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We Tried the Starbucks Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte and You Should Too

We Tried the Starbucks Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte and You Should Too

To start off the year, Starbucks Philippines released their newest featured beverages – the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble and the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte. Since there isn’t any news of them joining the Starbucks Philippines standard, we think now would be a good time to grab these featured drinks for a refresher. It’s safe to say we’re following the Starbucks Singapore footsteps, as they just released these two drinks as well to their customers. Before its release in the Philippines, the Starbucks Christmas Vanilla Nougat Latte came from Starbucks Singapore as well.

IMAGE Starbucks Singapore

Today, we’re tasting the Starbucks Philippines Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte (as it is officially named), a unique blend of original Starbucks coffee beans, Okinawa brown sugar, and milk. Okinawa brown sugar is known to have the health benefits that have continuously contributed to the Okinawa longevity. It’s not just sweet. It has a deep flavor that complements many teas and tea based-drinks.

What’s inside the Starbucks Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte?

The Starbucks Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte is the original Starbucks latte drink topped with milk foam then drizzled with Okinawa brown sugar syrup. For this review, we had it on ice. It was a warm day outside.

What does the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte taste like?

But first, what does it smell like? Interestingly, it smells like milk tea. The smell kind of messed up my senses when I tried to drink it because I was expecting milk tea with boba but I got coffee.

As mentioned earlier, the Okinawa brown sugar complements many tea-based drinks. When you go inside a milk tea shop here in the Philippines, that sweet smell might come from the brown sugar syrup they blend into the drink. Of course, this may vary per milk tea brand. Some may prefer using white sugar syrup but many are incorporating brown sugar nowadays.

The Starbucks Philippines’ take on the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte might be a llittle underwhelming for some. It’s just your regular Starbucks iced latte with milk foam and brown sugar on top – it’s that straightforward.

After blending in the milk foam and syrup in a rather vigorous stirring method, I noticed that the brown sugar gave the coffee a unique sweet taste but not the kind of sweetness that leaves you disgusted after. It’s a rich deep flavor that complements the slight bitterness of the Starbucks coffee beans.

Starbucks Philippines Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte Price and Availability

The Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte is priced at P155 for a short, P165 for a tall, P180 for a grande, and P195 for a venti. The one pictured was a grande size. This drink is available in all Starbucks branches from January 9, 2018 to February 19, 2018.

Final Thoughts

We’re giving the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte a 9/10 for its unique take on the usual Starbucks latte. Don’t forget to stir in all the ingredients because you’re not going to get the full flavor unless you do so. Getting a tall one for P165 or a short one for P155 is fine if you just want to try it out.

* Photos by Abby of Typist PH


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About The Author


Abby graduated with a Communication degree focusing on film and sound production. She's often seen taking photos of food and places whether it's with her phone or a simple camera, and has an affinity for pink and earth tones. Clothed with a passionate soul, she writes about anything she can overshare about.

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