Starbucks Makes Barista History, Bans The Dreaded Clopen Shift

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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...]