Roy Street Coffee and Starbucks Fall Blend (2 wonderful things, not related to each other).

August 17, 2014

At about 8:30 AM today (Sunday, August 17, 2014) I dropped by Roy Street Coffee and Tea. It’s been way too long since I spotlighted this store. This location is entirely owned and operated by Starbucks. In fact, it’s one of just a few stores that are considered to be “Inspired by Starbucks” stores. An […]

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Quietly Testing Cold Brewed Coffee.

August 14, 2014

Starbucks is currently quietly testing iced cold brewed coffee. It’s a very small test in one district (in the Boston area) and the test is only slated to run for a few weeks. Partners are brewing core Ethiopia in a Toddy-system for cold brewing coffee. When it runs out for the day, they put stickers […]

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Say Hello Starbucks Fall Blend 2014. (Available in grocery stores and other such retailers).

August 13, 2014

“Welcome the season with a harvest of flavors. Layered and full-bodied, this three-region blend offers the best of all worlds. Sumatran beans lend the warmth of fresh spice notes while coffees from Kenya add citrusy brightness, and beans from Peru provide balance and a subtle nuttiness. This is the first time our master blenders have […]

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#WhereInTheWorld #Starbucks

August 12, 2014

I posted this image to Facebook recently: On Facebook, I simply tagged it as #WhereInTheWorld and #Starbucks, and then I made a very similar post on Instagram too.  Of course, immediately a number of people guessed right that this is a photo from the “SODO 8″ Starbucks. I took the pic on Monday, August 11th, […]

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What happened to the free tall coffee on the side of the Starbucks coffee package? What are stars?

August 10, 2014

Over the past year, I’ve been asked many times, ‘What happened to the free brewed tall coffee that you used to get for buying Starbucks packaged coffee at the grocery store?‘ That program is gone. The packaging that used to offer a free tall coffee has been phased out in favor of MyStarbucksRewards loyalty program. […]

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Hot August Bonus Stars: MyStarbucksRewards Promotions

August 7, 2014

Starbucks employs one-to-one marketing when it comes to promotions via MyStarbucksRewards. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but this is an excellent time to mention it again. This means that those who have a registered Starbucks card receive individualized promotions. There is a downside to one-to-one marketing: It’s confusing. At no point can a barista […]

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60th & Columbia Starbucks in Portland: Concept Drive Thru. And Leschi Starbucks Adds Clover – Reserve.

August 5, 2014

I thought it would be fun to take a look at a couple of unique Starbucks stores. This past weekend, I drove down to Portland to see the prefab construction drive thru Starbucks at 60th and NE Columbia. The address is 6020 NE Columbia Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, and the store’s grand opening was May […]

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Starbucks in the News: A Roundup. Starbucks testing mobile pay and more.

August 1, 2014

It’s been eons since I’ve simply talked about Starbucks in the news. There have been a number of interesting stories lately. Of course, the fact that Starbucks will soon be testing a mobile order and pay phone app (which allows customers to both order and pay from the app) is definitely one of the more […]

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Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody and donating to the CUP Fund.

July 31, 2014

At the beginning of this month, I made a promise that for every paperback of Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody sold through, I’d donate one dollar to the CUP Fund. That promise still holds true. Today’s the last day where if you buy Tales of the Siren paperback, I’ll donate. Since the book’s […]

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Finding the Hidden Messages in the Starbucks Whole Bean Coffee.

July 30, 2014

Did you know that most every package of Starbucks whole bean coffee has a “clue” on it, which tells a story about the history of that coffee? It’s been about one year since all of the new Starbucks packaging launched. Have you figured out all the clues on the coffee? The official Starbucks blog post […]

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