A Starbucks sweepstakes: Enter to win a trip to Seattle!

by Melody on April 3, 2012

I thought I’d pass along the fun link to a Starbucks-sponsored sweepstakes.  You can enter in to win a trip to Seattle.  Without any further hesitation, here is the link:

You can enter through April 30, 2012, and the winner wins a trip to Seattle with three friends, and the Grand Prize winner receives a personal coffee cupping experience with a Starbucks coffee master.  The winner also receives a check for $1,700 as spending money for his or her three-day stay in Seattle.  The Grand Prize winner and all travel guests must be over age 18.

There will also be 1000 “First Prizes” given out.  The “First Prizes” are a “tasting kit” which includes a French press, 3 bags of coffee, a coffee scoop, and a Starbucks gift card with $15.00 pre-loaded on it.

Having glanced through the rules for this sweepstakes, it appears that Starbucks partners are not eligible to enter!  Sorry!  I know many a Starbucks partner who would love a trip to Seattle.  Check out the contest rules for more information.


Tasting kit giveaway:

As luck would have it, my Starbucks contact person indicated to me that she could muster up one more “tasting kit” for a giveaway here on the blog.  Here’s a picture of the tasting kit:


If you would like to enter in to win a tasting kit from StarbucksMelody.com, here is what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment below and tell me which roast you love the most.

2. Must be over 18.

3.  Entrants must be within the United States.

4.  Entry comment must be received no later than April 5, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. PST.

5. One entry per person.

6. I’ll take up to 70 entries maximum – otherwise it gets too overwhelming.

Thank you Starbucks for sponsoring this contest!  I’ll put all the names in a hat and draw a winner.  Can’t wait!



Just disregard this next paragraph:  A funny little story:  When I first heard about this sweepstakes, I happened to be visiting with my sister, and checking my email from my niece’s laptop.  I tried to enter the sweepstakes but it wouldn’t let me enter.  I got weird error messages all the time.  I just couldn’t do very much.  Later, I learned that my sister has installed some sophisticated parental controls software on that laptop!  No wonder I couldn’t enter in.  Boy, parental control software is annoying!  LOL.  Worked just fine to enter in, once I switched computers.


Full disclosure:  Thank you Starbucks for sponsoring this giveaway for the “tasting kit.”  As my readers know, this is a rare treat!



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{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

denise r April 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

just a reminder: that “morning joe” is ACTUALLY GOLD COAST….as it says in minute print somewhere on the bag….after Sbux gets their msnbc advertising out of it. :(

lobloblaw April 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Komodo dragon is usually my default brew. It is part bright with a biting acidity and part earthy smoothness plus it has a cool name.

Melody April 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Wow there is a lot of new faces! The tasting kit drawing will be fun! For the many newbies in this thread, please “like” the FB page and/or “subscribe” to the blog. Thank you!

CD April 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Very cool. This contest you’re running is kind of like a “virtual tasting” – name your favorite!

Tim Stephens April 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

My favorite blend is Komodo Dragon!!! Hands down. It has such a bold rich flavor.

Anthony April 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

My favorite is Casi Cielo, but I generally like dark roast coffee at Starbucks. I can drink French Roast black. It’s so interesting, though, because since I got the Keurig, I’ve found that I enjoy some milder coffees.

Julie April 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I think that dark roast has got the best taste! And I really would like to have the change to get to Seattle…

Lorene April 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I was at a tasting at the Healdsburg (CA) Starbucks and the has us try the Kona Reserve. OMG it was so smooth and amazing. No wonder its limited. I bought it on the spot!

Barb the French Bean April 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

Seeing as how I don’t have a particular favorite roast (my family sticks to Cuban espresso at home), I think it’s an automatic default for the kit (sorry)!

However, I’m going to enter this Starbucks contest! :D Thanks for the heads-up!

Becky E April 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

I love, love, love the Reserve coffees from Ethiopia! But drink Espresso Roast when I don’t have any in the kitchen cabinet.

Jessica aka ensanguin April 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

I honestly do NOT have a favorite roast, as I’m more of a latte girl. However, my husband LOVES the Casi Cielo. :) Good luck with picking a winner, and thanks for sponsoring (with your time and effort) yet another great contest!

jaimee w April 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

My fav is their Caffee Verona (dark roast). thanks for the chance!

Brett April 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

Casi Cielo and Christmas Blend would probably be my two favorite offerings.

This tasting kit would be fun to go through with my wife!

Nathan April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The roast that I love the most is Medium, as Goldy Locks would say, “it’s not too light, it’s not too dark, it’s just right!”

Rich April 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

The kit looks very worthwhile!!!!

Lindsey April 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm

MEDIUM. You can’t go wrong with a Clover brewed Guatemala Antigua.

Leigh April 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I love almost all of them, it’s hard to find one that I can’t or won’t drink. This looks like it’s gonna be fun. Thanks for having the “virtual tasting”

Jessica April 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Just found your website and I love it!

I’m trying not to brag
And trying not to boast
But medium is my favorite roast.

Mmmm, so good! I’m off to get some now!

RichardCorp April 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Blonde Roast. I don’t know why, but I just like the smooth stuff.

Hayley April 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I have to agree with someone in the above posts, about the Guatemala coffee. I am just finishing up a bag of Reserve Guatemala Antigua Santa Catalina. It was Fantastic!! Very good Reserve selection I think. I don’t know that I would consider it a dark or bold roast…but either way I was a fan.

Dee April 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I love the medium roast. It’s delicious. The blonde roast is a little too weak for my taste.

Brendon April 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’m a fan of the Blonde Willow. It does really well with my espresso machine, just dark enough to perform well in a cappuccino.

Janine Klement April 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

Why of course, blond roast is my favorite! I believe it is clean, clear, and convenient for anytime of my busy day. My sister and her husband live in Seattle and require a cup every morning before starting a stressful day at the University of Seattle and Bellevue College. My annual gift card for “Starbucks” is always appreciated by them. Yes, I would love to visit her with my 97 year old mother, blind sister and my daughter.
Thank you for the opportunity

Jessica aka ensanguin April 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I feel kind of bad for the people who think this is the contest for the free trip to Seattle, when it is clearly a contest to win a free tasting kit. If you’re trying to enter to win the trip to Seattle, you want to go here: http://starbucks.com/sweeps

Good luck to everyone entering the contest!

Melody April 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Okay, I have to figure out whose name goes into the hat for the one extra tasting kit: (3 bags of coffee, tasting guide, French press, scoop, Starbucks gift card with $15 on it.)

1. Cathy B (Blonde)
2. Elly (Med)
3. Earl Dizon (Pike Pl)
4. Heather N (dark)
5. DadCooks (dark)
6. Josh (blonde)
7. Darkkatpouncing – (med)
8. Odessa (med)
9. Justin (dark)
10 Steve H. (blonde_
11. Sandra Trollinger (dark)
12. WO (blonde & dark)
13 Sherree (dark/ Komodo Dragon)
14. Jim B. (Yukon /Verona)
15. Hayley (bold/ dark)
16. AmazonV (Blonde/ Casi Cielo)
17 GO – (Aged Sumatra)
18 Amy in Boston (Starbucks Espresso Roast/ Kenya)
19. Suzanne C – (Veranda)
20. Eric (Bold)
21 MerrynCole (Med)
22. Scott T. (Blonde)
23. DeniseR (Yirgacheffe/ dark)
24. Dustin K. (Espresso Roast)
25 Jen X. (Casi Cielo/ Tribute)
26. Stew (Komodo)
27. Purple1 (dark)
28. Rhonda C (Medium/Morning Joe)
29. Lori (Bold)
30. Kristina (Dark Roast/ Seasonals)
31. Kelly (Espresso roast/ Casi Cielo from the Clover)
32. Rachel Carter (Kona)
33. Alayna Barnett (Pike Place)
34. Tim Sandor (Blonde)
35 Brandon Gordon (Dark)
36 SuperSteives (pike place)
37 Linda Lynch (Tribute)
38 Chika (Verona)
39 Kurt (Willow)
40. Tania (Blonde/Pike)
41 Tiffany Creel (French)
42 Donel P (Blonde)
43 Jennifer Raymond (Blonde)
44. Loblowblaw (Komodo Dragon)
45. Tim Stephens (Komodo Dragon)
46. Anthony (Casi Cielo)
47. Julie (dark)
48. Lorene (Kona)
49. Barb the French Bean (Cuban Espresso)
50. Becky E. (Reserve Ethiopians/ Espresso)
51. Jessica aka Esanguin (Casi Cielo)
52. Jaimee W. (Verona)
53. Brett (Casi Cielo/ Christmas Blend)
54. Nathan (Medium)
55. Lindsey (Medium)
56. Leigh (all)
57. Jessica (Med)
58 RichardCorp (Blonde)

I ended the contest at 6 pm on 4/5 but people continued to comment after that time. Every single time I’ve done a contest — it doesn’t matter what the contest is — I get a number of people that don’t bother reading the directions. I think that happened here. The idea was just post your favorite roast. At least a few people commented without posting a roast. And I’ve noticed that in many contests, if I say that I want “15 comments where people have done xyz thing” well, it may take 30 comments to get to 15 qualifying one, but after the first 15 comments, people stop entering in (That’s just a hypothetical). I sometimes wonder if we live in a society where people are so bombarded with information that they just can’t read so much. Lots of people scan. A partner who knows me, saw me in a store, and asked me “How was your trip to Waikiki, Melody? I saw all that great art from Hawaii!” LOL. Such is life. I guess it doesn’t matter. I’d rather have you skim the blog, than not visit at all! LOL!! So here you have it, 58 names to put in a hat. I’ve got to make up some little cards, and get the hat, and I’ll have a name for you soon.

Lorene Romero April 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thank you Melody for doing these contests. I know a lot of work goes into them. And a BIG shout out for all the work you do on your blog.

Hip Hip!!!!!!

Ron April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I love my coffee. Even though bacon is good for me. I really enjoy good coffee. Chocolate covered coffee beans are really good also. Why sip it when you can crunch it.

Melody April 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

The winner of the tasting kit is Cathy B. I put all the names on cards and a partner named Patrick (4th and Union) pulled her name from the bag. Congrats!!

Jessica Smith / ensanguin April 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Congrats Cathy! And thanks again for hosting another great contest, Melody!

Cathy B April 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

oh i won yay! i just got your email Melody! ill email you my address right now!

Sally Clem December 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

I really like the Organic Galapagos San Cristobal, generally my favorite coffees are Organic Peruvian if you ever get peruvian coffee in be sure to let me know. Very fun contest, would be awesome to win but whether I win or not wanted to wish you a good wk-end and happy holiday season.

Melody December 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

Hello Sally! Welcome to the blog! I hope you’ll take a minute and either “like” or subscribe to it:


This contest here in this thread ended in April 2012. I try to do about one contest a month, though they vary a lot on what they are. Right now, the only contest running is the “Tazo Tea Card Giveaway” – You can use a Tazo tea card at a Starbucks. In fact, today is the last day to enter the Tazo Tea Card Giveaway (it might be easiest to find it from the popular posts list on the side column, since it’s there now) and it has roughly 9 hours left in it to enter.

Thanks! And Welcome again!


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