Since I can remember, I've been a big fan of Starbucks Frappuccinos. My tastes have changed from mocha to caramel mocha and pumpkin spice (college years). The Green Tea Frappuccino is now my favorite.
My past favorites tasted more like cold coffee drinks than this one, which was surprising since it didn’t taste at all like coffee. However, I like surprises and green tea is one of my favorite drinks.
Where did this drink’s original frag come from?
In the early 1990s, espresso and coffee bars became increasingly popular on the west coast. However, there were not many cold options for coffee during the warmer months. The truth is that not everyone wants hot coffee at the end of a hot day. So Starbuck’s founders responded to the demand.
It launched the first Frappuccino in 1995. This is a sweet slushy coffee that has caramel flavoring. Starbucks is not only famous for its Frappuccinos but also for its delicious teas. A genius idea was to combine both green tea and sweet tea, creating the Frappuccino.
This particular drink is made with matcha powder and classic syrup, which are a combination of milk and green tea leaves.
How do they make it?
Starbucks’ Geen Tea Frappuccino comes with either 2 (Tall size), 3 or 4 (Grande size) scoops green matcha powder, classic syrup and steamed milk. To cut down on sweetness, you can order it without sugar. However, Starbucks’ matcha powder has been pre-mixed first with sugar so there is no sugar-free version.
This vibrant green drink is made by putting it in a soft-serve maker. It comes out delicious and slushy! You can ask for your frappuccino to be double-blended if you don’t want chunks of ice stuck in your straw.
Green Tea Frappuccino Variations
Starbucks has over 36,000 beverage options, including the Green Tea Frappuccino. Asking baristas and browsing online revealed that there are three major variations of their Green Tea Frappuccino.
Raspberry is a popular flavor to add to your Green Tea Frappuccino. The sweet spot is usually between two and four pumps. It becomes almost unbearably sweet if it is more than that.
You can also add whipped cream to this drink. This made the drink perfectly sweet for me without any additional ingredients. I loved the green tea ice cream flavor and the way it blended with the drink the more I consumed it.
You can also make this drink vegan by replacing the milk with soy, almond, or coconut milk.
What’s the Green Tea Frappuccino all about?
Starbucks has over 30 Frappuccino flavors, but the most popular is the Green Tea Frappuccino. There are several reasons I believe this is the case.
1. TASTE AND TEXTURE [5/5]
I bought a Cookie Straw when I bought my first Green Tea Frappuccino. It was a hollow, green-striped wafer coated with hard white chocolate.
The upside: I didn’t drink as much straw.
The downside: I ate the wafer, and had to have a regular straw.
My Green Tea Frappuccino was ordered with whipped cream. It was clear that I was in a vibrant mood that day. It was very sweet, reminding me of green tea-flavored vanilla ice cream with chai tea. The milky sweetness was followed by a floral, earthy green tea taste. I found the aftertaste bittersweet, but it was very pleasant.
Frappuccinos can be icy or slushy. However, I ask that my coffee be double-blended so I don’t get any ice in my straw. The cup’s bottom allowed me to detect a green tea flavor, with a hint or spinach. It was not as strong as if I had ordered a shot from a juice bar. The matcha flavor might have been stronger if I had ordered it without the whipped cream. However, the sweetness of the sugar seems to have balanced the intensity.
To make the drink sweeter, I added some of my whipped milk to the mixture. I love the ice cream flavor and was surprised at how different this drink tasted from any other fraps. It is made of matcha and not coffee so it makes sense. It tastes a lot like Starbucks’ signature coffees, but I was expecting it to be a Starbucks-style drink.
My Green Tea Frappuccino was refreshing and delicious outside, which I found to be light and delicate.
2. Are THEY HEALTHY [3/5]
The tall Green Tea Frappuccino contains 44 grams of carbs and approximately 300 calories. This is lower than other teas. This is a treat or dessert. Matcha tea in its original form is healthy, but powdered matcha is sweetened with sugar.
3. Is it worth it? [4/5]
The Green Tea Frappuccino was overall a pleasant surprise. Matcha tea is known for its bitter, earthy flavor. Although there were hints of this in the drink, it was sweeter than I expected. The matcha tea and milk tasted great together. It was warm and delicious, and you can order it in many ways to meet your diet requirements.
Because of its strong taste, it is not recommended to be consumed as an energy boost or as a drink to accompany a meal. This is a great choice for a late-afternoon snack or dessert. The price of the coffee is $5, which is about standard for Starbucks. The Cookie Straw cost $1. I’ll save them for fun.
My new favorite Frappuccino is here. This was the best tasting of all the drinks. The bright green color is a great variation and I prefer the earthy taste to other sweeter beverages.
Green Tea Frappuccino Nutrition
Calories starting at Fat 100
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 44 G
1 g of dietary fiber
Sugars 0 grams
Protein 4 g
Caffeine 50 mg
These are the official ingredients:
Ice, milk, Creme Frappuccino Syrup [Water and Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavours, Potassium Sorbate. Citric Acid], Classic Syrup, [Sugar. Water, Natural Flavors. Potassium Sorbate. Citric Acid], Matcha Tea Mix [Sugar. Ground Japanese Green Tea].
To tea or not to tea?
What do you think? Are you a fan of Starbucks’ coffee-based brews or prefer the green tea Frappuccino’s sweet, milky and earthy flavors? Add a few drops of raspberry to your cup or enjoy the ice-creamy flavor without. Comment below to let us know!