The New Berry and Banana Yogurt Frappuccinos: Starbucks UK and more

July 11, 2014

A number of international Starbucks markets have just launched a yogurt Frappuccino. It comes in two flavors: Red Berry Yogurt or Banana Yogurt. You’ll find this new Frappuccino in Starbucks locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, and possibly more. The home pages for Starbucks UK (which means that Starbucks Ireland will have […]

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Coffee Workshop Nine. Starbucks Kent Blend. (A Day in the Life – July 7, 2014)

July 9, 2014

I took Monday, July 7, 2014 off from work. Previously, I had contacted my regular contact person inside the Starbucks Support Center (the headquarters “SSC”) and mentioned that I wanted to drink Starbucks Root Beer and see the new coffee education area of the support center. The Starbucks sparkling beverages are only available in the […]

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A look at new food at Starbucks: New panini gets 2 thumbs up. Grilled cheese gets 2 thumbs down.

July 7, 2014

This summer there are new food options at Starbucks. I thought I’d give you a quick run-down of what’s new. There’s a new Evolution Fresh juice that has shown up at Starbucks stores. It’s the Apple Berry juice. I’m pretty sure that the Apple Berry juice replaced the Organic Ginger Limeade in the stores – […]

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What is a coffee varietal?

July 6, 2014

For those who are interested in coffee education, I want to talk about what a coffee varietal is. There are three things that happened (all within a short time of each other) that inspired me to put this article together 1) in my own closed Facebook group, there was a great conversation from a customer […]

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New brewed Starbucks Iced Coffee: Now at your local grocery store. (Guest blog post by @NeilSHarris)

July 4, 2014

This is a guest blog post by Chicago reader, Neil Harris. He reviewed the new grocery-store-only beverage, “Lightly Sweetened Starbucks Iced Coffee”. It’s so new, it hasn’t shown up yet on the Starbucks website. Here’s his review. Enjoy! New brewed Starbucks Iced Coffee Last night I was at a Walmart just outside of Chicago (in […]

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Help Melody Give to the Starbucks Cup Fund.

July 1, 2014

During the month of July, Melody will donate one dollar to the Starbucks CUP Fund for every paperback copy of Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody sold via In other words, buy a copy of Tales on (paperback version) and Melody will donate. Each month, my sales tracker starts anew at zero. So […]

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Any funny Starbucks beverage certificate stories?

June 30, 2014

Has anyone here stumbled upon any old Starbucks beverage certificates or ancient customer service recovery coupons? I thought this was interesting: Very recently, a customer walked into a Starbucks and attempted to redeem this certificate: The partner who took the certificate at the register, hung on to it, and then yesterday she gave it to […]

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Westlake Starbucks: Looking back 14 years ago at opening day.

June 29, 2014

The Westlake Starbucks in Seattle has been around for fourteen years. The assistant store manager who opened up this store on its grand opening day (December 16, 2000) is still a current Starbucks partner. (He’s above the store level now). Recently, he wrote to me and attached his personal photos from the store’s grand opening, […]

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We Can’t Wait to Connect with You: (Open thread).

June 27, 2014

I get emails now and then suggesting new article topics on this site. Recently, a reader wrote me asking to write an updated article about Starbucks launched in March 2008, at the annual meeting of shareholders, in Seattle. According to Onward (page 135), here’s how that opening curtain moment went: “Chris Bruzzo walked […]

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2 new Starbucks Reserve Coffees: Maui Mokka and Malawi Peaberry Sable Farm.

June 25, 2014

Two new Starbucks Reserve coffees are here! They’re available in Starbucks Reserve locations or at The first is the Maui Mokka Reserve, which as the name implies, is a mokka varietal coffee, grown in Maui. The website describes it as having flavors of candied fruit and chocolate. I went to a coffee seminar […]

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