Good morning everyone,

How was your weekend? Mine was short this week as I have to work today. Unfortunately...not because I hate work (I love it actually), but because it's the last sunny day in the forecast for a while. Tomorrow will be cloudy and then overcast or rainy for most of the week.

As soon as we heard that Starbucks was releasing another matcha-flavoured Frappuccino in Japan, this time featuring a whole chocolate cake as its topping, we knew we had to try the delicious new drink for ourselves come release day.

What we didn’t know, however, was that Starbucks had another green-coloured secret up its sleeve: it was releasing matcha doughnuts and scones to coincide with the new release. So when we came upon these delectable green delights in the display case, we knew we had to try these too. Though not a new release, the Coffee & Espresso Cake Matcha is also on sale.

When we approached the counter, we could see that the Chocolate Cake Top Frappuccino with Matcha Shot was the star pick of the day from the new menu.

The traingle-shaped scone was weighty, with a nice crust on the outside, just as a good scone should be. The staff recommend we try this warm, and it is definitely a good recommendation, as the warmth brings out a heavenly matcha aroma and flavour.

On the inside, it is a crumbly, chewy delight, filled with the glorious, earthy flavours of matcha, which sings out above all the other flavours. Soft white chocolate pieces, which were scattered throughout the scone, and on its topping, provide a slight sweetness to the dish, while the rich, flavoursome matcha sauce enhance the flavour of green tea.

Next up, is the matcha doughnut, which is surprisingly light on green tea flavour. As you can see, the ratio of dough to matcha was firmly weighted in favour of the former, making this a good sweet to try if you’re just starting out on your journey towards falling in love with matcha. Compared to the scone, the white chocolate and green tea icing combination here is incredibly mild, but it still makes for a tasty treat.

Next, the star of the day – the Chocolate Cake Top Frappuccino with Matcha Shot, which comes in a tall size only, for 620 yen.

The drink certainly lived up to its name, with a shot of matcha giving the top part of the drink a beautiful green shade, and the chocolate cake top peeking out from the generous layers of cream.

Starting off, it looks like there is too much cream and not enough matcha in this drink, but don't worry, as the matcha shot is so intense its flavour permeates the entire drink.

The dark green matcha powder topping also helps fill every mouthful with the taste of green tea.

The almond cream base is said to provide a nutty counterpart to the drink, but what really stands out is the combination of green tea and chocolate cake. This isn’t any ordinary type of chocolate cake, though, as its crumbly texture is designed to make it fall apart inside the drink. As you push at the mound of cake with the straw, the drink transforms into a delightful mush of green tea, cream and soft chocolate pieces.

As you make your way through the drink, each mouthful is a beautiful balance of matcha, chocolate, and cream. Creamy, rich and decadent, this green tea Frappuccino is one of the best we’ve tried from Starbucks.

If you still can’t get enough of their green tea flavours, Starbucks now has a range of matcha latte shakers on sale as well.

While they won’t necessarily have you mastering the art of a Frappuccino, the shakers are a quick way to make a cold and icy matcha latte to enjoy on the go. Simply pour in one of their pre-made Via matcha sachets, add ice, give it all a shake and voila! You have your very own matcha drink to enjoy throughout the day. The green “shaker bottles” retail for 1,800 yen, plus tax, and, like the matcha Frappuccino and baked treats, will be available only for a limited time.

Hey...those sound like a great idea for your favorite teacher...but replace the matcha with beer and replace the shaker with a mug...ok, maybe it's not close at all...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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