Monday, July 21, 2008

Edible Coffee at Starbucks

Living in Japan affords us things that aren't available in the United States, and vice versa. Well here's one thing that you can't get anywhere but in ready? It's a new Starbucks drink called a Coffee Jelly Frappuccino. That's right, jelly.

While the Starbucks stores in the United States are going through a series of closings, 600 in all, those of us here don't have to worry about that.

I saw a sign for it at a train station when we were on our way to the Tanabata Festival. I thought to myself, "What the heck? Edible coffee?" After researching online about this odd sounding drink, I found out it's only available in Japan. So I taunted Shari, Terri, Alison and Liz about it, and all four demanded a taste test and photos. So not to let my friends down (we're all submarine wives and have known each other for years, but finally met up in Hawaii-except Alison), I went to the Starbucks on base prepared to be their advocate. I went a couple of weeks ago, and completely forgot to write about it!

By this point you probably are wondering what I thought of it. Well, it tasted good until chunks came up my was like chunks of jelly, but softer, more like Jell-o. It tasted good though, but it's a texture thing for me. The jelly pieces were large, but very soft so they broke apart and came right up the straw. Liz told me to bring a spoon...I opted not to, but when I grabbed my straw I got a spoon too! Keanna enjoyed it more than I did, and Sydney was too interested in her sunglasses!

So my vote? Thumbs down. Coffee is for drinking, not eating...especially in jelly form at the bottom of a frappuccino! And make sure you read the girl's hat in the first picture!


Chas said...

I'm loving the hat, and I have to say you're WAY braver than I could ever be! I would have NEVER taste tested the jelly coffee! LOL

Jackie said...

Hmmm...I like coffee ice cream, but I think I'd have to pass on the jelly one. I'd taste it, but I don't think it'd be a regular!

Hope you feel 100% soon :-)

Bird said...

i gotta say i don't think i'd like the jell-o mold coffee drinks over there. but, yet i do love bubble tea... perhaps you could spread a little bit of that coffee jelly on a bagel? now THAT'S multi-tasking in the morning!

Anonymous said...

Adams company is going to be making starbucks ice cream soon. i doubt they will have jelly flavor though.