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Coffee lovers, rejoice! Starbucks is teaming up with delivery startup Postmates to let people order food and drinks for delivery. It’s all done through the Starbucks mobile app and will roll out first as a test in Seattle and NYC.

More specifically, the NYC test will happen in the Empire State Building. The Starbucks location in the building will be able to deliver to anyone in the offices above.

The test is set to kick off in the latter half of 2015, so here’s hoping that all goes well and a rollout to the rest of the country isn’t far off.

(via Mashable / Image via David Goehring)

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As the story goes, a barista found this cup during his shift. As in, some customer drew a wonderfully detailed map of Middle Earth on a Starbucks cup and just left it there. Seems a little suspect.

The Redditor behind the pics insists that he’s just a barista, and not part of the Starbucks marketing team—but that hardly matters. Starbucks should have officially worked this out for all the cups as part of a Hobbit-themed promotion.

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While Australia is famous for its surf, kangaroos and dangerous “nopes” (I’m looking at you, Sydney funnel-web spider), the land down under is also getting some attention thanks to Starbucks. The coffee chain recently debuted a strawberry cheesecake frappuccinos there, and it’s only available for a limited time.

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If you have a daily Starbucks habit, the idea of Starbucks for “life” probably sounds amazing. The company is giving away that prize (life equals 30 years) and all you have to do to enter is to pay with your Starbucks card or mobile app and enter the code from your receipt at starbucks.com/play. You could win one of 482,000 instant prizes; a total of 14 people are eligible to win the grand prize. You can enter every day through January 5th.

If you win, you’ll be able to get a single food or beverage item for free each day for the next 30 years. Plus, you’ll get a swanky Starbucks card in 10K hammered gold with your name engraved on the front.

Watch Starbucks’ video after the break.

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Cartoonist Josh Hara is turning his daily cup of Joe into a work of art by sketching pictures on the back of Starbucks coffee cups. They all come with a punchline, many coffee-based, and are really impressive. He’s even done some that involve more than one cup to create the scene, like a line of evolving cavemen. He told Mashable:

I think that if I was just sharing cartoons on a flat piece of paper, people wouldn’t be enjoying them as much as they have been. I think there is some extra interest in taking something we see every day, something that often gets thrown into the trash, and transforming it into a piece of artwork.

See more examples of his work after the break.

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Fans of Starbucks’ eggnog lattes don’t have to fret any longer: after hearing from many customers who were unhappy that Starbucks dropped the holiday beverage, they’re trying to make amends. USA Today reports that Starbucks spokeswoman Linda Mills said, “We made a mistake. We are very sorry.”

They’re aiming to have eggnog lattes back in all stores by November 17. They just have to get enough eggnog from suppliers.

Whew. National crisis averted.

(via Consumerist)

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Starbucks has an officially sanctioned “secret” drink for Halloween: a Franken Frappuccino! “Secret” being kind of a misnomer since it’s officially sanctioned and there’s signage. So not really secret at all.

The frosty beverage is only available through October 31st, and according to Starbucks Melody, this is how it’s made:

Start with a green tea Frappuccino
Add java chips
Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Don’t be surprised if the cashier and barista can’t stop themselves from cringing if you order one.

(via Eater, photo by Jade Evans)

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We all have our go-to drinks at Starbucks, so the same would likely be true of some of our favorite authors. The Literary Starbucks tumblr imagines what some of those writers would order on their quest for a little caffeine jolt. It’s not just the beverage that they envision, but the whole process from start to finish. Poor Tolkien throws a tantrum over his coffee and storms out of the shop, which seems just about right.

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Starbucks announced the release of a new seasonal drink to kick off the holiday season: the chestnut praline latte. This festive drink, which is the coffee chain’s first holiday beverage in five years, will make its official debut nationwide on Nov. 12.

So, will this chestnut-flavored cup of joe finally take down the pumpkin spice latte as the top seasonal Starbucks beverage? Maybe, though the new latte will have to deal with competition from other Starbucks winter standbys like the gingerbread latte and the peppermint mocha latte. The whole seasonal drink trend might be partially due to the dip in foot traffic for Starbucks, as noted in a statement by CEO Howard Schultz.

Holiday 2013 witnessed a seismic shift in consumer behavior in which many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a decline in foot traffic compared to significant growth in online shopping… Since that time, we have been focused on radically redefining the Starbucks retail experience for our partners, customers and stores.

Ok, so they’re trying to lure us back with caffeinated holiday cheer. I’m on to you, Starbucks. You can’t buy my loyalty with chestnut praline, peppermint and pumpkin spice. Unless you combine those flavors? Try it. See what happens.

(via Mashable / Image via Esparta Palma)