Starbucks matcha marches into the Via lineup with new, Japan-exclusive green tea drink mix

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The powdered drink series isn’t just for coffee anymore.

While most people immediately think “coffee” when they hear “Starbucks,” the immensely popular chain of cafes also does a brisk business in teas at its Japanese locations. In 2001, the chain introduced the Matcha Cream Frappuccino, which predated the current matcha sweets boom by several years and paved the way for this year’s Chocolate Brownie Matcha, plus the matcha tea latte, which was added to the menu in 2006.

Now, Starbucks is bringing out the first Japan-exclusive item in its Via line of instant beverage mixes: Tea Essence Matcha.

▼ Tea Essence Matcha, hanging out with its coffee-based Via half-siblings

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The matcha Via contains the same domestically produced matcha tea powder as Starbucks uses for its barista-prepared beverages while offering the convenience and portability of Via’s powdered drink bases. Starbucks recommends mixing the contents of a pack with milk for a rich, relaxing cup of matcha latte.

Matcha Via goes on sale June 17 at Starbucks Japan branches and through the company’s online store, priced at 650 yen (US$5.90) for a pack of five.

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!

Starbucks Japan debuts Strawberry Delight Frappuccino for limited time

 

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Step aside Strawberries and Creme, Starbucks Japan just changed the frapp game with their new Strawberry Delight Frappuccino. The new drink is made up of milk, ice, strawberry syrup, strawberry whipped cream, comes topped with whipped cream, and is served with an extra wide straw to suck up all the sliced strawberry pieces mixed within the frapp.

Sounding infinitely more delicious than its U.S. counterpart, the new Strawberry Delight Frappuccino will run you 590 yen ($5.82 USD) for a tall and is only available through the end of August at Starbucks Japan locations. If you can’t get yourself to Japan before then, why not sweetly ask your local barista to whip you up one of these crazy drinks?

 

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Hiroshi Fujiwara and Starbucks have once again joined forces, dropping yet another fragment design x Starbucks collaboration for their Omotesando B-Side concept store. Like last season’s leopard-spotted THERMOS, all-over prints once again reign supreme as Starbucks cards, a THERMOS beverage bottle, and coffee mug all come decked out in florals and fragment branding.

Both the cards and beverage vessels are due out July 16 in limited quantities.

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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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Six sensational Starbucks in Japan for sakura spectators

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With the earliest varieties of cherry blossoms already starting to bloom around Tokyo, it’s almost time for sakura season to get into full swing! It’s Japan’s most enticing time to get out of the house and enjoy the beauty of nature! There’s just one little problem, though.

So if you’re torn between feeling immersed in Japanese culture and feeling anything in your toes, here are six Starbucks locations where you can relax with a warm cup of coffee while gazing at the cherry blossoms just outside the windows.

 

1. Ueno Onishi Koen / 上野恩賜公園店

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Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno Koen 8-22
東京都 台東区 上野公園8-22
Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Starting off with one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing parties), Starbuck’s has a location inside Ueno Park. While tables indoors will give you a view of the blossoms, there’s also ample seating outside, and on afternoons from March 29 to April 6, employees will even be working coffee carts in front of the building to help process to-go orders as quickly as possible.

2. Kagurazakashita / 神楽坂下店

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Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 1-9-2, Hedenaga Building
東京都 新宿区 神楽坂1-9-2 秀永ビル
Open 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Long a center for intellectuals and expats, Starbuck’s Kagurazaka branch is located close to the major rail hub of Iidabashi Station. Grab a seat, enjoy the view of the cherry tree-lined Kandagawa River, and relax with the knowledge that this branch stays open extra late.

3. Kamakura Onaricho /鎌倉御成町店

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Kanagawa-ken, Kamakura-shi, Onaricho 15-11
神奈川県鎌倉市御成町15-11
Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Heading south from Tokyo into Kanagawa Prefecture, you’ll come to the city of Kamakura, which served as the capital of Japan from 1192 to 1333. While the Onaricho branch of Starbucks hasn’t been around nearly that long, it does have a more recent historical connection, as the coffee house stands on the site of the former home of comic artist Ryuichi Yokoyama, best known for his title Fuku-chan which saw an animated adaptation in the early 1980s.

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Aside from displaying Yokoyama’s artwork in the shop’s interior, the late artist’s garden’s pool, wisteria, and cherry tree have been left as they were when his house still occupied the lot. The sakura here bloom from mid-April to early May, and are especially beautiful when their falling petals create a carpet on the surface of the pool’s water.

4. Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku / 京都烏丸六角店

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Kyoto-fu, Kyoto-shi, Nakagyo-ku, Rokkaku-dori, Higashitoin Nishiiri Donomaecho 254
京都府京都市中京区六角通東洞院西入堂之前町254
Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays
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Going from one former capital of Japan to another, this branch in Kyoto offers a fantastic view of Rokkakudo Temple, said to have been founded in the ninth century. Not only can visitors appreciate the structure’s unique architecture while sipping their lattes, from next week, they’ll also have a chance to see the temple’s expansive sakura tree.

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5. Toyama Kansui Koen / 富山環水公園店

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Toyama-ken, Toyama-shi, Minatoirefunecho 5
富山県富山市湊入船町5
Open 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
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Toyama City, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, is a bit off the beaten path for most travelers. Should you find yourself there in sakura season, however, it’d be worth your time to head over to Kansui Park, where the local Starbucks’ floor-to-ceiling windows also provide a view of the adjacent canal and Tenmonbashi Bridge.

6. Miyajima Service Area (Southbound) / 宮島サービスエリア(下り線)店

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Hiroshima-ken, Hatsukaichi-shi, Kamitaira 293 Miyajima Service Area Kudarisen
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Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Finally, motorists passing through Hiroshima Prefecture may want to pull off,  stretch their legs, and grab a drink at the highway rest stop (or “service area,” as they’re called in Japan) just north of Miyajima, the island is considered one of the three most beautiful places in Japan. Not only are there cherry blossoms right outside the Starbucks, there’s also a dog run, so you can enjoy a cup of java, some quality time with man’s best friend, and one of the most breathtaking views in the country all in one fell swoop.

Source: Starbucks Japan Official Blog

 

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