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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte finally arrives in Japan

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Every time a new season rears its head on the calendar, you can bet Starbucks is one step ahead of it with a brand new limited-edition offering on the menu.

Now that autumn is just around the corner, customers in Japan will be treated to a special set of drinks, and this time it won’t be anything like the Witch and Princess Frappuccinos from 2018 or the Masquerade Party drinks from 2019.

Because this year, Japan will finally be able to enjoy the one drink that’s been eluding them for 15 years. The drink that screams “Autumn!”, or rather, “Fall!” for Starbucks customers overseas. And that drink is the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This is big news for customers in Japan, who only got a fleeting taste of the famous Starbucks latte for a short time in 2006. As U.S. customers will know, seeing as they’ve been enjoying the drink since 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is “a harmony of pumpkin puree with pumpkin spice flavor," containing ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves to help conjure up the taste of a freshly baked pumpkin pie.

 Both the hot and cold versions contain espresso and milk, with a sprinkling of nutmeg and a whipped cream topping for rich and creamy flavor.

Over at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo, there’ll be another surprise on the menu for customers, as they’ll be offering a new Autumn Spice Oat Latte inspired by the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This special beverage combines cinnamon and allspice, the key flavors of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, with Starbucks Reserve Coffee espresso, a unique, high-quality blend roasted onsite at the Tokyo Roastery. Oat milk and a touch of pumpkin puree is added, along with a topping of green pumpkin seed pieces, to create a warming beverage with a gentle aroma and spicy sweetness that’s perfect for autumn.

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Both new drinks will go on sale from Sept 1, with the Pumpkin Spice Latte on the menu until Oct 31, or until stocks last, in short through to Venti sizes ranging in price from 462-579 yen for takeout and 470-590 yen for dine-in customers.

The Autumn Spice Oat Latte will only be sold at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo until Nov 11, or until stocks last, with both hot and cold versions available in one size only, priced at 972 yen for takeout and 990 yen for dine-in customers.

Source: Starbucks

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Autumn is ‘just round the corner?’

Having swum in the Japan Sea in October sans wetsuit, I would tend to disagree.

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A tall Starbucks PSL made with 2% steamed milk foam has 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 40 grams of carb, and 11 grams of protein, and 39 grams of sugar. Substituting whole milk would presumably bump up the calorie and fat content. To put that in perspective, a Starbucks Cheese Danish is lower in everything, including sugar, with 28 fewer grams than the PSL. So when you order a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, enjoy every sip but just think of it as a dessert rather than a coffee.

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So when you order a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, enjoy every sip but just think of it as a dessert rather than a coffee.

I've never tried one because I always associated with American high school girls. For some reason now I want to try one just once.

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