There’s one Starbucks in the world where there’s zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as “Store Number 1″ on its receipts. No names grace the cups here, much to the frustration of one food services supervisor at the compound, who complains to the Washington Post that things might move faster if they did. And according to the paper, there’s quite the crowd to service: The location is described as one of America’s busiest Starbucks, with lines that can snake down the hallway. Read more on Newser…
Pumpkin spice lattes not your thing? No worries: Starbucks is currently testing out its new Dark Barrel Latte, which is inspired by “the rise of craft beers” and meant to taste like “roasted malt” (a.k.a Guinness covered in whipped cream). The drink doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but it does include caramel and “stout flavored” sauce mixed in with its milk and espresso base.
The beer latte is being tested in a few stores in Ohio and Florida, and so far, people aren’t really sure what to think. Among those who have tried the beverage, it’s just about agreed across the board that the drink does taste like Irish stout, but nobody really knows how to process that information. Isn’t Starbucks breaking some kind of fourth wall or something by trying to mimic the one beverage Americans might love more than coffee?
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I’m not saying there’s a practical reason to wear itty bitty clay Starbucks cups on your wrist, but I’m not saying there isn’t either. This bracelet can be customized with any of the 60+ food charms seller CMY Klays makes, but that cute little Starbucks cup is totally my favorite. If Frappuccinos are a little too sweet for your taste, you can opt for an iced coffee charm instead. Top it off with a macaron charm for good measure to satisfy your sweet tooth all day long – minus the actual sugar! [$15, CMYKlays]
Why, why must Starbucks insist on butchering the spelling of your name on every grande soy macchiato with an extra espresso shot that you order? Paul Gale knows the answer, and here he answers the greatest question of our time. Prepare to be enlightened. [Mashable]
Like most people who live on planet Earth, I adore me some Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I never expected the drink to be as healthy as say, kale, but as it turns out, its ingredients give a whole new meaning to the word “junk food.” In the midst of all the pre-autumn pumpkin hype, Vani Hari, the woman behind the healthy living blog Food Babe, is on a public mission to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes healthier. In a post on her blog, she shares an eye-opening list of what’s actually in the beloved PSL. Among lots of icky artificial flavors and preservatives, a serving of the drink includes two doses Caramel Color Level IV, a food coloring that sounds harmless in name but is actually made with ammonia and considered a carcinogen. Hari wants that food coloring taken out of the recipe. She’s also hoping to pressure Starbucks to do away with other harmful additives, offer organic milk at all store locations, and make the ingredients lists for their products publicly available. For a company that goes to great lengths to frame itself as transparent, health-conscious and socially aware, these requests hardly seem extravagant. Keep reading »
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 »