OK, I may need someone to explain to me the point of this one. Starbucks is apparently testing a 10 ounce Frappuccino in some markets. Besides only being 2 ounces smaller than the “Tall”, they are also less customizable. Personally, I usually prefer my coffee a little less sugar laden, and maybe that causes me to be a little near sighted to the plight of the Frappuccino lovers who for some reason can’t finish a full 12 ouncer. If it’s a calorie savings you are looking for, you might consider a cold coffee with a shot of flavor and skim milk (or half and half), that way you get your cold sweet fix without completely skimping on your caffeine fix.
What would happen if Starbucks had a bouncer like a night club? That is the question that that comedian Jena Kingsley set out to discover by setting up a station in front of a New York City Starbucks. She sat there, complete with a list and informed people that in order to go in their name had to be on the list or they had to make a reservation.
“In all of my pranks, or social experiments I have been amazed with how cooperative New Yorkers are. They are unfazed and I couldn’t believe how many people got in line”, said Kingsley.
She recorded the adventure and put it on Youtube. Take a look!
The holidays often bring out the best in people. One customer at Starbucks in New Haven was feeling the Christmas Spirit and decided to play Secret Santa to everyone who came in while he was enjoying his coffee. He gave the baristas his American Express card and told them that he wanted to pay for EVERYONE’s coffee while he was there. He ended up racking up a bill of between $500 and $600 when it was all said and done. He gave all of the employees a tip as well. They say he was smiling from ear to ear. What a wonderful Holiday gesture:)
Many people struggle over choosing the perfect baby name for their new bundle of joy, but one Connecticut couple simply could not choose. After narrowing their name choices down to two names, they decided to let the patrons of their local Starbucks vote on the name. They put up a sign at Starbucks’ New Haven Green location asking for others to help them choose between the names Jackson and Logan. A whopping 18000 customers cast their votes in a coffee cup and chose Logan as the baby’s name. The parent’s must still be torn because they say they will name the infant Logan Jackson Dixon. I think they got the best of both worlds. Its a cute name. Maybe they were really trying to decide between Logan Jackson and Jackson Logan? What do you think?
As of today (January 3rd) Starbucks is going to start offering reusable cups in their cafe’s for $1. They will look like the paper cups that Starbucks now uses and you will still get the 10 cent discount on your refills. To insure that your cup is sanitary, it will be disinfected before each refill with boiling hot water.
Well, I’ll admit I’m in shock, especially in this economy, but its true, Starbucks has introduced a new gift card made of stainless steel and you can have one for $450. It will be available in limited quantities from the luxury website, www.gilt.com. 5000 will be available beginning at 9am on Friday, December 7th.
The card itself is made of $50 worth of stainless steel. It comes with a $400 credit loaded onto the card and the card holder will be an official gold level Starbucks member.
So, will you be getting one?
Starbucks has launched a new coffee. Its called Costa Rica Tarrazú Geisha and its part of their luxury reserve line. One cup of this java will cost a hefty $7 for a 16oz cup and $6 for a 12oz cup.
Geisha is so rare that there are only 450 individually numbered 1/2lb bags of the beans. Its only available in 46 of the chain’s U.S. Northwest locations that have the Clover brewing machines.
For the last two years Christine Hall, a 66 year old law librarian from Virginia, has dropped 76 pounds by eating most of her meals at Starbucks.
Hall decided to drop the weight after she was turned down to donate a kidney because of her size At 200 pounds and five foot, four inches tall, the surgeons considered the donation procedure to be too much of a risk to take. f she was serious about donating a kidney, she had to get serious about loosing the weight.
Using Starbucks calorie posts she restricted her diet to as little as 876 calories per day. Since loosing the weight she has been allowed by doctors to participate in a 32-person altruistic kidney swap. She currently weighs 114 pounds.
Of course, we must question whether or not this diet meets the ideal food requirements needed by a person each day. Loosing weight should always be done while not sacrificing nutritional value.
Starbucks is getting greener all the time. They are flirting with a new recycling process that will turn coffee grinds and muffins into laundry detergent and bio plastics.
This mission is being lead by scientists at the City University of Hong Kong and is being tested at a new food ‘biorefinery,’ that diverts food waste and transforms it into viable, usable products.
The biorefinery process involves combining the baked goods with a mixture of fungi that help break down the carbohydrates into simple sugars. Its fermented in a vat where bacteria turns the sugars into succinic acid which is a material used to produce everything from laundry detergent, plastic, to medicine. The baked goods can be used to create livestock feed.
The Starbucks in Hong Kong itself currently produces around 5000 tons of coffee and pastry waste each year, which currently ends up in either incinerated, composted or disposed of in landfills.
In an attempt to expand their offerings beyond coffee and tea, Starbucks has purchased San Bernardino, CA based Evolution Fresh Inc.
The purchase price was $30 million. Starbucks plans to open a new chain of wellness stores that will focus on juices and simple foods. “We are not just acquiring a juice company,” said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “We are using this acquisition to position ourselves, in a broad way, to build a multibillion health and wellness business over time.”
Starbucks has not released a detailed plan at this time as to how many stores they plan to open and exactly when and where they plan to roll the first one out.
Alec Baldwin is not having a good morning. He stopped by Starbucks this morning and then tweeted “Starbucks on 93 and B’way. Uptight Queen barrista [sic] named JAY has an attitude problem.,” He went on to tweet “Clyde, on the other hand, outside DINOSAUR BARBECUE @ W 125 n H River is MY MAN,” he tweeted. “Keeping the hickory ovens going, he is 2dayz Coolest NYer.” The New York Post was interested in this “barista incident” so they contacted the Starbucks in question only to find that no one by the name of JAY worked there. This goes to show that no one can function property until their morning dose of caffeine has kicked in!