Starbucks Japan starts selling decaffeinated espresso coffee for first time

TOKYO —

Coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Japan on Wednesday began selling decaffeinated espresso coffee in Japan for the first time, in order to increase customers at night.

Starbucks will sell six espresso drinks, including Cafe Mocha and Caramel Macchiato, which are 99% decaf. Each decaf order will cost an extra 50 yen.

According to the company’s website, since no additives were used in removing caffeine from products, the aroma of roasted beans remains just as strong in the newly released products. 

Starbucks says it hopes to attract pregnant women and more night-time customers.

Japan Today

  • 0

    zones2surf

    Um, someone needs to do some fact checking here.

    I have bought decaf coffee beans at Starbucks in Japan in the past and my wife had a cup or two of decaf coffee in the store when she was pregnant? Pretty sure on this.

    Are they talking about espresso drinks served decaf rather than just regular coffee??

    • Moderator

      Yes, there are six decaf espresso drinks.

  • -1

    smithinjapan

    Got a free coupon for one the other day (you get them often if you register on the Starbucks page), and welcome it, though I usually stick to regular coffee.

  • -3

    SenseNotSoCommon

    Starbucks Japan starts selling decaffeinated espresso coffee for first time

    I thought it was all decaf. Tastes that way.

  • 1

    commanteer

    The only thing worse than paying for an overpriced and overrated coffee is paying for an overpriced and overrated coffee with no caffeine in it. And I am curious what effect the decaffeination process has on the health benefits of coffee.

  • 2

    goldorak

    Last time I tried an espresso at starbucks it had no crema and tasted like their very average brewed coffee; it was basically NOT an espresso.

    Decaf espresso? Bit like non-alcoholic beers, not thanks.

  • 0

    Kokuzi

    Decaf has always been available for Caffe Misto, which is decaf brewed coffee/steamed milk, but it takes about 10 minutes to get in Japan... Espresso decaf should be faster, and a latte would be made of decaf expresso/steamed milk/foamed milk on top

  • 2

    John Sulzynski

    Why drink decaf coffee in the first place? It pretty much defeats the purpose of the drink.

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    Charles Noguhi

    ""Why drink decaf coffee in the first place?" "Decaf espresso? Bit like non-alcoholic beers, not [sic] thanks." "I thought it was all decaf. Tastes that way."

    Hey, the article is telling people that can't have caffeine, or don't want anymore caffeine, that it is now available in Japan. That is the extent of the article.

    As far as, " . . . I am curious what effect the decaffeination process has on the health benefits of coffee" there are hundreds of articles on the various ways which caffeine is extracted from the bean. As far as health, there are plenty of articles covering that.

    There is a lot more to worry about than decaf.

  • 0

    scoobydoo

    And I am curious what effect the decaffeination process has on the health benefits of coffee.

    I'm sure there are none in SB anything. Personally I will go without rather than buy SB any way. Bought my own esspresso machine and enjoy real coffee made by me rather than an underpaid kid who doesn't know any thing about it

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