The other day, my friend and I were standing on a corner on University way waiting to cross the street. I look over at the guy standing next to us, also waiting for the light, and he’s holding what appears to be a frappuccino. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just doesn’t look quite right. Clear cup, check. Domed lid, check. Nasty-looking fake whipped cream, check. Cheeseball green straw, check. So, we hit the point where I’ve looked at his drink longer than the usual polite stranger does-he-drink-what-I-drink glance. He gives me a smile, and just then, I realize what’s wrong. His frappuccino, like his straw, is GREEN.

“Um, what’re you drinking there that’s green?” I ask, as visions of Sbx’s version of the Shamrock Shake begin to rock my sense of what’s right in the world.

“It’s a green tea frappuccino,” he says and takes a sip as the little man in the walk light box turns white.

“I’ll have to be sure and try that,” I manage to say without gagging too audibly before we head in our own directions at the far side of the street.

I don’t know about you, but (a) it’s green, (b) it’s green, and (c) it’s GREEN. I can’t imagine that this thing would taste as nasty as it looks, and, therefore I will have to try one, as soon as I can get past it’s non-salady greenness. Any of you had one of these?

6 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 11:40 am

    There was a concert in Philly last weekend where Starbucks was giving away free samples of their new drinks. One was that green tea frappuccino, and I have to say, it wasn’t half bad.

  2. emily (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve had a (non-dairy) green tea frappe from a place I used to frequent back in Washington DC (Java Green), and it was delicious. I can’t comment on how good starbucks’ drink would be, especially since it’s made with dairy. But when done right, the drink can be really really good.

    I don’t understand why the color would turn you off so much, but maybe you don’t drink as much tea (green and otherwise) as I do. The green color is natural–matcha powder is quite green. The green machine Naked Juice is quite good, and the coloring in that comes from spirulina. I do, however, draw the line at green ketchup–yellow #? and blue #? just don’t seem very appetizing.

  3. Peter Leonard (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 10:08 pm

    To be fair, Starbucks is very proud of the fact that their whipped cream is made fresh at every location every morning, not from a can. Not sure anything on God’s green earth can explain the color of the drink itself, however.

  4. Ellen (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 12:10 am

    Someone was telling me they asked the person at Starbucks if it was good and they said “no.” And then they laughed because the next person in line ordered one.

  5. naiah (unregistered) on July 30th, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    Holy crap. That’s hilarious, Ellen.

  6. jennifer Lankenau (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 10:39 am


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