In 2017, there were over 27,000 Starbucks stores across more than 75 markets around the world. Let those figures sink in for a second. That’s a hell of a lot of coffee! Its first international coffeehouse opened up in Tokyo in 1996, and since then, the power coffeehouse chain has made a massive effort to cater to the very specific — and very unique — tastes and trends of each country and each market. For us, that apparently includes pumpkin-spice lattes and brightly colored, Instagram-worthy Frappuccinos (yes, we’re talking about the Unicorn Frappuccino).
In other countries, though, we’ve seen everything from a matcha tea-coffee hybrid and date-flavored macchiatos to green tea Frappuccinos topped with whole red beans to fruitcake-flavored lattes. These flavors might seem strange to us, but to those in the countries they’re served, it makes perfect sense: New Zealanders actually love fruitcake; red beans are widely used in China; and matcha tea and matcha tea ceremonies are an integral part of the traditional Japanese culture, while dates are an integral part of the United Arab Emirates’ heritage and identity.
So, ready to take a look at the rest of the wonderfully bizarre Starbucks drinks from around the world? You might even see a few you wish we had on our menu.