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Starbucks Canada Does Blossoming Peach Tea Latte For Lunar New Year

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Blooming tea is a type of Chinese tea made from dried flowers that “bloom” when steeped in water. They’re typically lighter in fragrance and taste and look best when poured from glass tea pots. Of course, Starbucks’ westernized rendition is nothing like that at all, but at least it probably tastes good?

According to Brand Eating, Starbucks’ Blossoming Peach Tea Latte is based on a similar drink from Starbucks China, and features earl grey, peach syrup, steamed milk, whipped cream, and peach blossom sugar crystals. It’s available at select locations in Canada’s bookends, Vancouver and Toronto, until February 16, in commemoration of the Lunar New Year.

And to think, all we got was a measly new gift card, sigh.

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Starbucks Unveils $450 Rose Metal Gift Cards

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Since endless peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes aren’t enough to satiate the masses, Starbucks will debut its second round of $450 metal gift cards.

Like last year’s batch of stainless steel glory, the new card comes pre-loaded with $400 and automatically gives you all the benefits of a Starbucks Gold Level membership (free refills on coffee and tea, among other perks). Every card is handmade from a rose metal base with rose-colored coating and features Starbucks lettering laser-etched on the front. The limited items will be packaged in blue gift boxes with letters explaining the card’s value.

Only 1000 cards will be sold on Friday, December 6, at noon ET on lux site Gilt.com. The move to offer a smaller crop this time around is part of Starbucks’ attempt to up the ante and provide “an even more limited offering.” Given that last year’s 5000 steel gift cards sold out in six minutes, we’re pretty sure the internet will break around lunchtime tomorrow. Bonne chance coffee fiends!

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Starbucks Lets You Buy People Coffee Over Twitter

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Here’s something social media geeks can totally get behind. Imagine you’re at a Starbucks, editing photos, writing blog posts, pretending to do all that while infinite scrolling on 9GAG or Tumblr, when in walks — no, couldn’t be — yes, it totally is! — your favorite photographer/writer/filmmaker/aspiring actor you always vaguely knew lived in your area, but never imagined you could actually meet in person! But wait, you don’t want to seem like just another random fanboy. Quick, tweet them a $5 gift card along with a slick message letting them know you’re there, you’re a huge fan, and you’re totally not a stalker. 

“@BettahThanYou4Evah Just a little something to get you through your day. BTW, you smell really nice. Love, Olive Cardigan Next To The Window.”

Nailed it.

Lifelong fantasies aside, Starbucks has just rolled out a new way to let customers send each other $5 e-gift cards over Twitter. It’s called “Tweet-A-Coffee,” and to get generous, all you need to do is sync your Starbucks and Twitter accounts, tweet “@tweetacoffee” TO the “@twitterhandle” of your lucky gift recipient, and wait for him or her to receive your little act of kindness on his or her smartphone.

 

Now, about here would be where I would shamelessly plug my own twitter (*cough, @satoriie, cough*), but I don’t have a smartphone so it probably wouldn’t help me much. We expect @MindyKaling and @twhiddleston are about to be super caffeinated, though.

H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Starbucks

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The Stainless Steel Starbucks Gift Card Now Selling for $1000 on eBay

An infographic showing the amount of money one would need to piss away to acquire the Steel Card; the extra Benji pushing it $1100 accounts for the price inflation that will likely occur in the hours before publication

Remember that limited edition, stainless steel Starbucks gift card? The one that cost $450, of which only $400 went towards gingerbread lattes and lemon squares? Now that all 5,000 are sold out, the card will now cost you upwards of $1000 on eBay. At the time of writing, there are cards available for the bargain-basement sums of $650 or $900 (only $250-$500 above its in-store value!); but if you search the listings for sold items, plenty of suckers out there forked over 4 figures for this hunk of metal purchasing power.

With a brand as ubiquitous and global as Starbucks, it isn’t a surprise that any item remotely desirable and in low supply associated with the place has garnered this much demand. My main issue with this card is that you’re paying so much money for a dumb slab of metal that is no more functional than its free plastic counterparts. Isn’t payment going digital? Shouldn’t a gift card that comes with $50 parts and labor surcharge connect to The Cloud and post your coffee purchases to Twitter and Facebook?

When Starbucks finally meets its demise, hopefully in our lifetime, I can’t wait to tell my descendants about the time its rabid fans enabled a secondary scalper’s market for a gift card.

via The Daily Meal