Starbucks Japan Announces Calligraphy-Inspired Goma Goma Goma Latte & Frappuccino®

19.December.2018 | FOOD

Starbucks Japan is starting up its second “STARBUCKS® JAPAN WONDER PROJECT” on December 26 which aims to promote the wonderful characteristics and elements of Japanese culture.

 

The event it is looking to is a tradition observed on New Year’s Day called Kakizome, or “first calligraphy of the year.” This has inspired two drinks to lead customers into a happy new year: the Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® that calls to mind ink and paper with its combination of black and white and the Goma Goma Goma Latte that fuses a harmonious fragrance of sesame seeds and espresso that warms you up on a cold winter’s day.

 

Kakizome is an event that originates in the old Japanese imperial court where one would prepare their ink in the morning and write a poem while facing that year’s lucky direction. The tradition today begins on January 2 in which people write their aims, goals and wishes for the new year stroke by stroke. The paper is then thrown into a fire in the middle of January as it is said the person will be able to write a more fair hand by doing so.

The Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino® is made with a white Frappuccino® body and combined with a sesame seed sauce to create a beautiful and very different design. The whipped cream on top is topped with black, white and gold sesame seeds for added crunch. It’s also drizzled in honey which goes perfectly with the seeds. The beverage’s bright and shiny appearance looks towards a hopeful 2019.

 

The hot Goma Goma Goma Latte combines sesame seeds and espresso with milk for a touch of sweetness, bringing together both a Japanese and Western taste.

 

Head to Starbucks for the coming new year where coffee meets culture.

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    29.November.2018 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan will release its third set of drinks in an ongoing series of Christmas themed beverages at the coffee chain. The new Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino® cold beverage and Pistachio Christmas Tree hot beverage will be released on December 5.

     

    Christmastime is fasting approaching in Japan―the lights sparkle and illuminate the streets and the holiday season vibe is growing. Seeing Christmas trees decorating people’s living rooms and dotted around outside is sure to elicit a mutual excitement with many people.

    Pistachio Christmas Tree Frappuccino®: Tall ¥590 (Pre-Tax) *Tall size only

    Pistachio Christmas Tree: Short ¥450 / Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti® ¥570 (Pre-Tax)

     

    Starbucks have tried to capture that same feeling with their upcoming new Christmas tree-inspired drinks made with roasted pistachios and a rich, fragrant pistachio sauce. Topping both drinks is a red ribbon raspberry sauce. At the bottom of the frappuccino is a white and snowy whipped cream along with roasted academia nuts for added texture. The whipped cream too is mixed with the pistachio sauce. Its appearance truly reminds one of a Christmas tree.

     

    The hot milk in the Pistachio Christmas Tree intensifies the flavour of the pistachios while warming both your heart and body. The Frappuccino® version is perfect with all kinds of customisation just like the hot beverages. It’s best enjoyed by creating your own when ordering – it’s like decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments.

     

    The recommended customisation with the hot pistachio drink is an espresso shot. It creates an irresistible harmony with the roasted texture of the macadamia nuts and the texture of the pistachios. For the frappe, try the almond toffee syrup. It draws out the flavours of both types of nuts and creates a dessert-like taste. You should also try soy milk with either of these new drinks as it results in a richer flavour and highlights the pistachios even more.

     

    Christmas is almost upon us so why not celebrate with one of Starbucks’ special seasonal selections?

  • Starbucks Japan Unveils Snowy White Chocolate Frappuccino

    21.November.2018 | FOOD

    The second round of Starbucks Japan’s Christmas drinks will arrive in the form of the new White Chocolate Snow Frappuccino® and White Chocolate Snow.

     

    These two wintertime beverages are inspired by snow falling on Christmas Day to warm the hearts of people this holiday season. A line-up of limited edition sparkly merchandise as well as desserts and food will also be sold.

    White Chocolate Snow: Short ¥440/Tall ¥480/Grande ¥520/Venti® ¥560 (Pre-Tax)

    White Chocolate Snow Frappuccino®: Tall ¥580 (Tall Size Only / Pre-Tax)

    At the core of many people’s heart during this time is the image of a White Christmas. Starbucks’ two new snowy beverages aims to light that seasonal vibe in people and evoke those Christmas memories.

     

    The drinks are topped with white chocolate sauce, marshmallows and whipped cream to create piled-up snow, and the silver dragees are coated with shiny silver leaf to look like sparkly snowflakes. Both beverages are like White Christmas in a cup, combining white chocolate and milk to create a rich, comforting flavour.

     

    Strawberry Gradation Cake: ¥460 (Pre-Tax)

    In the run up to Christmas, the temperature gets gradually colder, one step at a time. The Strawberry Gradation Cake is the perfect coffee time accompaniment, layered with different sections of strawberry to warm your heart.

    Chicken & Tomato Soy Cream Bread Gratin: ¥460 (Pre-Tax)

    There’s also the crunchy bread gratin cooked in a stove furnace and filled with a soy milk tomato cream, roast chicken, pumpkin, broccoli, red paprika and cheese.

     

    Feel that comforting vibe that only Christmas can give you season with Starbucks’ special new menu line-up.

  • Starbucks Japan Osaka Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Meccha Matcha Latte & Frappuccino

    06.November.2018 | FOOD

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Starbucks Japan setting up shop in Osaka, the coffee chain is holding a 10-day event titled Osaka 20th Thanks Week at 105 branches across Osaka Prefecture.

     

    The celebration will see community activities taking place at each branch along with the serving of the new Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte and Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino, two beverages crafted by the Osakan baristas of Starbucks for the Osakan locals.

    The first Starbucks branch to open in Western Japan was at HEP FIVE in Umeda, Osaka on November 28, 1998. The keyword for these beverages is omoroi, a word in Kansai dialect that means ‘interesting’ and ‘amusing,’ and one that is intended to warm the hearts of those who drink these new beverages. Matcha is used as the base flavour for both of these drinks. It should also tickle the fancy of those who know that Osaka was the birthplace of Sen no Rikyū, one of the most influential figures on the Japanese way of tea.

     

    The three matcha beverages―the hot or iced latte and frappuccino―uses 1.5 times more matcha powder than Starbucks’ regular matcha drinks. This explains the meccha in the title of the beverages which in Japanese means ‘very’ or in this case ‘a lot.’

    Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino®: Short ¥550/Tall ¥590/Grande ¥630/Venti® ¥670 (Pre-Tax)

    The base of the Osaka Meccha Matcha Frappuccino® is refreshing vanilla ice cream on top of which sits colourful matcha, creating a contrast of white and green. Squirted on top is a fluffy serving of whipped cream drizzled in caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and extra matcha powder. Not only is this beverage made to look like Osaka Castle’s main keep, it’s also made to reflect the vim and vigour of the Osakan spirit that always wants to try “this and that.”

     

    Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte (Hot/Iced): Short ¥440/Tall ¥480/Grande ¥520/Venti® ¥560 (Pre-Tax)

    The iced version of the Osaka Meccha Matcha Latte is based on the popular matcha tea latte while the hot version is the perfect accompaniment to warm you up during the cold season.

     

    If you’re in Osaka later this month then be sure to enjoy these meccha matcha drinks conceived from the minds of the baristas of Osaka!

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  • Starbucks Japan Announces 2nd Collaboration With Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Design Project ‘Fragment ‘Design’

    03.August.2019 | FOOD

    Following the success of the first collaboration back in 2017, Starbucks Coffee Japan has teamed up once again with Hiroshi Fujiwara and his design project Fragment Design. The collection this time around will include the Fragment/Starbucks VIA® Coffee Essence Caramel & Cup and the Mocha & Cup. Both will go on sale at most Starbucks branches and the online store in Japan from August 7.

     

    Starbucks VIA® is an instant coffee produced by Starbucks which simply requires you to add milk and water, allowing you to enjoy Starbucks’s signature taste wherever you go.

    This Starbucks VIA® collaboration comes as a set with both the instant coffee packs as well as an iced coffee cup. The cups and packages are designed by Fragment Design which is spearheaded by Japanese musician and designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The caramel flavour comes with a grey design and the mocha with navy.

     

    Pick your coffee of choice and enjoy Starbucks at home, at the workplace or anywhere outdoors.

  • Starbucks Japan Unveils New Lemon Yoghurt Fermented Frappuccino®

    14.June.2019 | FOOD

    Summertime is well underway at Starbucks Japan as the coffee chain announces its third summer season beverage: the Lemon Yoghurt Fermented Frappuccino®.

    Lemon Yoghurt Fermented Frappuccino: Tall ¥630 (Before Tax)

    “Fermentation” has taken the limelight in Japanese food culture recently. Starbucks’s new beverage is the first drink they have released to include fermented ingredients―three of them, in fact. It contains rich tasting yoghurt, full-bodied and flavoursome cheese, and some sweet sake for a mix of Japanese and Western flavours to create a refreshing drink perfect even during Japan’s rainy season.

     

    The characteristic of this Frappuccino® is its smooth and velvety original yoghurt which is used as the base of the entire drink. Added to this are cheese-mixed baked sablés and natural cheese packed with freeze-dried strawberries. The clincher is the refreshing lemon curd sauce which contains a sweet sake that wraps deliciously around the sour taste of the lemon.

    The Lemon Yoghurt Fermented Frappuccino® will be released at most Starbucks branches across Japan for a limited time starting on June 19, 2019.

  • Refreshing Green Apple Frozen Green Tea Selling at Starbucks

    13.June.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks has developed a new frozen drink to quench your dry throat on a hot and humid day. Stay quenched with the Teavana® Frozen Sencha Tea X Green Apple Frappuccino.

    TEAVANA (TM) Frozen Tea Sencha X Green Apple Short: ¥450  Tall: ¥490 Grande: ¥530 Venti: ® ¥570 (before tax)

    TEAVANA is an original Japanese tea brand. The new drink consists of a variety of iced green teas such as sencha, matcha and much more. Green shiso leaves, Japanese pepper and peppermint are blended and added to the drink to accent the flavour. This is combined with the frozen compote which is made using green Granny Smith apples sourced from Italy. Finally, a paste made from the citrus fruit Kabosu is used to finish off the drink. This Japanese-style drink is a fusion of different kinds of green tea and green fruits. The different shades of green also gives a very refreshing impression.  

     

    As it is getting hotter and hotter, you can count on this drink to give you a quick refreshing pick-me-up!

  • Starbucks Reserve® Bar Unveils Shakerato Mint Freddo

    09.June.2019 | FOOD

    Coffee lovers will absolutely want to have a sip of the new Shakerato Mint Freddo arriving at 14 branches of Starbucks Reserve® Bar in Japan on June 10.

    Shakerato Mint Freddo

    Following in the footsteps of Roastery Tokyo’s popular Cold Brew Freddo and Reserve® Bar’s Shakerato Freddo, the next beverage to pour its way into the Freddo line-up is the Shakerato Mint Freddo. The rich espresso and shaken fresh mint bring a refreshing quality to the smooth ice cream. A perfect drink for the coming summer season.

     

    But wait, there’s more. The drink is also contains a drizzle of orange sugar syrup which is a mix of refreshingly sour and bitter orange peel and sweet sugar.

  • 3 ways you can customise your Starbucks Pudding Almond Frappuccino® in Japan!

    26.May.2019 | FOOD

    From Weds 15/05 ー Tues 18/06/2019, the Barista no Kimagure Pudding will be implemented at most Starbucks cafés across Japan and with it comes many options to customise your drink and maximise your experience!

     

    To introduce some customisation ideas, here are three ways you can customise the Pudding Almond Frappuccino® !

    Recommendation 1: With coffee (+ ¥50, price before tax) 

    This creates a bittersweet flavour. It’s like eating coffee pudding!

    Recommendation 2: With chocolate sauce (free!)

    This really feels like a dessert! The flavour will make you feel like you’re eating chocolate pudding.

    Recommendation 3: With citrus fruit pieces (+ ¥100, price before tax)

    Add a burst of fruit! This is a dash of vibrant colour and refreshing flavour to compliment the almond pudding.

     

    Explore the different ways to customise your drink and find your favorite flavour!

  • Starbucks Japan Releases New Purin Almond Frappuccino®

    24.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    The latest craze over on Japanese Instagram right now is Starbucks’s new Purin Almond Frappuccino®. I myself don’t use Instagram all that much, yet even I’ve noticed how vigorously people are posting about it.

    When I saw how cute the drink looks and began making it into a news article for MMN, I wanted to try it myself.

     

    Starbucks Japan are currently selling a range of retro-style beverages and desserts which have that old fashioned kind of appeal of them. As well as the new Purin Almond Frappuccino they are also selling a Coffee Jelly Cake and more. Check here for more details.

     

    Without further ado, I headed to my closest Starbucks branch to try out the Purin Almond Frappuccino. There were four groups ahead of me in the line and there was someone in each group who ordered it! It’s safe to say then that it’s definitely popular.

    The drink collection counter has its own retro Starbucks Coffee sign so I snapped a photo of it with my drink. My local branch serves drinks with lids, but I wanted to take a nice photo without one so I requested mine without one.

     

    There are some branches without this sign so be sure to enquire in-branch if you’re looking for one.

    I decided to take another photo because of the placement of the cherry. With that out the way, it’s time to taste!

     

    So tasty! Contrary to my expectations, it isn’t sickly-sweet. Within the sweetness of the purin and the bitterness of the caramel are pieces of mango, apple and strawberry jelly. The whipped cream adds its own moderate sweetness too.

     

    The retro-style Starbucks line is running until June 18. If you’re in Japan during that time head into your closest branch and try out the various items they have on the menu. They have a nostalgic yet modern feel to them.

  • Starbucks launches limited sales of First-King mugs with special edition logos!

    23.May.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    On Wednesday 15th May 2019, Starbucks Coffee Japan launched the second round of their summer season menu! This is your opportunity to indulge in slightly retro-style drinks! There’s the Pudding Almond Frappuccino®, toasted sandwiches, coffee jelly cake, and many more somehow nostalgic yet new beverages, foods and much more. The summer season menu is being implemented in most Starbucks cafés countrywide.


    On Wednesday 22nd May, Starbucks released mugs designed by tableware manufacturer Fire-King, who also designed the special promotion icon-like logo on the mug.

     

    Without any special coating, the mugs adopt Fire-King’s signature milk glass appearance. These come in limited supply, so please check them out before they’re gone!

  • Pudding almond frappuccino and more! Enter the cute retro world of Starbucks coffee ♡ New summer promotion drinks out soon!

    11.May.2019 | FOOD

    For the second year in a row, Starbucks Japan will be launching its summer season promotion from Wednesday 15th May 2019. The promotional summer drinks will be slightly retro-themed and only temporary! The new menu includes pudding almond frappuccino®, a new toasted sandwich, coffee jelly cake, and much more! This new menu of nostalgic yet new beverages and meals will be introduced into most Starbucks branches across the country.

    To really spread the love of Japanese coffee house culture, the retro promotional period will be complemented with a specially made logo which resembles a retro coffee shop sign. This new logo sign will be placed at 20 Starbucks cafes across Japan. Our nostalgic love is the central focal point of this promotion plan, and from this, Starbucks has created something new for everyone to enjoy. Come enjoy a special moment at Starbucks. ♪

    Something nostalgic: Pudding almond frappuccino ® ¥620 (+ tax)

    Pudding almond is a dessert flavour that originated in Japan. This consists of pudding and caramel, vivid fruits and whipped cream. This retro dessert flavour is stilled loved by the Japanese even to this day! As well as the aesthetics and reputation of the drink, the nostalgic lingering taste of the pudding almond flavour is also to die for. The dessert has been arranged in a typical Starbucks style ー the pudding almond frappuccino®. This drink is a brand new unique way to enjoy a dessert!

     

    To add the finishing touches, the pudding frappuccino ® is topped off with bittersweet caramel sauce and three different types of mixed fruits: mango, strawberry, and apple. The vivid mixed fruits sparkle like jewels and add a modern touch to the drink. Last but not least, the symbolic icon; a syrup-glazed, deep red-coloured cherry garnishes the top of the whipped cream. 

    Cold brew coffee: Short ¥330/Tall ¥370/Grande ¥410/Venti ¥450 (+ tax)
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    Viennese coffee Short ¥340/Tall ¥380/Grande ¥420/Venti® ¥460 (+ tax)
    Toasted egg & ham sandwich  ¥380 (+ tax)

    This menu is full of foods and drinks that are a nostalgic blast from the past! Indulge in smooth coffee jelly with strong espresso beans that accent the flavour, or sink your teeth into the crunchy toasted ham and egg sandwich with melty cheese and juicy ham. Taste the standard cold brew coffee which is made over a long period using cold water to gently brew the coffee, and compare it to the Viennese drip coffee which is topped with whipped cream! There’s just so much in the coffee world of Starbucks. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or just a coffee break, come spend a nostalgic moment with your favourite beverage or tuck into a meal!

     

    As we move away from the Heisei era and into the Reiwa era, Starbucks invites you to embrace the old culture and anticipate the new, and to be at peace with the ever-changing world.

  • Combat the heat with the brand new Royal Milk Tea Frappuccino ®!

    28.April.2019 | FOOD

    From Saturday 4th May, the very store that sold out of their #STRAWBERRYVERYMUCHFRAPPUCCINO® will be introducing a Royal Milk Tea Frappuccino®.

     

    Enjoy the flavour of Starbucks’ milk tea and its strong aroma. This frappuccino is the perfect refreshing drink to kick off the summer! The tea flavour is made from a blend of a mix of tea leaves and then milk is added for a rich flavour. The milk tea is topped with shortbread and honey for a mild sweetness, making it taste just like a dessert!

     

    You just have to try this drink ー it’s perfect to battle the hot season!

  • Starbucks collaborates with BEAMS to release travel-themed goods! Available for a limited time only!

    25.April.2019 | FASHION

    Starbucks coffee Japan is collaborating with BEAMS’ senior creative director Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe’s Institute of Creation. The collaboration will take place at Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo (Roastery Tokyo for short). This involves the release of a variety of new products that are based on a new perspective of creation. Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo will be introducing the lineup for a limited time only starting from Wednesday 25th April 2019.

    Keyring (room key) ¥3,000

    The first collaboration between Roastery Tokyo and Beams Institution of Creation took place on 28th February 2019.  To celebrate Roastery Tokyo’s grand opening, they collaborated with BEAMS Institution of Creation to release multiple products themed around the keyword “PLAY”. The collaboration attracted a lot of attention from overseas as well as within Japan. This time, the collaboration project theme is “TRAVEL”, so pop by Roastery Tokyo to see the collection of this new product range!

    Holiday sunglasses ¥23,000

    From Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture to Fukui prefecture, the lineup consists of a range of products from different areas of the country. All items are made carefully by skilled and passionate makers with earnest intentions. Each of the product brands has a special history that you could spend forever talking about. All products are both beautiful and functional and were made with careful attention to detail. Each item is worthy to represent the best of Japanese products. Once you get your hands on one, you will immediately feel travel vibes!

    Travel pouch for cables ¥4,000

    The only thing Roastery Tokyo can’t quench is its thirst for discovery. Come enjoy a moment to yourself away from the hustle and bustle of city life in the unique and creative atmosphere of the cafe. Before your holiday travels, make sure to browse the selection of travel items which are sure to get you in the mood for adventure!

     

  • Starbucks Japan to Release Espresso Affogato Frappuccino®

    22.April.2019 | FOOD

    Starbucks Japan is releasing its new Espresso Affogato Frappuccino® across all branches on April 25.

     

    The coffee beverage takes on a beautiful marble appearance formed with freshly-drawn espresso and a cream that has a rich, refreshing aftertaste. The mix of these two ingredients creates a perfect harmony of bitter and sweet.

     

    Much thought was put into this recipe before it was finalised. For customers to enjoy a stronger smelling but milder espresso the drink uses a ristretto, a shot of espresso that is made with the same amount of ground coffee but extracted with half to three-quarters the amount of water to create a concentrated shot of coffee.

     

    Brown sugar is added to the drink to maintain the same style of espresso drinking in Italy which adds depth to the overall flavour. The drink base is cream which has a strong milky taste and unexpectedly refreshing aftertaste. It’s topped with fluffy whipped cream, resulting in the perfect drink to sip on during the coming hot weather.

  • Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo’s New Tea Cocktails

    18.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo’s second floor Teavana™ tea bar and third floor Arriviamo™ have come together to create a new line of tea cocktail beverages.

     

    Roastery Tokyo boasts the biggest Teavana™ in the world where they stock their own loose leaf Signature Blend Tea and Pure Tea. The tea leaves they use are a mix of three Japanese-style leaves: gyokuro, sencha and genmaicha. The tea bar pays respect to Japan’s tea tradition that has been around since ancient times by ensuring that every time you drink their tea it is a refined and graceful experience.

     

    The tea bar also makes use of Rostery Tokyo’s unique mixology skills to create revolutionary tea beverages, tea desserts and loose leaf tea blends. Their Signature beverages are made with only the best ingredients and calculated with perfection to draw out the colour, flavour and fragrance of the tea leaves to their absolute max.

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    The Citrus Mint Tonic is a refreshing summertime mix of Citrus Lavender Sage Tea, lime and mint.

    Shun You: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)

    Shun You is inspired by the sights you see walking through Saigōyama Park in Tokyo during springtime. It’s made with sweet Uji gyokuro tea, dill and lemon peel. The herb and citrus adds a refreshing quality to the tea.

     

    Arriviamo™ is Starbucks Japan’s first authentic bar service where they serve revolutionary cocktails and craft cocktails at Roastery Tokyo. Inspired by Italian aperitif, the bar serves coffee with alcohol in it, caffeine free cocktails, aperitif, wine, beer, the non-alcoholic Spirits Free and more. The bar menu was conceived by esteemed mixologist Julia Momose .

    Ichigo Shakerato: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

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