While there are new products, seasonal or otherwise, introduced into our Starbucks over time, we are all pretty used to the menu by now. Personally, I study the menu every time and still end up getting a black Americano regardless of my time spent perusing the other options.
But when you look abroad to the many locations Starbucks has across the world, there is a surprising amount of creativity on display. It's expected for their to be some variations in the same way as McDonald's menus differ from the U.S. to France, but some of these new additions to the menu are stunning.
1. Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino
This Australian variety blends the green tea Frappuccino with milk chocolate sauce and java chips.
2. Avocado Yogurt Blend
If you were looking for the healthy option, South Korea has your back. This drinks is made with kale, low fat yogurt, coconut milk, and of course - avocado.
3. Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino
This Irish coffee is available all across Asia, and is made with a coffee pudding base that is infused with Irish cream. It's topped off with espresso whipped cream and espresso powder.
4. Butterscotch Brûlée Latte
Available in the UK, as well as across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, this latte is made with caramelized butterscotch and espresso.
5. Sakura Blossom Cream Latte
The cherry blossom festival Sakura Masturi is celebrated in Japan in the spring, and with it comes many limited-edition products during that time. This one is a blended with a sauce made from condensed milk, white bean paste and cherry petals.
6. Matcha Espresso Infusion
This matcha tea/coffee blend is offered across Asia, and is likely the best looking one on this list.
7. Churro Frappuccino
Found in Starbucks all over Latin America, this dessert drink features whipped cream, a cinnamon sprinkling, and cinnamon dolce and white mocha syrup.
8. Chocolate Banana Cocoa drinks
In Japan, you can order these drinks, hot or cold. With chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, banana sponge cake and pieces of sugar-roasted bananas - these look like heaven.
9. Cherry Pie Frappuccino
Layered with cherry compote, whipped cream, vanilla-flavored froth and topped with a pie pastry dome. Japan clearly know what they're doing.
10. Lemon Ginger Fizzio with mango jelly
Fizzios don't seem to be found in the states anymore, but you can find them in South Korea. This unique version uses hints of apricot and ginger.
11. Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle
In Pacific Asia you can find this drink, which is made with roasted chestnut, white chocolate sauce, dark espresso and a chestnut drizzle.
If there's one thing to learn from all of this, it's that Japan is the place to go for interesting and delicious variations on the Starbucks model. I already buy enough coffee as it is, so maybe it's for the best that I'm not there to be tempted into going through their entire menu.
Yet there are enough innovations in the world of coffee to keep me interested. For instance, did you know that Starbucks are making a savory drink that comes with a side of meat?