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Starbucks green tea frappacino

  • t

Seen this advertised and wondering if anyone has tried this. Comments?

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  1. I haven't had it and probably won't. If I'm going to ingest 510 calories in a single drink, it better be alcoholic.

    *$s employees are asked to really push it, so I'm sure you can get a free sample easily.

    Link: http://www.calorieking.com/foods/upda...

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    1. re: Sir Gawain

      I feel the same way about the calories in those things. Plus, my friend (who is not a picky eater, and consumes frappaccinos on a regular basis) said it tasts like melted green tea ice cream, with less green tea flavor. Ew!

      1. re: nooodles

        I thought that the fact that it tasted like melted green tea ice cream was a point in its favor, and it really doesn't need the whipped cream, but even without it that's a pretty scary calorie count. I'm not sure whether to thank you for the info or not...

        1. re: wombat

          I don't think anything that tastes like melted ice cream gets points in its favor for that. Melted ice cream is too sweet and needs to be balanced out by something not sweet (milk, not whipped cream). Plus, most green tea ice creams have so little green tea flavor that any diluting of it just tastes funny.

          Additionally, I don't know what green tea the drink uses, but Starbuck's tea is awful in general. I think all these things contributing to my friend's thinking it was a pretty terrible drink.

          Having only had a small sip, I can only say I wouln't want a whole cup.

    2. Let's see....it was disgusting! We were in NYC during the heatwave and decided to stop for some refreshments and a little air-conditioning. I was curious about the big push for "green tea frappucino" so I asked for a sample and they were more than happy to provide a good 4 ounces for me to try. I had no idea of the calories involved but I can say ~ they are not worth it. To me it was pretty tasteless and I also didn't get adding cream to green tea. I didn't even finish the sample and threw it in the trash as we walked out. At least I didn't buy it.

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      1. re: IslandGirl

        Adding cream (or milk) to green tea doesn't have to mean it's bad thing (think of green tea ice cream), but it isn't done particularly well with the green tea frappucino, and the whipped cream really does nothing for it. In the Starbucks in Japan they serve a matcha frappucino; I've never tried it (I usually visit in winter), but I'm guessing they based the U.S. version on it, using a milder, less bitter tea and making it sweeter (too sweet, in my view).

        There is a matcha smoothie at Jamba Juice (I think it's made with soy milk instead of cow's milk) that is pretty good, and does have a sharper green tea flavor, thanks to the matcha.

      2. Is there any coffee in this drink?

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        1. re: butterfly
          JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          Not a drop. It's one of their Crème Frappuccinos, a clever way of getting you to drop five bucks on a glass of sweetened milk blended with ice.

          Link: http://thecosmicjester.blogspot.com

        2. t
          torta basilica

          I wish they'd just start doing a good green milk tea or mint boba... I'm really dreaming, aren't I?

          1. I had a sample at the SF AidsWalk in July. Can't say that I would pay for another, because of Starbucks pricing and the flavor of the drink. Like all of Starbucks creamy drinks, it was very sweet, too sweet for me. Also the flavor of the green tea wasn't as strong was I would have liked.

            I've had better green tea drinks from bubble tea places.

            1. k

              I tried it. It was okay. I liked the green color, and there was at least some hint of green tea. It was the best frappuchino I've ever had, but don't take that as an endorsement.

              On the other hand, Starbucks also now has plain old iced green tea, which I like quite a bit. I don't really enjoy black tea, so most plain iced tea is out for me. It's hard to find iced green tea at most places where I live, so I'm happy to have a place that sells it within walking distance of work. Just be sure to order it unsweetened: I have no idea what the sweetener they used in the sweetened versions is, but it's SWEET.

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              1. re: kitchendisco

                If someone's going to have the Green tea frapp or green tea latte from Starbucks here's a suggestion:
                Ask them to replace the Melon shot with a Vanilla shot. Their melon shot tastes horrible paired with the hot version of the drink.
                In bubble tea places, they flavor their Matcha (au lait or latte) with a water sugar mixture. At least there the tea is tasteable (I'm not sure that's a word...) but on any case, switching th melon to vanilla mellows the tea out.

              2. I would advise that you avoid it at all costs. I tasted it the first summer it was introduced. At that time they were offering a blackberry drizzle and another flavor. My daughter the ever daring one decided to try it. One look at her face and a small sip told me never again. It is very sweet and to be honest I have yet to meet anyone that enjoys it. You might find success with a similar drink at Argo Tea because you can customize it to your preferences. At Starbucks, as with all Fraps the mixture is premade.

                1. I've had it...a long time ago. It doesn't really taste like to green tea to me. I noticed that the Barista also added Melon (?) flavored syrup to the recipe. That being said, I prefer the Matcha Green Tea Mist (less sugar) at Jamba Juice.

                  1. I don't know about the frappacino.........but i love the Starbucks Green Latte and prefer it to other places (Second Cup..in Canada, as example)....I actually like the melon syrup..but in a lot of places, vanilla is the only option if you want sugar free. As with most of these kinds of drinks, i usually order it with no whip, non-fat or soy, and find this to be a nice hot beverage. I really like matcha drinks . Tasted pretty strong green tea to me. Plus i kind of like the super-vivid green color of the drink !!