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Artist Soo Min Kim uses his artistic skills to transform the iconic Starbucks siren into all kinds of different characters. He starts with an existing cup, covers up everything but the siren’s face and uses a marker to transform the cup into a piece of art. He’s turned the siren into Darth Vader, various members of the Avengers, and Psy among others. His work definitely makes me look at Starbucks cups differently.

See more pics and see the artist at work after the break.

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starbucks everywhere

If I’m in a new city and need coffee, I often turn to a chain of some kind unless I have a recommendation from a trusted friend. That usually means Starbucks. Winter likes checking out the local Starbucks too, so much so that he’s visited 11,733 of their locations around the world. That’s a special kind of dedication. To the list of locations that is, not so much the coffee.

He told The Telegraph that he’s spent over $100,000 checking out the various locations, and it all started in 1997 because he wanted to try and complete something unique. At the time, there were only about 1,400 stores. Now? There are over 17,000. So many zeroes.

Apparently, he drinks an average of ten cups of coffee a day, and while Winter is still on his quest to conquer all the Starbucks, he prefers to get coffee from an independent shop. Basically, he’s not getting coffee from Starbucks unless it’s a location he’s never been to before.

“I respect Starbucks for its business sense, customer service and amenities including clean bathrooms and WiFi,” he told The Telegraph. “But unless I am checking a new store off my list, I would not go there for the coffee.”

(via Consumerist, photo via Starbucks Everywhere)

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These redone versions of the Starbucks mermaid come from redditor IHunt who got a little creative during his downtime at work. There’s Wolverine, Batgirl, and even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle all created out of just the mermaid logo and a black marker.

See more pictures after the break.

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The Starbucks location at CIA Headquarters serves coffee just like any other Starbucks, but there are certain things that are very different about this particular location. They call it the “Stealthy Starbucks” because, well, spies need to be all secret about where they are and what they’re drinking in between missions.

The receipts only say Store #1 without specifying where exactly it’s located at the CIA campus and employees not only have to go through special training, but they can’t even tell anyone where they work. You can’t use your rewards card for fear of it being used for nefarious purposes and no names are printed on the cups (not even aliases) to keep everyone’s identities secret.

Of course, we all know that Starbucks baristas can’t spell names, so the names on cups are basically encrypted anyway.

You can read more about Stealthy Starbucks at The Washington Post

(via Eater/Image via David Goehring)

dark barrel latte

If you like lattes and stout beers, Starbucks’ latest test product may appeal to you. They’ve made the Dark Barrel Latte available in select markets like Columbus, Ohio, and the drink features a flavored syrup that tastes like dark beers such as Guinness. The latte is completely non-alchoholic and topped with whipped cream and dark caramel sauce.

Some mixed feedback from Twitter after the break…

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You say your name clearly and slowly, yet still the Starbucks barista spells your name wrong. If you’re lucky, there’s a letter or two that’s actually in your name. What is wrong with those people? Watch this hilarious video and you’ll finally understand.

See the video after the break. Warning: NSFW Language.

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pumpkin spice

The Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the most popular flavored beverage on the planet. It even has its own Twitter account. The drink heralds the coming of fall (which seems to come earlier every year in terms of pumpkin spice creep), and this year, fall is coming to Starbucks beginning next Monday, August 25th. Only seven days away. I’m counting the hours.

Check out the official tweet (with animation) after the break…

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A new record has been set for the most expensive, single free Starbucks drink. The previous record, as we noted back in May, was a 128-ounce, $54 sexagintuple vanilla bean mocha frappuccino. The new record was set by a woman named Sameera, and she was able to come up with a drink that clocked in at a little over $60–a pretty incredible feat! After scanning her loyalty card the total came out to $57.75, which still snags the top prize.

Sameera went all out when she decided to claim the world record: she checked in with her local Starbucks beforehand, contacted local media outlets and she even brought some friends for support. She tells Consumerist:

“I waited ’till just before closing time so that I wouldn’t be inconveniencing the baristas while they’re attending to customers,” Sameera noted when she wrote in to the Consumerist. “They were really excited about making the drink as well, so that was pretty cool.”

However, Starbucks reached out to the Consumerist and noted that their official policy on the recent record-breaking drink trend is that it’s against the company’s policies to serve large, blended drinks “by the vat.” Apparently, a Frappuccino–which is what Sameera’s drink technically started as–can only be served in a container that’s no larger than 24-ounces. Their official statement is as follows:

With over 170,000 ways to customize beverages at Starbucks, we know that personalization is a big part of the Starbucks Experience for both our customers and our partners (employees), however this particular customization was excessive and something that we do not encourage. We want to ensure our customers receive the highest quality and most delicious tasting food or beverage products from us and, we don’t believe that this particular beverage choice was reflective of that.

Per our existing policy, beverages larger than Trenta size (31 oz.) cannot be made or served. This includes personal cups that exceed 31 oz (or a Trenta-sized cup). For blended beverages and espresso drinks, those cannot be made or served in sizes larger than a Venti (24 oz cold cup/20 oz hot cup).

Ah. Well, I guess Starbucks sure turned into a Debbie Downer of sorts. Is this the official end of the most-expensive-drink trend at Starbucks? Maybe, but I’m just waiting for someone to figure out another cool trend. It’s just a matter of time!

(via Consumerist)

Dany's coffee cup

Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen has an impressive (read: ridiculous) number of titles. Whenever she or Missandei rattles them all off it takes a full 30 seconds. So, just imagine if she went to Starbucks. She’d have to order a venti just to have room to fit everything.

(Not Katniss via Cheezburger)

bane the barista

(Vince Mancini via Neatorama)