Starbucks has been known to delight customers in Japan throughout the seasons with a number of tasty and creative Frappuccino releases, but there’s one very special limited-edition range that everyone scrambles to get their hands on every year.
On 1 March, the “Purity” collection will appear on shelves, featuring store cards and drinkware in a more subdued colour palette. Items will range in price from 1,700 yen for the tumbler (pictured third from the right in the back row of the photo below), through to 4,500 yen for the white stainless steel bottle (pictured second from the right in the back row).
The two new beverages coming to menus from 15 February are the Sakura Blossom Cream Latte (430-550 yen) and the Sakura Blossom Cream Frappuccino with Crispy Swirl (570-650 yen). Both drinks feature a milk sauce made from a mix of white bean jam, condensed milk, and sakura blossoms and leaves.
The topping includes pink flakes of shaved chocolate to resemble cherry blossom petals, and pink balls made from roasted mochi rice to add a delightfully crunchy texture to the hot and cold beverages. Finished off with a maple sauce-flavoured whipped cream, these new dessert drinks are said to combine western and Japanese flavours in beautiful harmony.
Sakura season at Starbucks is almost as short as the real cherry blossom period in Japan itself, so be sure to stop by from 15 February to get your hands on one of these popular limited-edition items. The drinks will only be on sale until 14 March, after which they’ll be gone, like the beautiful blossoms themselves, until next year.