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There are more than 137 Starbucks in Turkey (as of December 2010) from Ankara to Istanbul. And each offers distinctly Turkish flavors to a constant stream of patrons — like Turkish coffee (with and without chocolate sticks), freshly squeezed orange juice, whole-wheat rolls with cheese, butter, and olive tapenade, and caramel-filled muffins. Turkish locations also stay open to 1 a.m., offer free WiFi, and many are housed in beautiful, historic buildings.
Starbucks endured a heap of pushback in Australia, closing 61 of its 85 stores in the country in 2008. It was said that the failure amounted to a lack of understanding, on Starbucks' part, of their Australian audience. The 22 stores that remain in Australia today, though, offer a range of Australian flavors like a chunky beef pie, a veggie pocket, Tazo chai cheesecake, a chicken tandoori wrap, and a "flat white latte," which is a stronger, smaller, no-foam latte.
Starbucks' successes in China (they operate more than 360 stores), has shown them that even where tea drinking is a traditional pastime, coffee culture can exist and be nurtured. The menu makes concessions for Chinese tastes, of course, serving green tea Frappuccinos (which started here and have expanded further), peanut chocolate chip cream Frappuccinos, black sesame green tea rolls, red bean scones, and green tea éclairs.
The first Starbucks Canada location opened in Vancouver in 1987, moving onto Tortono, Saskatchewan, and into Quebec, ultimately operating more than 500 stores in the country. Various seasonal offerings, bottled drinks, specialty Frappuccinos, and kid's drinks are largely the same in Canada as in the U.S., but it's the Canadian treats that vary — including chocolate caramel pretzels, pomegranate and buttermilk muffins, low-fat fruit bars, oat fudge bars, and a classic Canadian butter tart.
Starbucks in the Philippines is barely recognizable, save for the green logo and range of Frappuccinos. With more than 100 stores going strong since 1997, Starbucks offers a host of flavors unavailable outside the Philippines, like their Spam classic with egg and cheese, the roasted chicken egg toast cups, honey orange lattes, crème brûlée Frappuccinos, jelly coffees, banana chocolate hazelnut tarts, and French toast. Some drinks even come topped with espresso whipped cream.
From Dubai to Beirut, Starbucks operates more than 300 stores in the Middle East. The coffee menus shift slightly (and are limited) from one location to the next, but where the Middle East stores really differ from American locations is in their food options and their design. They enjoy Za'atar croissants, dark chocolate and custard twists, halloumi sandwiches, and a falafel mezze box in Starbucks concept stores that look more like sleek, high-end coffee shops than the corner stores we often find here.
One of the most successful coffee drinks to be introduced in Japan, and now in other Asian countries, is the jelly coffee Frappuccino. It is a classic Frappuccino, topped with whipped cream, and made with jellied coffee bits (much like tapioca pearls) at the bottom. It comes in different flavors, too, like classic coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Keeping with Japanese flavors, Starbucks also offers a range of sakura (or cherry blossom) treats (pictured) like chiffon cake and cheesecake.
Peru was Starbucks' first foray into South America and now they operate 21 stores in the country. Experts said their move was risky because for a country that exports so much coffee, they don't drink much of it themselves. But with a range of flavored hot chocolates and food offerings that reflect their audience, the stores are successful. They serve empanadas de choclo (filled with corn and ham), passion fruit cheesecake, ham and cheese sandwiches with hot pepper jelly, and an oddly North American-sounding shredded chicken sandwich with mayonnaise, sliced apples, and bacon.
Despite grumblings that Starbucks represents the opposite of the leisurely coffee culture in Europe, they now have 150 stores in Germany (France has 50, Austria and Belgium both have a dozen). The seeming mix of ¾ Starbucks culture and ¼ local culture works in Germany, where coffee menus include Arabian mocha java Frappuccinos (no longer available stateside), fruity tea Frappuccinos like mango and raspberry red currant, the crème brulée Frappuccino, and foods include nougat cream cakes and strawberry cheesecakes.
Starbucks in the U.K. rolled out new menu items and a handful of drive-thrus earlier this year, looking to recoup losses from the bankruptcy and closing of Border's, in which they operated 36 stores in the U.K. alone. New menu items include porridge and "bacon butties," which will join items like a cheese and Marmite panini, croque monsieur panini, flat white lattes, crème brûlée macchiatos, fruit breads, cured ham hock bistro boxes, and the new and internationally successful Starbucks Discoveries line of ready-to-drink products.
With nearly 300 stores in South Korea, Starbucks has gained quite a following in the country. They launched the latest ready-to-drink line, Starbucks Discoveries, here, and offer a range of popular drinks available to the international market here, like the crème brûlée macchiato. They also serve lavender Earl Grey tea lattes, black sesame vanilla and black sesame green tea Frappuccinos, as well as Cheddar scones, and pecan pie.