December 11, 2013

Starbucks Is Coming to a Train Near You

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Looking for more ways to take over the entire coffee market, Starbucks and a swiss based company have created the first Starbucks store on a train. The first official voyage for the Starbucks train took place on the train line running from Geneva Airport to St.Gallen in Switzerland on November 21 at 06:36am.

  • The exterior of the sleek red and white car is branded with Starbucks siren logo on both sides including ‘Starbucks’ text. 
  • Inside, the experience on the car is split between two levels. The two levels provide seating for a total of 50 people.
  • On the entry level, the baristas will serve passengers from behind a curved wooden bar that also features a small pastry case. 

It’s quite a feat to create the same exact experience of Starbucks on a train, but we think the Swiss are up to the challenge. It would be amazing to have such cars on our commuter trains stateside, and maybe if enough US travelers experience something unique when in Europe some of these ideas may come to us over time.

At All Aboard the First Starbucks on a Train with SBB

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September 24, 2013

Starbucks Coffee Caramel and Vanilla K-Cups - Perfect for Fall

Starbucks Coffee Caramel Vanilla K Cups

Fall is officially here as of Sunday, and we're celebrating it by drinking Starbucks Coffee Caramel and Vanilla K-Cups. We received a box of each of the K-Cups (thanks Starbucks) in honor of the first official day of fall (September 22), and we've been drinking them since Sunday enjoying every sip. Details on how you can win a set of these K-Cups after the jump...

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September 20, 2013

Teavana Masala Chai Tea Pods and Anniversary Blend Coffee Pods from Starbucks

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If you're the proud owner of a Starbucks Verismo single serve coffee and tea brewer you're going to need to sit down. Starbucks has released Teavana Masala Chai Tea Pods and Anniversary Blend Coffee Pods  for your Verismo System. More variety is just what Verismo owners have been wanting and now this fall and at our online store are two signature flavor favorites that will now be available for the Verismo System.

  • Anniversary Blend. The fabulous spicy blend was made famous in Starbucks 25th year. The Anniversary Blend signature flavors of rare Aged Sumatra awakened by a dark roast provides a bold and robust flavor that is a one of a kind. Starting in September, you will find Anniversary Blend Verismo Pods in participating stores. This seasonal offering will remain in stores carrying the Verismo System while supplies last--so don't miss it.
  • Teavana Masala Chai tea pods - A robust blend of sweetened black tea and rich spices'. For a lovely cup of chai tea, brew it straight up with hot water. Or combine it with a milk pod for a chai tea latte that is sweet, spicy, and delicious. The new Teavana Masala Chai tea pods are part of our permanent line up of Verismo pods, so they're here to stay! 
It's nice to see a continued commitment to the Verismo system from Starbucks. We look forward to trying out these new coffee and tea pods.

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September 12, 2013

Starbucks Anniversary Blend K-Cups 2013 Now at Target and Online

Starbucks Anniversary Blend K Cups

AB has found one of our favorite K-Cups while shopping at Target today. Over at the Starbucks counter he found Starbucks Anniversary Blend K-Cup Packs for $14.99 for a 12 cup box. If you've never had Starbucks Anniversary blend it's a complex, full-bodied coffee blend with spicy flavor notes. Starbucks recommends enjoying a cup with a bowl of buttery popcorn and a flip through the photo album. We recommend enjoying it any time.

You can currently get the Starbucks Anniversary blend at Target, online at, and we can imagine Starbucks might be smart enough to celebrate their anniversary by having it in their cafes. Wherever you decided to purchase it you will be happy with this amazing dark rich coffee that's only out once in a great while. Starbucks Anniversary K-Cups will work in any Keurig K-Cup Brewers.

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August 30, 2013

Starbucks Discoveries Iced Beverages

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If you're looking to discover your favorite iced Starbucks beverage at your local grocer (AB spotted these at Target) conveniently packed into a 50.7 Fl Oz. bottle then look no further than Starbucks Discoveries. Your favorite Starbucks iced beverages have been thoughtfully crafted and freshly chilled for you to enjoy at home.

Starucks Disdoveries come in the following flavors:

  • Starbucks Discoveries-Caffe Mocha 
  • Starbucks Discoveries-Caramel Macchiato 
  • Starbucks Discoveries-Vanilla Latte   

Each serving is only 120 calories, and they run about $4.99 for 50.7 Fl Oz. - which if drank in one setting will most likely cause a major brain and kidney freeze.

Update: Check out the full review of Starbucks Discoveries at SSE.

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August 5, 2013

Starbucks Coffee Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups


AB has spotted some new K-Cup offerings at Target from Starbucks. Starbucks is offering Vanilla and Caramel K-Cups for Keurig K-Cup Brewers and they'll set you back $12.00 for 16 cups. We've seen Dunkin' Donuts also offer a Caramel flavored K-Cup, and we're not sure what to expect except sweetness. We have sampled the Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla Cream and thought it was okay, but not something we would want as a daily drinker.  

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July 31, 2013

Starbucks Iced Single Serve Coffee K-Cup Drinks

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Looking for a few iced coffee drink recipes to use with your Keurig K-Cup brewer? Look no further than Starbucks K-Cups a little bit of syrup and milk. Starbucks has provided two recipes - Vanilla Iced Coffee with Milk and Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee and both recipes can be made using K-Cups.

  • Vanilla Iced Coffee with Milk
    • Pour ¼ cup of 2% milk into a large glass 
    • Mix in 2 tbsp. Starbucks® Vanilla Syrup 
    • Brew one Starbucks Pike Place Roast K-Cup® on the 4 oz. setting 
    • Add coffee to glass and stir Add 1½ cups of ice
  • Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee
    • Add 2 tbsp. of sweetened condensed milk to a large glass 
    • Brew one Starbucks® Sumatra K-Cup on the 4 oz. setting 
    • Add coffee to glass and stir Add 1½ cups of ice"


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May 21, 2013

Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee in Strategic Long Term Relationship

Green Mountain and Starbucks

It's nice to see that your coffee parents aren't getting divorced, and it looks like Starbucks and Green Mountain are going the distance with their single serve coffee business relationship. Starbucks hopes to triple the number of SKUs they have with single serve coffee packs - including K-Cups and VUE packs. So far the two of them have shipped 850 million Starbucks K-Cups, and they hope to do this for a minimum of another 5 years. Congrats Mom and Dad coffee and we hope you two continue to rock out the hits for all of us in the single serve coffee world. Full release after the jump.

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April 11, 2013

Starbucks Launches More Iced Coffee Beverages

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Over at Bevnet we'll see four new iced coffee drinks before the end of the month. The line of iced coffee beverages will be available at select grocery retailers in Boston, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia. The company will continue roll out the new iced coffees nationwide over the next three months, and the products will be available across the country by the end of April. Given how things are heating up already this Spring, these iced beverages should be a cooling force for the Summer months ahead.

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March 18, 2013

Review: Starbucks Tribute Blend K-Cups

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Each year, one of the fan favorite coffees from Starbucks which most people look forward to would have to be Starbucks Tribute Blend. It was originally released as a limited edition but there was so much demand that Starbucks decided to add it as a regular yearly seasonal coffee much to everyone's delight. Culled from a blend of coffees from several different growing regions, Tribute Blend is a blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran, Colombian & Papua New Guinea coffees which come together to form a balance of fruity, spicy, nutty & herbal notes paired with Starbucks signature smoky taste & aroma. 

Unlike previous seasonal K-Cup flavors, Starbucks decided to move away from flashy foil designs and have gone back to plain painted designs instead. We get the usual silver Starbucks logo paired with this year's angular abstract background design. As with some of their recent seasonal K-Cups, they've also decided to include the "vintage year" of 2013 on the packaging & lid. Something which sort of ads collectability if you're someone who prefers to stockpile your K-Cup stash vs. blowing through them all at once. To be honest, we didn't even think we'd see Tribute Blend K-Cups this year since our local shop only had small half-pound bags of whole beans available for the first week of March and these K-Cups only appeared within the past few days. Needless to say we're glad Starbucks decided to continue releasing their seasonal coffees in K-Cup format and look forward to more releases over the coming month.

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