Friday, September 13, 2013

Starbucks Japan Summer Specials

The sign outside of a Shinjuku Starbucks

When I arrived in Japan at the height of summer in August, temperatures were pushing 40  degrees Celsius and humidity was over 80%.  On the bright side, I was just in time to sample Starbucks Japan summer specials:

Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino and Chocolate Brownie Matcha Crème Frappucino

I tried the cheesecake one in Tokyo while on a business trip in downtown Shinjuku. I was not terribly in love with it, as it reminded me more of a milkshake than a frappuccino.

On the other hand, I ordered the Chocolate Brownie Matcha Crème Frappucino every chance I got in Matsue city. There is only one Starbucks in our prefecture and it is 2 hours away from me! Fortunately I had a 10-day business trip in Matsue, so I got to go to Starbucks almost every day.

Pure bliss.

For those who don’t know, “matcha” is that gloriously strong green tea in Japan, that Starbucks has adapted to a Frappuccino, which is both bright green and deliciously sweet. When combined with brownie crumbles, it is even better.

Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino

Chocolate Brownie Matcha Frappuccino

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