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Large companies have no problem sending out cease and desist letters to much smaller ones when they feel their trademarks are being infringed upon. These claims can be ridiculous, but usually the smaller company just removes the product in question and goes about their business. However, Exit 6 Pub and Brewery near St. Louis took a different approach.

They removed “Frappuccino” beer from their menu, sent Starbucks a check for the whopping $6 they made off the three beers they sold, and wrote a letter of apology. I kind of wish I lived in St. Louis now just so I could go buy a beer from this clearly awesome business.

Read the full letter after the break…

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Starbucks fans in Connecticut really got into the holiday spirit when 450 customers on Christmas day paid for the order of the next person in line. NBC Connecticut reports that the generosity kept on going over the next few days, as apparently a thousand more drive-thru Starbucks customers jumped in on the trend.

Baristas set up a rolling fund that extra “donations” went into, which the baristas used when someone approached a drive thru with no one behind them or they didn’t want to participate. One customer told NBC Connecticut that, “It means a lot people are still looking out for other people and being caring and bringing out the holiday spirit.”

The caffeine-fueled charity even jumped over to Michigan, where a 50-car chain of generous prepayers formed at a Starbucks near Detroit.

(NBC via Consumerist)

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A man walks into Starbucks, orders a drink, tells them his name is Spartacus and then sits down to wait for his drink.

If you’re a movie buff and you’re familiar with Kubrick’s 1960 film Spartacus, then you have some idea what is likely to happen.

So, yeah, the latest installment of “Movies In Real Life” by Improv Everywhere is pretty great. I’m a bit bummed out by the sort of paltry applause at the end because I’m pretty sure it means that many of the Starbucks patrons in this video haven’t seen the original.

Check it out after the break and, really, I am Spartacus.

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My fellow caffeine addicts will probably be on board with Starbucks’ new Black Friday package: You pop into your local Starbucks (or go online), pay $65 for a special stainless steel tumbler, and you get an entire month’s worth of espresso-based drinks (up to one per day). Yep, you heard me right–you get an entire month’s worth of espressos, macchiatos, lattes, americanos and more for only $65.

Ah, but here’s the catch: It’s available this Friday November 29th, 2013 only. Starbucks estimates that the value of the deal is around $140 (that’s including the tumbler and the drinks), but Brand Eating estimates that the value of the drinks alone comes out to around $124.

(Webwire via The Consumerist)

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Starbucks recently partnered with Swiss Train Company SSB to create the first mobile coffee store on a train. Starbucks converted a double-decker train into a sweet store on wheels (er, tracks?), and it runs exclusively in Switzerland on the route between the Geneva Airport and St. Fallen.

Check out the interior after the break…

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Coffee and computer fiends (because they really are one and the same, right?) will love this wacky coffee decal for the Apple 5W USB power adaptor, courtesy of Etsy seller creativedecalskin. It’s made with high grade case vinyl, and the adhesive backing is waterproof and extremely durable.

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We’ve all seen the desperate plea on social media from a friend: “Help, send caffeine.” Well, now you can do just that. As long as your friend is near a Starbucks, you can send them a gift card through Twitter and they can redeem it for glorious caffeinated life blood. All you need to do is connect your Starbucks and Twitter accounts and choose the recipient of the gift. I think it’s a fun way to send a little something to your friends and incredibly smart of Starbucks to figure it out.

(GS via Geekosystem)

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For many people, being able to order a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks means fall has arrived. The drink is the definition of cozy in a cup. However, if you want to try something different, you can order a drink that’s like Harry Potter’s butterbeer. You have to be willing to be a slightly obnoxious, specific drink orderer, but it’s possible. Blessed Elements came up with the combination so take note: Order a creme frappuccino base with whole milk, 3 pumps caramel syrup, 3 pumps toffee nut syrup and a caramel drizzle on top.

I need to try this immediately.

(Blessed Elements via Neatorama)