Starbucks Philippines welcomes 2018 with new flavors, new Bearista Bear looks, Lunar New Year merchandise, and a promo only for Starbucks Kape Vinta Card holders

Starbucks Philippines hypes up its celebration for its 20th anniversary with new beverages, merchandise with the Lunar Year motif, and a delightful promo for fans of the well-loved coffee brand.

Starting January 9, Starbucks will offer new beverages on its menu: the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latté and the Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble. The first uses the Okinawa Brown Sugar, one of Japan’s most popular culinary ingredients, for an elegant drink with a hint of molasses and infused with light caramel. The second is a returning favorite; it blends chocolate and espresso flavors with toffee nut syrup, is layered with whipped cream and caramel sauce, and is topped with turbinado sugar and sea salt.

The adorable barista bear collectible has two new looks. The 20th Anniversary Bearista Bear wears the classic black apron with the 20th anniversary logo of Starbucks Philippines and wears the Philippine Flag-inspired Frappuccino pin. Meanwhile, the Bearista Bear Dog is raring and ready for the Lunar New Year.

The Lunar New Year motif also finds its way into Starbucks merchandise as the Chinese zodiac animal, the Earth Dog. Collectors can enjoy Starbucks’ specially-designed tumblers, mugs, and Starbucks Card befitting the new year.

Starbucks Kape Vinta Card holders (as a treat from Starbucks Philippines) can win one of the 20 Starbucks-for-a-Month and 20 Starbucks-for-a-Year treats, when they activate their card anytime this 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.

Check out Starbucks Philippines on Facebook for details.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for