Starbucks Seasonal Sakura Blossom Latte (2017)

Starbucks worker making my drink
As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a Starbucks Lover. I love sweets, and I see Starbucks more as a candy shop than a coffee shop. For real coffee, I’ll go elsewhere… But to satisfy my sweet tooth, I’ll head to Starbucks.

Surprisingly though, I haven’t been to Starbucks much since I’ve been in Japan. Money had been tight when I first moved in, so that was my excuse then. My excuse now is that I’m trying to cut out a lot of unnecessary sugars. However, since I’m such a sucker for seasonal things and cherry blossom is the epitome of that, I made an exception.
2017 Starbucks Sakura Chiffon Cake
2017 Starbucks Sakura Chiffon Cake

In addition to the sakura drinks, they also had a gorgeous sakura chiffon cake. It looked delicious and I was so tempted to buy it, but we were going to lunch right after so I resisted… Plus the Starbucks we were in was really crowded and there were no seats, and I didn’t want to eat it standing up or walking around.

2017 Starbucks Sakura Hot Latte
Model your drink here
They even had a really cute spot where you could take a picture of your drink! Of course I did it, so I could commemorate the moment. Unfortunately, it was awkwardly placed so I ended up holding up the receiving line while I snapped the picture. Oops…
2017 Starbucks Sakura Hot Latte
2017 Starbucks Sakura Hot Latte

The drink itself was beautiful to look at. There are pink rice puffs sprinkled on top white (and pink!) chocolate shavings meant to resemble sakura petals. Unfortunately, the worker put the lid on, so my goods were a little smashed when I took the lid off! I hope you can’t tell! 🙂

Unfortunately, it didn’t taste very good. The fake sakura flavor just came off as a slightly-off artificial cherry, and that didn’t taste that great with milk. If you couldn’t guess, there’s like no coffee in this “latte”. They got the hot steamed milk part of a latte down, though, and a majority of the cup was that.

Though, when the chocolate started to melt, it infused the milk and cherry syrup with a subtle chocolate flavor, which was pleasant. Unfortunately, at the same time, the puffed rice balls also sprinkled on top of the drink got soggy the longer they sat there, and those went from yummy to yucky pretty fast.

Oh well, I still can’t wait to try next year’s sakura concoction… And maybe I’ll get the sakura frappuccino. I still have time, as these are around until March 14th!

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