21 Apr 2018
Next month, 8,000 Starbucks locations will close the afternoon of May 29th for a company wide racial bias training. This decision was made after an embarrassing incident last week in Philadelphia where two black men were allegedly arrested for “trespassing.” The video of this went viral and CEO Kevin Johnson addressed this incident quickly with an apology and an announcement of the training that came this past Tuesday. The upcoming training will involve nearly 175,000 employees with hopes that incidents like this one will never happen again.
12 Aug 2017
Y’all, I don’t know if you know this – but I drink Starbucks pretty much every day. I’ve been very fortunate that all of my offices have always been within a block and that I am quickly able to develop new friendships with my favorite baristas. For the last five months, I’ve been on a repetition of Toffee Nut Lattes, but all of that will soon change! Pumpkin Spice is coming and this year Starbucks is announcing a new change to the PSL. Instead of just purchasing in stores, you can now find it at your nearby grocery store (out later this month!)
According to the release, the beverage consists of “high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk.”
The drink will be iced, and comes in a 14-fluid-ounce bottle for $2.79.
Additionally, Starbucks is releasing Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee, so you can brew your own at home. The light roast coffee features notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Starbucks suggests adding a splash of cream and sugar in order to get a similar taste of the PSL. An 11-ounce bag will run you $9.99.
Personally, I prefer my Pumpkin Spice Latte to be hot so this doesn’t actually apply to be, but it’s funny to see how this cult favorite is expanding! The article says the drink is slated to return mid-September, but I’ve pretty much been asking my baristas every day for the last week if it’s arrived… and I know at some point they’ll probably let me have it a little earlier.
05 Apr 2017
It’s almost like they are two different companies. With a menu already offering cherry blossom inspired beverages, Japan is now offering a drink on their menu (for a limited time) called American Cherry Pie Frappuccino. Did you guys catch that? It’s American, but it’s over in Japan and we’re so jealous! Yes, of course we want that pie topper for ourselves. Why does no other American Starbucks offer us a frapp on the same level as this one? If you’re visiting Japan this spring, make sure you drop in (for all of us that can’t) and purchase the drink offered from April 13 to May 16.
23 Dec 2016
We’re just a little bit late on this, but starting today, Starbucks is giving out free tall espresso drinks to customers that show up to randomly selected Starbucks stores between the 1-2PM. Every day, 100 stores will be selected as part of this holiday cheer program! To participate in all the fun, make sure you visit this page every day up until January 2nd when the holiday cheer ends. This is a cute idea by Starbucks and being that I come from Seattle and drink Starbucks almost every day, this is something that we can get behind. 🙂 Enjoy!
06 Apr 2016
BIG news. Starbucks is opening a 20,000 square-foot location in New York in 2018. Just wrap your head around that for a second. This will be the largest location out of all their stores – even out of the gazillion locations in Seattle and that’s where they are originally from. I just went to New York a few weeks ago for the first time and I remember Mandi telling me that New York just isn’t known for its coffee. I had a latte at Donut Plant that I liked, but for some reason just like I thought Seattle was the hub for coffee, I thought New York would be the same. I even got a drink at Starbucks when I was there and it was kind of awful and made me miss the one I go to regularly in the Bay Area. Hopefully, this new location won’t disappoint though. This location will be the second version of the Roastery located in Capitol Hill and will essentially be the East Coast version of it.
By the way, if you haven’t stop by for a visit, it is stunning. You don’t need to spend too much time there, but there’s a lot to see and it’s one of the fancier locations in the entire Seattle area. The New York City Roastery will live in a new building that is currently in construction in Chelsea.
30 Dec 2015
Today’s craving is a weird one! Since I’ve been sick (pretty much all of the holiday break!) I’ve been avoiding my daily caffeine and Starbucks entirely, which on the reg – is normally very hard for me to do. Today, I’m missing all three of my favorites and even moreso because the holidays are almost over and that means that these drinks will be leaving soon too! 🙁
08 Nov 2015
Red cup season. Is. Here. I want to say that I kept it cool and wasn’t all that excited about this transition, but that’s completely untrue.The day after Halloween, I had to drive up to the city and I was having a difficult time at the Starbucks drive-thru trying to decide which holiday drink I should be ordering (I considered having all four in the same day until I realized that was crazy):
- Pumpkin spice latte
- Peppermint Mocha
- Chestnut Praline Latte
- Gingerbread Latte
So many choices. While I was thinking about what drink I was going to order, there were lots of regular Starbucks customers that were furious about the red cup itself and why this year, it was a blank canvas and only decorated red without any other design on it. Yeah, that went completely over my head. On Sunday nights, I like to try and kick off the week with a little funny so here is one customer’s reaction to the whole red cup fiasco.
11 Aug 2015
– How to run an electronic music festival. Honestly one of the best things I’ve read in a long time and is laying the basic foundation for planning any music festival. [The Fader]
– Cereal Milk Affogato – Yum. [Grubstreet]
– Why you should be a morning person [Medium]
– Millennial men aren’t the dads they thought they’d be [NY Times]
– Bachelorette Andi Dorfman is writing a tell-all about her breakup with Josh Murray [EW]
– According to Facebook research, “Lol” is totally old school. [Refinery29]
– Every single Starbucks Frappuccino flavor ever. [Refinery29]
07 Jun 2015
Woof! Well it feels like this week just completely flew by us. I can’t believe I’m starting over again tomorrow on a Monday and doing this whole thing all over again. This week was feeling particularly chilly…except for today because I’m sweating all over my couch in 80 degree weather right now. I don’t mind the one-off days though so earlier this week, I threw on my favorite Brandy Melville sweater and equipped myself with a Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte. I’m back and forth between Starbucks and Blue Bottle these days and not sure why I can’t make up my mind. I think it’s because I get Blue Bottle for free, but Starbucks gives me that suga suga that I need to function.
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13 May 2015
I recently found myself at Starbucks for a midday afternoon caffeine kick and while I was there, thought it would be a great opportunity to try the new S’mores Frappuccino. It wasn’t too long ago that we blogged about its new existence. I came into my local Starbucks and told them right up front, “I’m going to order the S’mores frapp because I’m going to blog about it.” When it arrived at the counter, the barista told me that she was a little nervous because she heard it was going to be on my blog. Poor girl. Basically the frapp is a “campfire in a cup.” It actually had a hint of a coffee taste in it and while it was good and sweet (exactly what I thought it would be) it was WAY SWEET. Like just filled to the brim with sugar I’m sure. I can’t believe I used to have frapps on a weekly basis back in college, but now I know why – because they got me completely wired. Do I think I would order this again? Probably not, but that’s only because I’m an adult and drinks like these would probably give me headaches. Did it taste like a real s’more? Absolutely. I also really like the crumbled graham crackers at the top for the extra added crunch. Also, I have just one little nitpicky detail which was that there was a glob of chocolate syrup on the bottom. Serious question – is it my job or the barista’s job to make sure that it is stirred in well? I had gotten a gulp full of it which really alarmed me.