthy Frappuccino flavor for summer

 

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Starbucks Japan does it again with another seasonal item: the Crunchy Cookie Frappuccino. It’s like milk and cookies in a cup, but it’ll also keep you cool this summer. With a vanilla base, chocolate chunk cookie clusters, and even almonds, it sounds like it’ll be another tempting option on their menu…with an entire cookie crumbled up and blended in!

 

The cookie used in the recipe is a modification of their ever-popular chocolate chunk cookie. It’s specially formulated and baked extra long to retain its crunch in the slow-melting Frappuccino, so you can crunch your way through until the very end.

 

▼ You’re saying I get a dessert in my dessert? Awesome!

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Starbucks lovers all over Japan will be salivating in anticipation until its release on May 12. It’s only on sale until August 31 though, so be sure to enjoy it while you can. Whether you’re inside to take refuge from the heat or going for a walk on the beach, it will be a sweet addition to your summer plans.

They will be priced at 540 yen (US$5.26) for a tall, 580 ($5.65) for a grande and 620 ($6.04) for a venti.

While this Frappuccino does not contain coffee, you can always customize by adding a shot of espresso or coffee for just 50 yen. There are a number of tempting options like caramel sauce, chocolate chips and cinnamon. See how many variations you can make while it’s still on the menu!

Sources: Narinari, Starbucks 

 

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Starbucks Japan debuts limited-edition Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccinos

 

 

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FoodBeast:

Starbucks Japan has been whipping up some pretty delicious flavors recently. Last month they debuted their Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl, now for a limited time the coffee giant is adding Fresh Banana & Chocolate Cream Frappuccinos to the menu.

The new frozen drink comes is available in two flavors:

The Fresh Banana & Caramel Cream Frappuccino, which is a caramel frapp blended with an entire banana then topped with whipped cream, white chocolate brownie crumbles, then drizzled with caramel sauce.

The Fresh Banana Chocolate & Cream Frappuccino is basically the same thing but with chocolate, it contains a whole banana blended in a chocolate frapp topped with whipped cream, brownie crumbles and chocolate sauce.

These have banana in them so it’s totally healthy right? The frapps come with extra wide straws so you won’t suck yourself silly trying to get at those brownie and banana chunks.

Both drinks are set to debut on April 16 and will be available until May 11.

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Starbucks Japan whips up Lemon-Flavored Latte that tastes like ‘cheesecake’

 

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Lemon is what you squeeze into tea and water, not coffee right? But what if you’re craving some good zest with your morning pick-me-up, because reasons? It’s a good thing Starbucks drinks tend to be more dessert than coffee, huh?

In its Japanese locations, which seem to get at least five new flavors for our every one, Starbucks just introduced a new “Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl.”

According to Brand Eating, this entails a vanilla and lemon curd latte base topped with lemon peel-flavored white chocolate, bits of dried lemon peel, lemon vanilla sauce, and whipped cream; also available as a Frappuccino.

 

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Reviews on the Starbucks Japan Facebook suggest the drink tastes “refreshing” and a bit like “cheesecake.” According to reddit, the name is also “f–king annoying to say in Japanese.”

 

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Starbucks Japan introduces Chocolate Pretzel Mochas

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In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Starbucks Japan unveiled their latest limited-time treat: Chocolate Pretzel Mochas and Frappuccinos.

What do pretzels have to do with fat babies shooting pink arrows? BrandEating explains that the pretzel’s heart-shape coincides with the Valentine’s Day theme. I’d protest, but pretzels are damn delicious.

The Chocolate Pretzel Mocha features your standard mocha innards of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate syrup and whipped cream, plus crushed chocolate almond bits and pretzels. The Frappuccino version features the same ingredients but comes blended with ice and gets an additional whole pretzel as a topping.

The new coffee drinks debut January 15, 2014 and start at  430 yen ($4.09 US) for a tall Chocolate Pretzel Mocha, while the tall frappuccino will run you 490 yen ($4.67 US).

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