Although Starbucks consistently offers a core menu around the globe, there are other flavors that are only unique to the taste of Japan and the Asia Pacific. Since Japan and its neighboring countries are famous for their love affair with tea, it is most likely to find tea-based frappuccinos in these Starbucks outlets. However, there are also some Starbuck’s special offers that are not tea-based but are still limited to Japan and Asia Pacific.
First introduced in 2012, this frappuccino from Japan is flavored with hojicha mixed with a specially made Earl Grey flavored jelly. While other types of green tea are steamed, the base flavor hojicha is a green tea that is roasted in porcelain using charcoal. It is in this roasting process that adds a dark reddish amber color to the tea leaves. On the other hand, Earl Grey is a blend of black tea flavored with extracts from the rind of the floral and aromatic bergamot orange that is cultured in Italy. Thus, the jelly adds a refreshing taste and aroma to the drink.
The idea of chocolate and matcha mixed together may seem rather unusual but, surprisingly, the sweet chocolate brownie balances the bitter taste of the matcha green tea. The drink consists mainly of finely ground high-grade green tea with a frappuccino base blended with chocolate chips, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles of soft, moist and chunky brownies.
Tiramisu frappuccino was first offered in Japan on the summer of 2013. However, the catch is that there are two tiramisu frappuccino flavors that can be ordered: the coffee version and the white version. The coffee version uses a standard coffee frappuccino base covered in a layer of cookie and brownie bits and topped with cream cheese mouse with sprinkles of cocoa powder. The white version has a white caramel frappuccino base lathered with cookie bits, white chocolate brownie bits and topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
So there you have it, three amazing flavors unique to Japan and the Asia Pacifc regions that you should try next time you pop along to Starbucks!