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

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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

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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

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  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

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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...]

USA: America, Today Is “Take Your Gun To Starbucks” Day

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The Fourth of July. Thanksgiving. The Super Bowl. These all-American holidays have been joined by a new and very special day: the grassroots Facebook campaign "I Love Guns and Coffee" have declared today as "Starbucks Appreciation Day" for more than 40 U.S. States with "open carry" firearms laws. For those of you in countries that cannot fathom … [Read more...]

Coffee Product Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

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Espresso Maker Airpress - If you're a fan of the Aerobie Aeropress than you simply must add this to your collection! It has its own unique markings on the side for easier dosing. Available from resellers on eBay for $21.99. The Tiamo Hand Grinder - Are you a big booster of the Hario Minimill? You might want to take a look at this Tiamo Hand … [Read more...]

8 Things We Love About Beautiful Existence & Her Year Living Off Starbucks

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At the beginning of 2013, a Seattle blogger named Beautiful Existence challenged herself to live on nothing but Starbucks for one whole year. Everything she eats and drinks must come from Starbucks. While to some this might seem like a daunting task, to others, living off of Starbucks lemon pound cakes and Frappuccinos for a year sounds like a … [Read more...]

4 Metabolism-Destroying Starbucks Drinks To Avoid At All Costs

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Oh, sure, everyone these days is looking for a quick 2PM pick-me up to get through those last three hours at the office. And while some of us might keep an aeropress, Porlex Mini-Mill, pre-weighed bean canisters and electric Buono kettle in the top drawer of our work desk, far more are subject to the whims and fathoms of the inevitable afternoon … [Read more...]

Is This The Three Group Super Automatic Clover?

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This illustration comes from a Starbucks Coffee Company document retrieved from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, released to the public on May 30th, 2013. It is speculated that this new product is the long-awaited three-group super automatic version of the company's Clover® Brewing System, the $8,000 (some report its worth up to … [Read more...]

Outrageous Starbucks BuzzFeed Paid Post: What Happened In The Meeting?

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Earlier this week on May 29th, the folks at BuzzFeed partnered with Starbucks for a paid post entitled 10 Frappuccino® Hacks From The Secret Menu [Warning: GIFs throughout post may cause epilepsy]. So as to avoid confusion, the feature is even bylined with the name "Starbucks Frappuccino®" - we are to understand that the global coffee chain's … [Read more...]

Starbucks Barista Helps Capture The Hatchet Hitchhiker

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Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became Internet Famous back in February [NSFW & hilarious] for a hatchet situation in Fresno, has been arrested for the death of a 73 year old lawyer, thanks to the quick thinking of a latte slinging barista. More details on this bizarre store courtesy of - who else - the New York Post: Life on the run for the … [Read more...]

Starbucks To Take Over Your Local Grocery Store

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  Starbucks has big plans to push for a more customized experience at your local grocery store, according to a recent feature in the Huffington Post. They're stripping stores of their usual beige metro shelves and installing what looks like (could it be?) wooden fixtures with faux-upcycled reclaimed wood paneling. For a moment, you'll be … [Read more...]

Bay Area Starbucks Has Bed Bugs – Find Out Where!

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Take back my Mocha Frappuccino! I don't want any of it! Blegh! Blurgh! Glegh! Two customers at a Bay Area Starbucks found bed bugs crawling all over their personal belongings after sitting at a table, trying to enjoy their white chocolate mochas. NBC Bay Area has more: For two South Bay women, however, the trip to a Campbell Starbucks left them … [Read more...]