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Life Hack Your Way To Caffeinated Happiness With These Secrets From Starbucks Employees

Break out these secrets from Starbucks employees and/or customers for your next visit. There's a lot more to your Starbucks experience than meets the eye, and these people are here to tell you where to look for next time. 

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19 Real-Life Dystopian Images Straight out of an Orwellian Nightmare

Here are some frightening examples of brands sinking deeper into everyday life, rewritten history and creeping cynicism in a changing world. Really makes you feel like pretty soon we'll all be working for the same corporation for 16 hours a day. Yikes.

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trending starbucks news what latte costs 30 countries infographic
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The good people over at Thrillist have put together an awesome infographic of what a Starbucks Grande Latte costs in 30 different Countries.

According to the site, "*All prices were calculated using the US exchange rate on February 19th, 2016."

Looks like the folks at the Rio Olympics got a hell of a deal!



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You can (pumpkin) spice up your life by chatting directly with a PSL Bot on Facebook Messenger.



Despite attempts, the bot stays kinda boring and clean and pretty stupid, but it was still fun to see what it threw out at me throughout the convo:





#BASICPRIDE

image starbucks pink People Really Love This Pink Drink From Starbucks' "Secret Menu"
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This is a strawberry Refresher but instead of using water, you're supposed to ask for coconut milk. That's what makes this drink look like Pepto Bismol. It's getting incredibly popular and driving baristas crazy. 

Does it live up to the hype? Opinions are pretty mixed. 

via @alyssamaaarie@Sta_SoAmazing

According to a person who works there, it's pretty good but simply not worth the trouble. 

via @LinaaVadette

goats escape starbucks This Goat Popped Into Starbucks for a Quick Pick-Me-Up After Making His Grande Escape
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When this goat escaped she decided to stop by Starbucks for a quick energy boost. The police department who posted these pictures were searching for the owner and had this to say:

Missing a goat?

Imagine our dispatcher's surprise when she received a couple of calls early this morning advising there was a goat roaming around Wolf Den Plaza... more specifically, the goat apparently needed a caffeine fix and had wandered INTO the Wolf Den Starbucks.

The on duty sergeant promptly responded, took the goat into custody, and transported him to the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. We're sure the Animal Shelter supervisor will be thrilled to find a goat in a dog's crate when she arrives to work!

 

Of course, Facebook commenters made jokes about it:



But eventually she was reunited with her owner. 

starbucks wine food Starbucks Japan Is Introducing Frozen 'Wine Fragginos' to Their Evening Menu
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Starbucks in Japan is introducing their first cocktail to "Starbucks Evenings" a special menu that some Starbucks stores have that provides beer, wine and fancy snacks after four PM. 


via @37sanap

This new frozen drink is called the 'Wine Fraggino'. It's basically a Frappucino but instead of coffee (or anything else besides the ice...), it uses blueberry wine from Hokkaido. 

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This is it. We've reached peak "War on Christmas," and it isn't even December.

GOP presidential contender and deflated kickball Donald Trump is suggesting that people boycott Starbucks because of the recent controversy over their new snowflake-less Christmas coffee cups.

You see, this year Starbucks opted for a plain red coffee cup instead of a design that featured snowflakes and Christmas trees.

Some Christians are mad about this, and have started telling baristas that their name is "Merry Christmas" to force the employee to say it out loud.

Sensing some way to inject his personal brand of horrible into the conversation, Trump called for a boycott of the company at a recent rally.

"Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks. No more. I wouldn't buy. Hey, look! I'm speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Tump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks—I don't know."

Merry Christmas and happy election cycle!

WTF of The Day: Some Christians Are Upset Because Starbucks Christmas Cups Don't Have Snowflakes
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Starbucks has just entered the "War on Christmas" with one bold, unthinkable move—having a red Christmas cup?

That's right. Some Christians are upset because the Starbucks Christmas cup for this year is plain red instead of decorated with snowflakes or Christmas trees.

As a form of protest, people have started using the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks to spread the message of outrage.

And some people are saying their name is "Merry Christmas" at Starbucks so the barista has to write it on their red cup.

Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus ... SO I PRANKED THEM ... and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein

Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content, had this to say about the cups:

"In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."

"Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays," he said. "We're embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It's more open way to usher in the holiday."

It definitely sounds like Starbucks is out to destroy Christmas. eye roll

Backlash of The Day: Was This Starbuck's Barista's Flirty Message on A Cup Inappropriate?
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You gotta watch out for those Starbucks lovers.

Laura Roberts, a 19-year-old customer at Starbucks in London, received a rather flirty (and cheesy) message on her coffee cup from a male barista.

The unidentified employee scratched out the hot coffee warning and left this message: "Careful you're extremely hot" with an arrow and smily face.

Calm down, lover boy!

The thing is Roberts is engaged and her mom has Facebook—both big problems. Her mom posted a photo of the cup on the Sh*t London Facebook page.

The post received tons of backlash and angry comments, but Roberts is choosing to not identify the barista.

"It's my local Starbucks and he's lovely," she told MailOnline. "He always does it."

"That day I sent a picture of the cup to my mum, because she lives quite far away and she put the picture on Facebook."

Moral of the story: Keep mom off Facebook.

Beetus of the Day: Get The Pumpkin Spice Latte Before Anyone Else With This Code Word
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It's "Pumpkin." That's the password.

Get it? Eh, eh?

In case you didn't understand, Starbucks put together this cute image for you to remember it by. Starbucks—what would we ever do without you?

All kidding aside, if you are #basiq and want to try the pumpkin spice latte before everyone else—go here.

Just enter the super secret password we mentioned above and Starbucks will text a special PSL pass to your phone.

Then you can take your sugary treat, wrap up in your Snuggie and sweat to death on your couch because it is still basically summer. You could also try this at the Starbucks counter...

Pumpkin spice m&ms try to be your Starbucks replacement
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Hey, we know it's still summer, but we have to talk about pumpkin spice.

In just a few short weeks, you will be able to stroll into your nearest Starbucks, wearing your recently un-closeted cardigan, and order as many pumpkin spice lattes that will fit into your gloved hands. Then you can grab pumpkin muffins, pumpkin chapstick and then some pumpkin-scented nose hair trimmers.

Well M&Ms want to join that seasonal trend and they've introduced a pumpkin spiced flavor of their own Aug. 26.



The announcement made people so skeptical that Snopes had to step in and verify that they were, in fact, real.

If you want them, however, People says that you can only find them at Target.

And for a limited time no less.

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To encourage discussions about race relations in the United States, Starbucks has asked its baristas to write #RaceTogether on coffee cups and engage in serious conversations with customers.

Turns out that’s the last thing people a bunch of disgruntled people want first thing in the morning while waiting for their first jolt of caffeine.

CEO Howard Schultz describes the initiative as “an opportunity to begin to re-examine how we can create a more empathetic and inclusive society – one conversation at a time.”

He organized an internal meeting back in December in which employees shared stories and discussed all the recent shootings and events which inspired protests and riots from Ferguson to New York.

The company held similar forums around the country over the past few months, and now they’ve decided to extend this initiative out to their customers through the “Race Together” initiative.

Despite all the good intentions behind the campaign, it has turned into somewhat of a joke on Twitter.

After the backlash, Starbucks’ senior vice president of communications, Corey duBrowa, eventually deleted his Twitter account, which is not a good sign.

“I was personally attacked through my Twitter account around midnight last night and the tweets represented a distraction from the respectful conversation we are trying to start around Race Together,” he told Business Insider.

Here are some of the responses on Twitter that Starbucks likely did not see coming:

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Via the Daily Coffee Club

If you like coffee and beer, maybe this new Starbucks drink is worth a shot! Starbucks is testing what they've named the Dark Barrel Latte, a drink made with espresso and a chocolaty stout flavor and topped with whipped cream and a dark caramel drizzle. While there's no alcohol actually in the drink, many are insisting that it tastes a lot like beer.

Starbucks already sells beer and wine at some of their stores in the evening, and this fun new blend might be a good way to bridge the gap between the coffee lovers and the beer & wine enthusiasts. Many of the company's customers love trying new things and unique flavor pairings, so for now they're testing this drink to see if it has the potential to become more widely available.