We try Starbucks Japan’s grand finale for the year: The triple-sesame Frappuccino【Taste test】


Delicious drink is packed with all the goma we never knew we wanted.

December 26 is usually a bit of a low-point in terms of excitement. After the anticipation of Christmas Eve and the fun of Christmas Day, the 26th is a ho-hum dash of normality in the doldrums before New Year’s.

This year, though, we had something to look forward to on December 26 with the launch of Starbucks’ all-new Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino.

By this point, you’ve obviously deduced that the Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino is loaded with goma goodness. Of course, you might still be in the dark as to what “goma” is, so allow us to fill you in: it’s the Japanese word for “sesame,” and its triple billing isn’t just Starbucks getting extra-excited at its own innovation. The Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino is topped with crumbled white, gold, and black sesame cookies, tossed over a crown of whipped cream and seasoned with drizzled honey.

But the real beauty of the Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino (which starts at 580 yen [US$5.15]) comes when you look at it from the side.

The mixture of white mocha and black sesame sauce is meant to bring to mind the contrast of ink brush calligraphy on white paper, and the dessert drink’s late-December release is a salute to the Japanese custom of kakizome, writing auspicious kanji characters for good luck in the new year.

▼ The Goma Goma Goma Frappuccino is the second in Starbucks’ Japan Wonder Project series, following last summer’s Kaga Bo Hojicha Frappuccino.

▼ SoraNews24’s Frappuccino fanatic K. Masami poses with her latest love.

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