The Wonderfully Bizarre Starbucks Drinks You Can Get Around the World

by Kristine Cannon
Mar 19, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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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. 

1 /20: Coffee & White Tiramisu Frappuccino

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1/20 :Coffee & White Tiramisu Frappuccino

Where: Japan

What: Just looking at this layered beast, we already feel full. This drink has coffee Frappuccino, a layer of cookie crumble and brownie, cream cheese mousse and cocoa powder.

2 /20: Lúcuma Créme Frappuccino

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2/20 :Lúcuma Créme Frappuccino

Where: Peru

What: What is Lúcuma, you ask? Lúcuma is a Peruvian fruit that has a custardlike flavor. So combine that with cream, and you have this Frappuccino.

3 /20: Dolce Misto

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3/20 :Dolce Misto

Where: Vietnam

What: It’s a sweet yet strong drink that combines French-roast coffee and dolce syrup.

4 /20: Iced Sparkling Espresso With Mint

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4/20 :Iced Sparkling Espresso With Mint

Where: Seattle, United States

What: This drink combines espresso, mint, demerara (a light-brown cane sugar) simple syrup and soda water.

5 /20: Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino

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5/20 :Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino

Where: Indonesia and Singapore

What: This Frappuccino is like a Creamsicle topped with crunchy orange-honeycomb candy.

6 /20: Date Macchiato

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6/20 :Date Macchiato

Where: United Arab Emirates 

What: Introduced in the UAE alongside maple and caramel macchiato, this drink is your average macchiato, but topped with a date drizzle.

7 /20: Hojicha Frappuccino With Earl Grey Jelly

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7/20 :Hojicha Frappuccino With Earl Grey Jelly

Where: Japan

What: This isn’t your average caffeinated Starbucks drink. Hojicha, a Japanese green tea roasted over charcoal, is poured over and blended with Earl Grey tea jelly. 

8 /20: Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino

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8/20 :Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino

Where: China

What: The green tea Frappuccino topped with sweet red beans is considered the most popular Starbucks blended drink in China.

9 /20: Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino

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9/20 :Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino

Where: Australia

What: Tea, milk chocolate sauce, matcha powder and java chips? Not sure about this one...

10 /20: Avocado Yogurt Blended Drink

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10/20 :Avocado Yogurt Blended Drink

Where: South Korea

What: OK, we can definitely see this one in the U.S. It’s everything health nuts are all about these days: avocados, low-fat yogurt, kale and coconut milk.

11 /20: Lemon Ginger Fizzio With Mango Jelly

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11/20 :Lemon Ginger Fizzio With Mango Jelly

Where: South Korea

What: Remember when Fizzios hit Starbucks stores here, and we collectively said, “Eh,” and moved on with our lives? Not in Asia. There are tons of interesting flavors now, like this one with lemon, apricot and ginger.

12 /20: Cherry Pie Frappuccino

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12/20 :Cherry Pie Frappuccino

Where: Japan

What: Your eyes don’t deceive you: That is a pie crust pastry dome atop the cherry pie Frappuccino.

13 /20: Mulled Fruit Drinks

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13/20 :Mulled Fruit Drinks

Where: United Kingdom

What: It makes sense for Starbucks to add mulled fruit drinks to U.K. menus: This hot juice garnished with either cinnamon sticks or orange peels is a British tradition. 

14 /20: Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino

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14/20 :Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino

Where: Asia

What: This Frappuccino has a lot going on: a coffee pudding base, Irish cream, espresso whipped cream and loose espresso powder.

15 /20: Butterscotch Brûlée Latte

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15/20 :Butterscotch Brûlée Latte

Where: United Kingdom

What: Honestly, this sounds delicious. Espresso and butterscotch? Count us in.

16 /20: Yogurt Pineapple Coconut Frappuccino

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16/20 :Yogurt Pineapple Coconut Frappuccino

Where: Mexico

What: The tropical flavors in this drink are absolutely fitting for its home in Mexico.

17 /20: Matcha Espresso Fusion Drink

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17/20 :Matcha Espresso Fusion Drink

Where: Asia

What: Green tea, espresso and milk? Not sure if this one mixes well, but we’d still be game to try.

18 /20: Unicorn Frappuccino

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18/20 :Unicorn Frappuccino

Where: United States

What: This flavor-changing, color-changing drink was both sweet and sour and topped with “blue fairy powders.”

19 /20: Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

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19/20 :Caramel Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Where: United Kingdom

What: Flavor-wise, this doesn’t sound outlandish; it’s just a caramel Frappuccino. It’s the coffee jelly base that’s throwing us off.

20 /20: Christmas Panettone Latte

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20/20 :Christmas Panettone Latte

Where: New Zealand, Singapore, China and the Philippines

What: This Italian-style fruitcake-flavored Christmas panettone latte, topped with chunks of dried fruit, made its way onto U.K. Starbucks’ seasonal menu.