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The supposed world record for the most expensive drink possible at Starbucks was set this past weekend, and the resulting 128-ounce Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino came out to a grand total of $54.75.

That’s a lot of caffeine.

Andrew easily beat last year’s record, which was $47.30. As a Gold member of Starbucks’ loyalty program, Andrew is entitled to one free drink after every twelve he purchases. The only limitation is how patient a barista is willing to be when a program member decides to cook-up a complicated drink order. After watching last year’s quadringoctuple frap video involving a 48-shot drink, Andrew came up with a game plan. He wanted to create something that was both expensive and drinkable.

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I’d much rather have a Sherlocks every few blocks than a Starbucks. Wouldn’t you?

Check out more pictures of this reusable Sherlock coffee cup after the break.

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Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte, a Starbucks barista, transforms average Starbucks cups into brilliant works of art. He creates these intricately designed illustrations for people he’s served during his spare time. His cups are on display inside the Starbucks near the British Museum in London, and he receives daily requests from fans. Amazingly, his pieces sometimes take up to 40 hours to finish. In regards to why he does it, he told Metro: “I love seeing people’s reaction to my drawings. I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces.”

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While you might think this was created by the people at Starbucks, it’s the adorable and caffeine deprived creation of director Olivia Mowry and singer/actress Jené Nicole Johnson.

This Frozen parody was their entry into a film contest at Point Loma Nazarene University and I’m guessing they consumed a lot of coffee during the making of it.

It’s very cute. Except for the ending, which is soooooo sad.

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(Honest Slogans via Reddit)

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You know what’s not cool? Throwing a bunch of firecrackers into a Starbucks and scaring the ever living crap out of the poor people sitting inside the shop. That didn’t stop a Japanese guy named Nobu from doing exactly that and then streaming the whole thing online. He even had a friend with him, screaming through a bullhorn to compound the idiocy of it all.

And because committing a crime and streaming it online, with your faces clearly visible, is an act of brilliance, Tantei File is reporting that Nobu decided to turn himself in and his laptop has been confiscated by the police. This idiot also threw firecrackers into a train station and streamed that video, too.

Let’s hope the police stop this guy before someone gets hurt.

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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)