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A Starbucks customer in Louisiana says that a barista added a little extra unwanted artistic detail to a recent order: she claims that she received two beverages with a pentagram and the number 666 drawn in caramel syrup.

I’m not too sure what the customer did to warrant the wraith of Satan and his legion of merciless caffeinated minions, but the woman apparently didn’t confront the store’s manager when she received the drinks. “I unfortunately can’t give the young man’s name who served it,” said the customer in a comment she left on the Starbucks’ Facebook wall, “because I was so appalled that I could not bring myself to look at him.”

A Starbucks representative later told The Daily Advertiser that the company apologized to her via social media. In a more formal statement, they added: “This obviously is not the type of experience we want to provide any of our customers, and is not representative of the customer service our partners provide to millions of customers every day.”

Apparently, Starbucks couldn’t identify the artist either. Also, despite not confronting the culprit on the spot, the woman later went on to make an official complaint, she says. The never-ending war between the forces of good and Satanic baristas rages on….

(The Daily Advertiser via The Consumerist)

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These mugs will always look like they’re full to the brim with either a caramel macchiato, latte, or Americano, but sadly it is only an illusion. They’re the design work of Japanese firm nendo and are a play on the idea that the glass is always half full. The illusion is created by painting the bottom of the mug to look like the top of the drink. Currently they’re only available in Japanese Starbucks locations with no word on whether they’ll be sold elsewhere.

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You’ve probably heard about them in passing, but much like unicorns and talking dogs, you’ve never actually seen one. I’m talking about, of course, those Starbucks that actually serve booze.

The company has been testing it out for the past few years, starting in 2010: Currently, only a few locations across the country serve alcohol. But Starbucks’ COO Troy Alstead mentioned in an interview with Bloomberg that the alcohol program (which features tasty snacks like bacon-wrapped dates paired with adult beverages such as Malbec and Chardonnay wines) has been successful so far. When locations start to offer the program, “there’s a meaningful increase in sales during that time of the day,” said Alstead.

Of the 11,000 Starbucks in the U.S., only 40 serve alcohol. Alstead is hoping to bring that number up to several thousand in the near future–but the COO cautions that it could take some time to expand the program effectively. Also, some Starbucks’ locations work better than others when it comes to serving booze (think areas with nightlife scenes, etc.), so if you’re hoping to score some vino at your local Starbucks sometime soon, you had better live in a happening part of town.

(via The Consumerist / Image via afagen)

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It’s easy to get carried away at Starbucks and turn you morning brew into something more like a dessert. For example, a Grande Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha it’s the same as drinking almost four cans of Coke.

This chart designed by Ryoko Itawa of I Love Coffee breaks down some of those crazy calorie counts, and might have you thinking twice about what you order next time.

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Yes, this is a real coffee shop that just opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood near Los Angeles over the weekend. As part of their aggressive viral marketing campaign, they serve exactly the same coffee you get in a Starbucks only with the word “dumb” added to your order. You can get Dumb Espresso and Dumb Frappuccino and any dumb coffee you choose. The owners claim that the shop is a work of “parody art” for legal reasons, but Starbucks doesn’t see it the same way:

“We are aware of the store — it is not affiliated with Starbucks. We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark.”

Best enjoy your dumb coffee quickly before some very smart lawyers send out a cease and desist.

UPDATE: As expected, Dumb Starbucks has been shut down—but not because of its name. Apparently, it was operating without a valid heath permit. However, the entire thing was little more than a publicity stunt perpetrated by Nathan Fielder, the star of the Comedy Central show Nathan For You. When asked if the network was aware of his stunt, Fielder told the L.A. Times “Oh, they do now.”

See a picture of the menu after the break along with a video of Fielder explaining the idea behind Dumb Starbucks.

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Starbuck has a spiffy new drink – a caramel flan latte. It doesn’t have any flan in it but apparently possesses flan-like flavors. Whatever. The important part is one store used Han and Leia’s famous exchange from The Empire Strikes Back to advertise the new drink. You put Han’s – I mean, Flan’s – face on a mug, I’ll buy whatever you put in it. Even flan-like flavored drinks.

(via @BLueJaigEyes)

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Poor Ian. You’d think his name would be easy to spell, but apparently the baristas at Starbucks just don’t get how letters work.

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A typical list of resolutions for the New Year includes getting more exercise, eating healthier, or quitting some vice. Blogger Beautiful Existence goes to extremes though, and in 2013 her goal was to eat all of her meals at Starbucks and its affiliates. All year long. And she blogged about it.

Starbucks does have breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fruits and veggies, parfait, and other options but man, that had to get boring. She admitted it was getting rough near the end and to bring her taste buds back to life, she had fried fish and chips for her first non-Starbucks meal in a year.

Besides being weird, the endeavor was expensive. She dropped around $500-$600 each month on her Starbucks food and drinks. Wow. Her next year-long challenge seems to be sponsored by REI and it involves learning 80 recreational sports. I think I’ll stick to my less exciting resolutions and goals.

(NYDN via Eater)

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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.

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