Drag Queens Bianca Del Rio And Adore Delano Give This Starbucks Commercial LIFE


As reported in NewNowNext, RuPaul's Drag Race queens Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano star in a brand new OUTtv + Starbucks commercial. The ad was shot in Toronto four months ago, and the drag queens bring levity and life and we can't get enough of it. Starbucks approached Canada's LGBT network OUTtv to create the spot, and according to … [Read more...]

Is Latte Art Coming Soon To A Starbucks Near You?


In a post earlier this month on the Starbucks Partners Facebook Group page, an internal document was leaked revealing the company has created a latte art guide for its partners (what Starbucks calls its staff). Is the company distributing these one-sheets to its 20,737 stores worldwide? Is latte art coming soon to a Starbucks near you? In … [Read more...]

6 Starbucks Tattoos Partners Can Finally Reveal When Ink Ban Is Lifted


Eater reports that Starbucks is considering lifting its draconian barista tattoo-ban. Good! Baristas and coffee lovers of all sorts tend to be a tattooed bunch. Here are six examples of Starbucks tattoos that partners could soon be wearing loud and proud during their shift: 6. The classic siren logo on wrist. 5. The siren logo back tat. 4. … [Read more...]

Viral “Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong” Video Is WAY Better With This Soundtrack


YouTube personality Paul Gale is enjoying a touch of the virus this morning, as his video on "Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong" ping-pongs around the internet. It is no doubt cluttering your Facebook feed at this very moment. "I'm the one who writes your name in black marker on your Starbucks cup. I probably write around five hundred names … [Read more...]

Starbucks Makes Barista History, Bans The Dreaded Clopen Shift


The New York Times reports that Starbucks Coffee will change its scheduling policies, effectively putting an end to the "clopen shift" for their partners forever. This means no more 10PM closing shifts followed by a 4AM opening shift, a familiar scenario for baristas and service employees colloquially known here in the United States as a "clopen" … [Read more...]

Sirens And Clovers: Behind The Design At Starbucks’ First Store In Colombia


As reported today by The Chicago Tribune and others, Starbucks is opening its first-ever coffee bar in Colombia this week. Located at Calle 93 con Carrera 13, on a leafy corner of Bogota's iconic Parque de la 93, this is the Seattle-based retailer's opening salvo in a planned expansion into the Colombian market, long dominated by the Colombian … [Read more...]

Starbucks Enters Artisan Soda Pop Market With “Fizzio” Fizzer


We're living in a carbo-Nation. Not one full of carbohydrates--they're so passé--but rather, a land where everything that fizzes is fine, where what's bubbly is better, and what's carbonated is...well, nearly everything on the Starbucks menu, soon. Everything, that is, except coffee. Recently in New York City, a market in which this product is … [Read more...]

Jon Stewart Compliments Howard Schultz’s “Venti Balls” During Daily Show Interview


Starbucks President and CEO Howard Schultz showed up for an interview on Monday night's episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. While politicians have books to plug, and celebrities have new movies, Schultz was there promoting his company's new partnership with Arizona State University. Starbucks will replace its current … [Read more...]

BKON: Bringing The Potential of Sous-Vide To Beverage Extraction


Everywhere you turn these days in the coffee world, you hear the word "extraction" on people's lips. Extraction is a daily reality for baristas, and yet also a much imagined and puzzled over goal, being hotly debated and feverishly chased in myriad ways. The VST/MojoToGo extraction measuring tool is everywhere, novel brewing approaches are being … [Read more...]

Did This Starbucks Prankster Take It Too Far? You Decide.


New York City comedian and prankster Jena Kingsley staged a doozy of a prank in front of a Manhattan Starbucks. She pretended to be a bouncer and turned people away from the business if they weren't on her carefully curated list! It's all fun and games until someone gets butt-hurt. Did Jena Kingsley take her prank too far? Is this … [Read more...]

We Went To Dumb Starbucks And It Was Dumb

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Update: Dumb Starbucks was revealed today to be the work of Nathan Fielder, the host of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You" docu-comedy televsion program. Congratulations to Mr. Fielder for creating the greatest food media dogpile of 2014...so far. We now return you to our dumb coverage of Dumb Starbucks, due next in Brooklyn in 2 weeks.  In the … [Read more...]

Quality Control At Starbucks: A Team Of 7 Decides On 400 Million Pounds Of Coffee Year

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Co.Design, Fast Company magazine's online business & design outfit, just posted an article about their visit to the Starbucks cupping lab entitled  How 7 People Test 400 Million Pounds Of Starbucks Coffee A Year. The article is focused on how the cupping approach to evaluation--"keep your mouth shut, and simply move a glass just two inches left … [Read more...]

TONX Coffee Now Accepting Starbucks Gift Cards

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Tonx Coffee, the LA-based specialty coffee subscription juggernaut, has just announced a radical new program, just in time for your post-holidaze decluttering. Starting today, you can exchange  Starbucks® gift cards for dollar-for-dollar credit on a Tonx subscription. That's right, you can take that card your dear old Great-Aunt Sally gave you … [Read more...]

You’ll Never Believe Where They Opened A Starbucks Cafe


Last year, we reported a pilot project spearheaded by Switzerland Railways and Starbucks - a train car cafe for your Frappuccino fill-up mid-commute. Well here we are a year later, and they've finally rolled out the cafe. Bloggers can't stop blogging about it. And who can blame them? The cafe looks incredible, and you know what, darn it, for … [Read more...]

Starbucks To Start Roasting In Seattle’s Hippest Neighborhood


  The indispensable Capitol Hill Seattle blog broke the news that Starbucks have signed a lease on the 15,000 square foot building at 1124 Pike, on the westward downhill rolling heart of Seattle's Pike / Pine corridor. A rep from Starbucks, speaking to CHS, said "The project is still in its early stages, but our vision is a mixed-use … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: Tracing Coffee Through The ECX With GeoCertify


The world's first traceable ECX coffee, roasted by one of the best roasters in the country, from a company you've probably never heard of. Seen from a certain vantage, specialty coffee right now looks a little like MTV’s Spring Break coverage from the fratty glory days of the early naughts: It’s all about being maximally see-through. Whether … [Read more...]