Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Chains >
Aug 20, 2005 12:27 AM

Starbucks green tea frappacino

  • t

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

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  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.


    3 Replies
    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 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.

      1 Reply
      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?

        1 Reply
        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.


        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.