Starbucks Japan’s New Matcha Frappuccino: Brilliant Beverage or Drink Disaster?

Starbucks in Japan has introduced a new limited-edition Frappuccino called the Matcha Ichigo Frappuccino, which resembles the traditional strawberry-and-cream Frappuccino. The name “Ichigo” is a double meaning, meaning “strawberry” and “one” (“ichi”). The drink was released on 15 May, and reporter K. Masami was among the first to try it. The drink is priced at 678 yen (US$4.35) for takeout and 690 yen for dine-in. Staff suggested adding a hit of chocolate sauce to make it look like kuromitsu (Japanese black sugar syrup).

The green-and-red hues initially made Masami think of apples instead of matcha and berries, but upon tasting, she was surprised to find a harmonious blend of tart and sweet strawberries and green tea. The presence of vanilla syrup and cream counteracted the acidity of the strawberries and the earthy notes of the powdered green tea. The addition of chocolate sauce added another layer of flavor and beauty to the drink, balancing out the sweetness, aroma, and acidity.

The chocolate topping may fool the mind into thinking it’s black sugar syrup or soft-serve ice cream. The only downside to this drink is its limited availability, as it will be on the menu for just two weeks until 28 May.

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