Every year, people eagerly await the release of seasonal Starbucks drinks like the pumpkin spice latte or s’mores frappuccino, but there are some drinks only available internationally. Here are some of the most unique:
Sakura blossom creamy latte
In Japan, cherry blossom season is a big deal. The Starbucks took note, and one year, released a limited edition latte made with cherry petal sauce and white bean paste.
Also found only in Japan, this frappe sounds like a chocolate lover’s dream. It’s made from chocolate and milk, like most frappes, but with toppings like crumbled banana sponge cake and sugar-roasted pieces of banana.
Red bean green tea frappe
The most popular Starbucks drink in China and Hong Kong, the green tea frappe is topped with a layer of sweet red beans, a popular dessert ingredient in Asia. In the US, you can get a green tea frappe, but most Americans would be weirded out by the beans.
Adding yogurt to a frappe might sound odd, but it’s really a far stretch from regular milk or cream. In the hot summer of Mexico, a cold yogurt drink is the perfect refreshment, especially when you add mango. It all gets blended together with milk and ice, like a smoothie. They also sell a yogurt frappe with berries and one flavored with pineapple-coconut.
In 2016, parts of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East were treated to a pistachio-rose mocha. It was made with espresso, a rich mocha sauce, rose and pistachio syrup, and finished with steamed milk, rose whipped cream, and pistachio crumbles.
Kaja Bo Hojicha tea
In 2018, the Starbucks in Japan launched a Japan Wonder Project which celebrated local traditions and ingredients. They released a special tea made with Kaja Bo Hojicha, a special roasted green tea that becomes golden and toasty. It’s finished off with white chocolate cream, jellies, and a sprinkle of powdered Kaja Bo tea.