It wasn’t until I was 25 that I found out I was born on the Year of the Dog, instead of the Year of the Pig, since the Lunar New Year wasn’t until after a few days I was born back in ’83. That explained why I never could identify with any of the things said about those born on the Year of the Pig, and I somehow always gravitated toward readings for the Year of the Dog.
And it wasn’t until I received my first package with my new last name (Reyna-Benedicto), which happened to be from Starbucks Philippines, that I realized 2018 is actually the Year of the Dog! It’s MY year! So, with extra excitement, allow me to share with you Starbucks’ decadent servings of flavor and a variety of exciting new items on the menu that are available starting today, January 9, as they continue their 20th anniversary celebration in the country.
New beverages I can’t wait to try + food to pair them with
Starbucks is complementing its signature Espresso Roast with sophisticated flavors like salted caramel and Okinawa brown sugar, crafted into an assortment of beverages.
Starbucks mixes in one of Japan’s most popular culinary ingredients to create Okinawa Brown Sugar Latté. The elegant drink highlights the hint of molasses found in the sugar, which is famous for its complex flavors and versatility, and fuses in light caramel for a coffee forward drink with mellow sweetness. Available in both hot and iced format, it’s finished off with a swirl of brown sugar drizzle on an airy milk foam.
Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble (left) and Okinawa Brown Sugar Latté
A returning favorite, the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble combines deep chocolate and espresso flavors with toffee nut syrup, layered with a delicious combination of whipped cream and caramel sauce. The beverage is topped with a blend of turbinado sugar and sea salt for a perfect sweet and savory taste. It’s available in hot, iced, and Frappuccino blended beverage format.
Both drinks are priced at P155 for Short, P165 for Tall, P180 for Grande, and P195 for Venti. Looks like I’ll be ordering these two drinks frequently while they’re available until February 19, 2018!
Starbucks also offers new sweet and savory treats to pair with these beverages. My returning favorite is the Starbucks Wafer Rolls (P595), which comes in a special tin can packaging worth keeping. Greet the Lunar New Year with this new take on assorted crispy wafer rolls infused with Starbucks Espresso Roast, Matcha, and Hojicha.
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Starbucks treats for the New Year
Collectors will enjoy the pup illustrations on the Lunar New Year merchandise that highlights the Earth Dog. Coffee fans and dog lovers alike have something incredible to look forward to: adorable and chic tumblers, mugs, and Starbucks Card!
Lunar New Year Card for the Year of the Dog
Get lucky this 2018 with the special Lunar New Year Card for the Year of the Dog, available for an initial activation amount of P300 per card. You can also share your love for coffee with the Starbucks Coffee Greeting Card, which is available for an initial activation amount of P500 per card. Both cards have a purchase limit of up to two cards each per customer, per day.
Starbucks Coffee Greeting Card
Meanwhile, the adorable barista bear collectible has two new looks for the upcoming season. The 20th Anniversary Bearista Bear, which wears the classic black apron with the 20th anniversary logo of Starbucks Philippines; and the Bearista Bear, which dons a Philippine Flag inspired Frappuccino pin. There’s also the Bearista Bear Dog to mark the onset of the Lunar New Year.
Bearista Bear Dog
And in case you missed it, last month, on December 1, Starbucks released a special collection inspired by local textiles and designed with fine materials including Swarovski crystals and real white gold. The limited-edition items were exclusively available at Starbucks 6750 on Ayala Avenue, where the Seattle brand first opened its doors.
The bejeweled 20th Anniversary mugs and tumblers, and the classic Ayala 6750 Mug all have elaborate designs and show an appreciation for the Philippine woven art. The mugs feature 200 white and emerald Swarovski crystals set in traditional textile patterns, come with special-edition numbered certificate, and ready-to-gift boxes stamped with the Starbucks wordmark.
White ceramic, white gold, and silver ceramic versions of the 20th anniversary mug
Coffee lovers will love the 12-oz double-wall ceramic versions of the 20th anniversary mug, and take their pick between the silver and white colors. These items exude holiday festivity and celebrate the season most cherished by Filipinos with fine mugs with press-in white gold covers. Only 1,500 pieces of each mug were available for P4,295 each, available while supplies last.
As 2018 is a special year for Starbucks Philippines, the coffee brand goes all out for its big 20th anniversary treats. Starbucks Kape Vinta Card holders will earn the chance to win one of the 20 Starbucks for a Month and 20 Starbucks for a Year when they activate their card anytime in January. Winners of these big anniversary treats will be announced on January 22 for the Starbucks for a Month, and February 12 for the Starbucks for a Year. For more details, read my previous blog post about this promo.