After several years of classy food reviews, the internet’s most well-dressed food critic, “Report of the Week”, has focused his attention on Starbucks’ new Pokemon Go-themed frappuccino.
The drink, which is available for a limited time, consists of a vanilla bean base with raspberry syrup and freeze-dried blackberries, topped with whipped cream. Although it gets relatively high marks for its smoothie-like texture and “pleasant blend” of flavors, the taste of vanilla is said to be dominant, with the flavor of blackberry being almost non-existent. Beyond this, RotW points out what we were all thinking: the timing of the drink’s release makes no sense, since Pokemon Go is almost done being a thing.
Check out the review below. [click to continue…]
The holiday season can officially begin now that Starbucks has introduced its 2016 winter cup designs. And to add to the merriment, the company has ensured that the sins of last year are not repeated, emblazoning 12 of the 13 different designs with snowflakes, poinsettia, winter landscapes, reindeer, ornaments, Christmas tree lights and most importantly, an abundance of festive red. A 13th design featuring a wreath will also be available on a plastic cup for cold drinks.
The design of this year’s cups are the result of a crowdsourcing effort that stemmed from customers inundating the company with improvements over last year’s solid red debacle. The company realized the potential of letting customers handle the design work and soon 1,200 designs were submitted via Instagram from 13 different countries. The results will be available at over 25,000 locations in 75 countries, where they will be admired at a glance then tossed in the trash.
This past Wednesday, a tornado touched down in Kokomo, Indiana, and promptly flattened a Starbucks. Though damage was extensive, the authorities didn’t report any injuries at the coffee shop. As you’ll see in the video below, that was a bona fide miracle. [click to continue…]
Everyone loves a good coffee break, and in turns out that the pooches at the Kitsap Humane Society in Washington also enjoy heading over to their local Starbucks for a refreshing treat. Molly Clark, a volunteer at the shelter, likes to take one of the shelter’s dogs each Tuesday for a “Puppuccino” (it’s just a little cup of whipped cream, so no coffee involved) at Starbucks.
Aside from getting a chance to enjoy a tasty dollop of whip cream, the shelter notes that the dogs often get a kick out of car ride. Molly only brings along dogs that won’t be stressed out by the experience, but she does bring puppuccinos back to the shelter for the dogs who aren’t able to leave.
The puppuccino-serving Starbucks posts notices about the dogs, so if customers are interested in adopting, they can do so. Also, cute pics like the ones below tend to be great for striking at the heart of the Internet. [click to continue…]
While brainstorming the possible results of brand collaborations, London-based graphic designer Jack Lalley came up with this “Starbucks X Spotify” series of coffee cup designs.
The cups draw inspiration from Kanye West, Adele, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Drake, but will almost certainly remain in concept world forever. Starbucks would have to take into consideration any licensing fees and, of course, customers who would refuse to carry something around that bears an image of Justin Bieber. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]
The baristas at the Target Redlands branch of Starbucks got into the Pokémon Go fun in a big way with a wide array of Pokémon-themed drinks. As you’ll see in the pictures below it looks like these baristas are Harry Potter fans as well. I’m beginning to think that this might be the funnest Starbucks location of them all. [click to continue…]