Coming soon: On December 9, 2013, you’ll be able to buy a tumbler at Starbucks that is re-fillable with brewed coffee during January 2014. A reader of this blog spotted the tumblers in a Target Starbucks, and sent in the attached photo. The price tag for the January coffee-only tumbler is $30.00. If you want a tumbler that you can refill in January with any handcrafted espresso beverage (such as lattes, mochas, and I assume an Americano also) then you might want to consider looking for the January espresso-beverage-only tumbler. I am a little surprised but I’ve seen a few of the Espresso Beverage Tumblers still around downtown Seattle.
Just to be clear, with the Brewed Coffee Tumbler, you can get free during the month of January 2014, whatever brewed coffee of the day is available (such as Pike Place Roast, Veranda Blend Coffee, etc…). Theoretically, you should only be able to use the tumbler once a day, but I think it’s a well-known fact that is the kind of thing that is hard to keep track of. Also, I think the intent really is just brewed coffee, but as I recall, last year it was a point of ambiguity whether iced coffee would be allowed. I think there were many partners who would just say “yes” to iced coffee in this tumbler (I probably would if I worked for Starbucks) but I don’t believe that technically iced coffee is included – someone please correct me if you know for sure. The tumbler is a Grande size (16 ounces).
Thank you Kathi for sending in your photo!
I visited recently two Starbucks in Burlington, Massachusetts, and decided to write about both of them.
Starbucks store 7279
84 Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 273 6544
The first one is a Clover – Reserve Starbucks located at the Marketplace at Burlington (store 7279) is near the Burlington Mall. I dropped by the day after Thanksgiving and bought a January Espresso Tumbler, and ordered a short Aged Sumatra. This Starbucks has Google WiFi too! I thought I’d share a few photos from this visit.
I hope you get the chance to visit that Clover store!
Starbucks store 19385
2 Wayside Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
From that Starbucks, I headed to the Starbucks in Burlington on Wayside Drive. The visit to the Clover store was a little more of a short, surprise visit. The visit to the store on Wayside Drive was a little more planned. Starbucks on Wayside Drive opened new May 2, 2013. This store is super cozy and cute with a fireplace with four comfy seats near it. I dropped by on November 29, 2013, and loved that all the store partners had a (small) stocking hung over the fireplace with their names on it! Take a look at this great store:
Here I am with the crew that was working at the Wayside Drive, Burlington store when I dropped by:
The baristas at this store were very friendly. I think you’ll like this store. I chatted with Piotr, a shift supervisor at this store, and he mentioned he opened the store new on May 2nd. Some of my readers might be familiar with a customer named Winter who is on a quest to visit every single Starbucks in the world. I’m always a little amazed when I get to a store before him! Much to my surprise, Winter hasn’t visited this Starbucks yet! You can see all the U.S. stores that he’s visited here. What do you think of Winter’s adventure? You can “like” his Facebook page and see more of the stores that he’s been to recently.
Enjoy these two stores!
Happy Thanksgiving! And for the many readers not celebrating Thanksgiving, I’m wishing you happy holidays.
^ A reader sent in this great photo of a sunrise behind a Starbucks. This is actually a photo of the First and Walker Starbucks, which is nearby the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. The reader said that she is a former SSC partner, and happened to catch this beautiful sunrise on her way into work.
^ From Starbucks in Bulgaria, a couple of photos of a holiday chalkboard. The Orange Mocha is a holiday seasonal drink this year in a number of European countries.
^ This is precious! A cute little girl at Starbucks, who is pretty much making a bit of a mess at their table.
^ I thought this was just a great holiday picture submitted by a partner! Very festive!
^ This is my own photo. I dropped by 1912 Pike Place Starbucks the morning of the 25th, and snapped this picture. It’s impossible to take a bad picture of this store!
This will be the last blog update for about one week. Hope everyone has happy holidays. I’ll be out of town for a few days. I have about a five hour flight ahead of me, and I’d like to download something new on my Kindle. Feel free to leave a book suggestion in the comments – something that could be read in five hours or less, and is a light and fun book.
This is an open thread. Feel free to write anything Starbucks-related in the comments (or your Kindle book suggestion).
I want to walk you through some of my favorites of my own Starbucks photos over the past month. If you are on Instagram, it’s possible you’ve seen these, but I know that not all readers on Instagram:
^ That is a little Starbucks store in Bremerton, Washington. I had the day off on Veteran’s Day, and ended up touring some of the Kitsap County Starbucks stores. I just thought that was an adorable storefront.
^ That is the Westlake Center Starbucks, in downtown Seattle. It always gets a special holiday window wrap every year. There are a few Starbucks that typically get additional decorative holiday window clings. I think the Oak and Rush Starbucks in Chicago is another one that also gets such pretty window designs.
^ I just loved how elegant the opening soon sign was for the new University Village Starbucks.
^ I took this photo just yesterday. It’s partner Jonathan at bar at the new University Village Starbucks. I was sitting at a distance, and just watching Jonathan. This was not a staged photo in anyway! Jonathan has known me for years, and thankfully, he’s always been game to be featured on this blog! Thank you Jonathan. He’s a great partner.
^ This was a candid photo from a coffee tasting earlier this month. I meant to write a whole article about it, but got busy and didn’t do so. This was a Thanksgiving Blend coffee seminar. Coffee Master Meagan is incredibly knowledgeable and always willing to share her coffee passion. And thank you East Olive Way Starbucks!
^ The Starbucks Clover brewer has been in stores since December 2007 (I personally found it in January 2008). It is still a brilliant way to have a cup of coffee. I took this photo last night, having ordered an Aged Sumatra coffee from the Clover at the Fourth and Union Starbucks in downtown Seattle.
Thanks for the walk through photos with me! Do you have a picture you want me to share? Email me if you do.