Apparently, Hong Kong’s central Hong Kong Starbucks branch has used toilet water in coffee preparation since it opened two years ago.
According to Apple Daily, a staffer would push a cart into a men’s restroom in a nearby parking garage, fill it will water, and then push the cart back to Starbucks, where the “toilet water” would be then filtered. This would happen up to seventy times a day. The bathroom faucet was used because there was no nearby water source.
Ben Cowling, associate professor from the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, said that filtering the water should remove harmful bacteria, but that a purifier would be needed to remove the smaller-sized viruses that could be present in the water.
In the wake of the report, Starbucks Hong Kong issued the following statement: “Please kindly accept our apologies for the concerns raised by the coverage on the water source at the Bank of China Tower store. While the water used at that store was drinking water and certified as safe, we would like to clarify any misperceptions, as quality and safety have always been our top priority. We are now using distilled water to serve that store while we work with all parties on acceptable options.”
Based on how expensive Starbucks’ drinks are, you’d expect that reaching the $50 mark would be pretty easy – but in fact it required quite a bit of effort.
Beau Chevassus resolved to order the most expensive coffee drink in the world, so he went to Starbucks and ordered a 48-shot Frappuccino with every single revolting additive, had it blended and drank at least one slurp of it. Total cost was $47.30.
Hit the jump to marvel at the process. The unenthusiastic sip at the end doesn’t give me any hope that the flavor was worth it.
[click to continue…]
In an effort to keep people from generating so much trash, Starbucks is introducing reusuable plastic cups at all its company-owned stores in the USA and Canada. The cups will cost $1 each, but will earn customers a 10 cent discount every time they bring it back for a refill.
Although the company has offered plastic cups for awhile, they expect the lower price will bring about the change they are looking for. The cheaper cups are currently being test-marketed in 600 Pacific Northwest stores, leading to a 26% increase in use over the previous year. According to Starbucks rep Jim Hanna, the cups have interior lines to denote a “tall” or “grande” size and will be cleaned by employees using a boiling-water rinse before each refill.
You could say that Boba Fett has sold out with his new gig as a Disney Starbucks barista. They even put him in a festive little Santa hat. Personally, I would say nothing because I know how fond he is of disintegrations and I’d like to live to drink my coffee another day.
(via The Mary Sue)
Starbucks is synonymous with the word “expensive” – therefore their ridiculous new gift card should come as no surprise. The card is made from steel and is loaded with $400, however, you’ll have to shell out an extra $50 for the card itself.
Only 5,000 cards will be made, and they will be distributed exclusively through Gilt.com. In an attempt to explain why people should spend $50 on a steel rectangle, the company’s executive VP came up with this:
“When you’re waiting in line at Starbucks, the next person in line won’t have it”
Sadly, that will probably be enough for some people to waste their money on this.
Product Page: (USAT via CC)
This season, Starbucks combines pumpkins and coffee in their newest offering: Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cream. Make your pumpkin pies and pumpkin ale extra special this year by scooping a huge dollop of this swirled coffee and pumpkin ice cream on top! Although I’m pretty sure that this ice cream is enough of a treat if you eat it alone.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cream will be available for a limited time starting November 1st until February next year for $3.99 a pint.
(TheDailyMeal via Foodbeast)
Just days after the great bacon panic of 2012, shortage terrors are striking Starbucks patrons. It turns out that their Pumpkin Spiced Latte is so popular that the chain is actually experiencing nationwide shortages of the syrup necessary to create the beverage. Needless to say, customers aren’t happy to be told that the drink isn’t available:
“I just left, depressed,” said one New York fan, while another tweeted, ”My world almost ended this morning when the local Starbucks told me they were out of Pumpkin Spice Latte.”
Starbucks says the shortages are due to infrequent deliveries and the fact that stores aren’t ordering enough. Somehow I doubt that explanation will fly with caffeine addicts who need a fall pumpkin spice fix.
(WSJ via TC)