photo-9 Via Latte Challenge Logo on Apron2For the past few days, Starbucks has been inviting customers to try their new Via – the latte Vias with dairy.  It was the The Via Latte Taste Challenge (from January 16th through the 19th) for the two new Via Ready Brews:  Mocha Latte Via and Vanilla Latte Via.  There has been sampling going on, and many customers received a coupon for $1 off a handcrafted beverage.  These kind of sampling/challenge events are pretty fun!

On the 16th, I dropped by the 6th and Union Starbucks in the morning, and saw that Ron was sampling the new Latte Vias:

2 - 1 - IMAG8810 Ron at the 6th and Union Starbucks 16January2014 copyI pretty quickly got an email from a partner named Patsy, who shared with me her sampling pic from a Starbucks in McDonough, Georgia.  Patsy has been reading this blog and emailing me now and then since this blog was brand new in September 2009!  She is a long-term partner and so passionate about Starbucks:

2 - 1- Patsy at Starbucks McDonough Georgia copyNicole in Florida wanted to share her sampling pic too:

2 - 1 - Partner Shaun at 15716 Bee Ridge Cattleman StoreThis Via Latte sampling photo,sent in by a Starbucks partner in Reno, is just too cute.  I have been assured that the adorable child in an apron wasn’t really doing the sampling – though maybe that’s in her future? 🙂

2 - 1 - IMG_2751 Jenna at the Damonte Ranch Virginia Starbucks in Reno copyBrooke in Silverdale, Washington did the Via Challenge sampling for her store.  I’ve met her in real life, and I’m quite a fan of Brooke!  Sometimes I have to take special trips out to Silverdale just to visit a couple of the partners at this store!

2 - 1 - Brooke at the Silverdale 2 Starbucks copyA shift supervisor in Burlington, Massachusetts sent in this great photo.  I have been to this store, and I know that they work very hard to create great experiences:

2 - 1 - image-7 Wayside Burlington MASS Starbucks Via Latte Challenge copyI got this pic from Morgan in Virginia, and I love what she wrote to me: “I’ve been with the company for 5 years and it gets better every year.” That says it all!

2 - 1 - photo-11 Morgan Hoadly Village Starbucks Manassas, Virginia copyRepresenting Danbury, Connecticut, I got this photo emailed to me:

2 - 1 - Felix - Danbury CT Starbucks store 7288 copyFrom Montvale, New Jersey, I this picture was emailed to me! They are ready for customers to try the new Via Lattes!’image Montvale NJ Latte Challenge