Echo Eats: Tour Japan with Starbucks’ 47 New Local-Inspired Frappuccinos

In celebration of Starbucks’ 25th anniversary in Japan, they have released a limited-edition series of 47 Frappuccinos, each representing a prefecture. Frappuccinos are Starbucks’ trademarked name for sweetened, ice-blended drinks topped with whipped cream. This line-up is titled ‘47 JIMOTO Frappuccino’, jimoto meaning local.

Each frappuccino has been created in collaboration with jimoto baristas, taking inspiration from each prefecture’s culture, festivals and traditions by incorporating specialty flavours. For example, Fukuoka, Japan’s main producer of premium yame gyokuro tea in Japan, has a white chocolate yame tea Frappuccino.

All the Frappuccinos are unique, but some of them include ingredients that one would never expect to see in an ice blended drink. Here are the more innovative ones:

Creamy Hokkaido milk, the ubiquitous export of the island and tokibi (corn) come together to create a rich Frappuccino that one may liken to susu jagung, with added cornflakes for crunch.

Miyagi’s drink features an ingredient well-loved by locals – sweetened mashed green soybeans, known as zunda. This Frappuccino has zunda and matcha, an ode to Miyagi’s lush greenery.

Ever drunk a beverage inspired by a god? Tochigi’s Frappuccino does just that, paying tribute to Raisama, the God of Thunder. The drink is quite complex – the dark chocolate represents the night sky, while the mango passion drizzle depicts lightning streaking across the sky. There is even popping candy that imitates the boom of thunder as one slurps the Frappuccino. BOOM!

As one of the largest producers of soy sauce in Japan, Chiba’s Frappuccino combines aromatic coffee and mitarashi (sweetened soy sauce that usually coats dango – sticky rice mochi that you see in the image above). Bitter, sweet and savoury all at once!

This beverage puts an interesting spin on an Aichi breakfast classic – anko (red bean) toast. The Frappuccino is an eclectic blend of anko, coffee and chocolate chips.

Kochi’s Frappuccino is tangy. spicy and sweet, featuring ginger along with vanilla and various citrus fruits meant to fill one with the same excitement and energy as the local traditional yosakoi dance.

Unlike the other prefectures’ Frappuccinos which feature their most iconic exports, Nagasaki’s rendition incorporates their most popular import instead – Castella sponge cake first brought to Nagasaki from Portugal over 400 years ago! The drink also has Starbucks’ twist to it, as the cake is infused with Starbucks’ signature Espresso Roast then blended to create this delightful beverage.

The tropical island pays homage to chinsuko, a traditional Okinawan confection that’s similar to shortbread, by pairing it with caramel to create a dessert Frappuccino complete with chinsuko crumbs on the whipped cream!

Check out all 47 Frappuccino flavours here:

Hokkaido and Tohoku Region

1. Hokkaido

Tokibi Creamy Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Hokkaido milk and tokibi (corn)

2. Aomori

Jawameku Apple Strawberry Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Apple and strawberry

3. Iwate

Menkoi Matcha & Goma Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Matcha, goma (black sesame) and caramel

4. Miyagi

Datcha Zunda Matcha Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Zunda (sweetened mashed green soybean) and matcha

5. Akita

Amajoppe Salted Caramel Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Mineral sea salt and caramel

6. Yamagata

Sukidazu La France Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Western pear and honey

7. Fukushima

Irodori Fruits Dappai Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Starbucks Mango Passion tea and peach chunks

Kanto Region

8. Ibaraki

Melon Igappe Creamy Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: White chocolate and honeydew melon

9. Tochigi

Raisama Pachipachi Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Dark chocolate, mango passion and popping candy

10. Gunma

Danbe Yogurt Mango Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Mango, passionfruit and yogurt

11. Saitama

Tasaitama Strawberry & Citrus Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Strawberry, citrus and yuzu peel

12. Chiba

Nagomi Mitarashi Coffee Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Mitarashi (sweetened soy sauce) and coffee

13. Tokyo

Origin Coffee Jelly Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee

Flavour: Starbucks Tokyo Roast coffee and caramel

14. Kanagawa

Summer Blue Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Butterfly pea tea and citrus

Chubu Region

15. Niigata

Bakkaii Kakinotane Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Rice crackers and chocolate

16. Toyama

Marude Water Melon Cha Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Watermelon, passion tea

17. Ishikawa

Iiji Bo Hojicha Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Kaga bo hojicha (roasted green tea)

18. Fukui

Hoyahoya Komepon Matcha Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Matcha, white chocolate and puffed rice

19. Yamanashi

Tete!! Grape White Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Grape and white chocolate

20. Nagano

Maroyaka Apple Butter Caramel Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Apple butter and caramel

Tokai Region

21. Gifu

Yaone Matcha Coffee Jelly Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Coffee jelly, matcha and mocha

22. Shizuoka

Mikan Citrus Darake Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Mikan citrus and white chocolate

23. Aichi

Dera Umya Anko Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee

Flavour: Coffee, anko, chocolate chips

24. Mie

Isecha & Citrus Yani! Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Citrus and yuzu peel

Kinki Region

25. Shiga

Biwablue Citrus Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Butterfly pea tea, white chocolate, citrus pulp

26. Kyoto

Hannari Matcha Kinako Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Kinako (soybean powder) and matcha

27. Osaka

Metcha Kudamon Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Banana, apple, peach and orange

28. Hyogo

Otonano Bari Choco Haitto Creamy Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Dark chocolate and chocolate chips

29. Nara

Naradewa Hojicha White Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Hojicha (roasted green tea) and white chocolate

30. Wakayama

Tsuremotenomora Mikan Citrus Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Mikan (a type of Japanese tangerine) and citrus pulp

Chugoku Region

31. Tottori

Gaina Caramel Creamy Frappuccino Blended Coffee

Flavour: Coffee and caramel

32. Shimane

Creamy Matcha Coffee Goen Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Coffee and matcha

33. Okayama

Dere Fruits Sunshine Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Peach pulp and citrus

34. Hiroshima

Setouchi Lemon & Citrus Jakee Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Setouchi lemon, passion tea and honey

35. Yamaguchi

Kasanechoru Gomatcha Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Goma (black sesame) and matcha

Shikoku Region

36. Tokushima

Juicy Sudachi Citrus Yattosa Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Citrus pulp, sudachi juice and yuzu peel

37. Kagawa

Wasanbon Matcha Nishimai Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Wasanbon (Japanese sugar candy), matcha and white chocolate

38. Ehime

Sugoiken! Kiwi Fruit Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Kiwi

39. Kochi

Ginger Citrus Yaki Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Ginger, vanilla and citrus

Kyushu Region and Okinawa

40. Fukuoka

Yamecha Yaken Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Yame gyokuro tea (a highly-prized premium Japanese green tea) and white chocolate

41. Saga

Chikatto Karikari Sugar & Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Chocolate, white chocolate and brown sugar

42. Nagasaki

Castella Coffee Yan! Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Portugese castella cake, Starbucks Espresso Roast

43. Kumamoto

Zakuzaku Biscuit Bai & Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Dark chocolate, dark cocoa biscuits and strawberry

44. Oita

Wakuwaku Kabosu Citrus Cha Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Kabosu juice and pulp and honey

45. Miyazaki

Tege Kira-kira Hyuganatsu Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink

Flavour: Hyuganatasu citrus and mango

46. Kagoshima

Chaippe Kuromitsu Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Kuromitsu (brown sugar) and chocolate chips

47. Okinawa

Kari Chinsuko Vanilla Caramel Frappuccino Blended Cream

Flavour: Chinsuko (shortbread), vanilla and caramel

Each tall-sized Frappuccino costs ¥669 (RM25.50) for takeaway and ¥682 (RM26.00) for in-store customers. To find out more about the story behind each Frappuccino flavour, check out Starbucks Japan’s official website here.

Written by: Natalie

Edited by: Jamie

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