Almost 400 people bought coffee for the customer behind them at a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Wednesday. That morning, after paying for her own drink, a woman asked to pay for the drink of the customer in the car next in line behind her. That person paid it forward by paying for the person behind them, and the chain of kindness continued until baristas tallied 378 people paying for strangers’ drinks. When each driver arrived at the drive-through window to pay for their orders, barista Vu Nguyen would let them know that the driver in front of them had paid for their drink and asked if they’d like to return the favor. Keep reading »
[Said in the voice of a petulant teenager:] ”Thanks, Starbucks, for taking over my life EVEN MORE.”
The ‘bux announced last week that it’s making your fast food coffee experience even easier: you will soon be able to preorder your drinks and pay via an app, according to the tech blog Recode. Just like hailing a cab with Uber or ordering sushi over Seamless, coffee jerks can save time by paying for a coffee ahead of time and avoiding lines. The company is testing the process at an “undisclosed location” and will eventually bring it nationwide. I could see myself downloading the app, but use it only when I’m in a rush. (And I’m not that important to ever really be in a rush.) Part of what I like about Starbucks is it being a “third place” in addition to work and home. It’s a reason to get out of the office for a 10-minute break in the afternoon and stretch my legs. It’s about the short walk, the music, the socializing. The app sounds useful for, say, personal assistants in a rush to please their boss, but for me, I’m happy to take my time. Within reason, of course. [Recode]
Given all the stories we hear about women getting flack for breastfeeding in public, it’s so uplifting to hear about the experience of Julia Wykes, who was defended by a teenage Starbucks barista. Wykes stopped at the coffee shop while running errands with her five-month-old son; when he started to get cranky in line, she sat down to nurse him.
A fellow customer spotted this, and loudly bitched to the barista about Wykes. She asked the barista to stop her from breastfeeding because it was “disgusting.” The barista told the woman he’d take care of it and approached Wykes, but instead of confronting her, he offered her a voucher for a free drink and said, “I’m sorry you had to deal with such unpleasantness today,” prompting the bully to storm out of the shop. Keep reading »
Today in the annals of First-World feats: America has a new priciest-ever Starbucks drink. The customer behind the beverage, identified as Andrew, used his loyalty card to get a free Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino, a concoction made with 60 shots of espresso. Find out how much it cost on Newser…
It’s finally here! Iced coffee season! I don’t even care that the weather randomly went back to being 28 degrees for a few mornings this week; I’m not going back to hot coffee until at least October. As Patrick Henry once said, “Give me refreshingly chilled coffee, or give me death!” Want to brew up some iced coffee goodness at home and cut down on your monthly Starbucks bill? Click through for some awesome (and easy) recipes for homemade iced coffee…