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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.

See more of our favorite examples after the break.

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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)

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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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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)