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.
Retro Starbucks Coffee
Running: May 15, 2019 – June 18, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches across Japan. While supplies last.
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
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