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Starbucks Is FINALLY Testing Out Coffee Ice Cubes In Some Stores

Today I learned two things– #Starbucks #CoffeeIce is amazing, and I really like the #ToastedCoconutColdBrew

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You know what the worst part about iced coffee is, especially at places like Starbucks? The bucketload of ice that gets shoveled into your drink, diluting the coffee and lowering the flavor that you get as a result. At home, that’s easy to fix, since you can DIY some coffee ice cubes to keep the coffee taste strong.

Starbucks has apparently caught onto that, since they’re now testing coffee ice cubes out in some stores. According to Starbucks barista/Reddit user owlcitizen44, the ice already comes to coffee shops pre-made, and baristas just have to break it apart into chunks to put into coffee for each order. The coffee ice does also come with an 80 cent up-charge, apparently.

PopSugar did reach out to a Starbucks representative and confirmed that the coffee ice is being tested out in 100 locations in Baltimore and St. Louis for a limited time, and the coffee ice can be added to any espresso or brewed coffee beverage.

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Apparently, it does loads to help the flavor out, as the aforementioned Starbucks barista used them to make a white mocha frappuccino and described the taste as “stronger” and “a lot smoother.”

Looks like we have our first “secret menu” hack to try these coffee ice cubes out on if they eventually do make it out to all Starbucks stores nationwide.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Now Has Bottled Iced Coffee In Stores

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If you’re a huge fan of Dunkin’ Donuts and their iced coffee, brace yourselves.

The donut chain just announced that they teamed up with Coca-Cola and their bottling services to develop Dunkin’ Donuts Bottled Iced Coffee. This is their same coffee that you can get in stores, just now in bottled form.

The bottles will be available in thousands of retailers and Dunkin’ Donuts stores nationwide, and can be purchased in four different flavors – Original, Mocha, French Vanilla, and Espresso.

Each of the flavors totals in at 290 calories per bottle, and while the bottle does say iced coffee, they’re shelf-stable and can be purchased and/or consumed without sticking it in the fridge – if you’re down with room-temp milk coffee, that is.

Dunkin’ will definitely be taking a bite out of Starbucks’ share in the bottled iced coffee business, who have had iced coffee bottles in grocery stores and convenience stores for years already.

We’ll see how the new bottles stack up and perform against Starbucks’ bottles in the weeks to come.

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9 Starbucks Drinks That Are In The Under 100 Calorie Club

My first Starbucks experience involved a grande Caramel Frappuccino, as is the case for a lot of high schoolers. When you’re a teenager, you don’t really mind the 420 calories because you’ll probably burn it off playing a sport, or running to class the next day.

When high school’s over, though, and you’re an adult staring at that Starbucks menu, you’re probably looking for a pick-me-up that won’t go straight to your gut.

While there’s a lot of high calorie drinks filled with sugar, syrup, and whipped cream, there’s a solid amount of drinks that actually fall under 100 calories.

Stick to these drinks and you’ll be a little less guilty taking that sip of coffee or tea.

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Not only does the Cold Brew have fewer than 5 calories, it has zero grams of sugar. Even if you add a little bit of 2% milk, it only adds 25 calories, bringing you a total of 30 calories.

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Grande Iced Coffee

Their classic grande Iced Coffee, without anything added, is only 5 calories. Get it sweetened and it’s still only 80 calories, keeping it under the 100 calorie threshold.

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Grande Iced Caffè Americanoamericano

This is literally just espresso shots and water, adding up to 10 calories.

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Tall Iced Skinny Mocha

The bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, along with espresso and non-fat milk served over ice. 90 calories. You have to get a tall for this though, or else you’ll jump up to 120 calories in the grande size, which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.

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Starbucks Refreshers Beverages

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The Refreshers are a flavorful choice, as the Very Berry Hibiscus has 70 calories, Cool Lime has 60 calories, and Valencia Orange toes the line with 90 calories.

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Grande Doubleshot on Ice

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This one doubles as not only a low calorie option, at 90 with nonfat milk, but it’s one of the ultimate pick-me-ups, sporting 225 milligrams of caffeine.

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Grande Teavana Shaken Iced Teas

Their Teavana Passion Tango Tea, Black Tea , Peach Tea, and Green Tea all have  80 calories. Their Sweet Tea hits the 100 calorie mark, but we won’t tell anyone about those extra 20 calories.

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Tall Espresso Light Frappuccino

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There is an exception to the Frappuccino, but it doesn’t come easy. No syrups, or whipped cream added, just a straight up, tall Espresso Light Frap. Unlike its counterparts, this only has 80 calories, if you must have a Frappuccino in your life.

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Grande Teavana Mango Black Tea

Like the shaken iced teas, the Mango Black Tea also tops off at 80 calories. The teas seem to be some of the better low calorie options at the Bux.

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How Starbucks Is Fighting Back Against Shorted Latte Drinkers

A couple of months ago, we wrote about some pissed off latte lovers who sued Starbucks, claiming that the company was underfilling lattes.

Now, in order to get themselves out of hot water, Starbucks Corporation has filed, “a motion to transfer,” with the U.S. Judicial Panel Of Multidistrict Litigation, to have the cases heard in the company’s home state of Washington.

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In total, there are three different cases, with an additional case pending, involving customers accusing Starbucks of, “deceptive marketing practices, by misrepresenting the quality of made-to-order beverages in its cafes.

Additionally, the plaintiffs allege that Starbucks knowingly, “follows standardized recipes that result in the uniform under fillings of beverages,” according to a memo submitted by Starbucks Corporation filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation May 26.

Due to circumstances involving multiple states, California, Illinois and New York, and the similarity of accusations, Starbucks Corporation is requesting the cases be transferred to a Seattle, Wash. court — where the corporation is headquartered — which will help “… eliminate duplicative discovery,” and, “prevent inconsistent rulings,” according to the memo.

The overlaying consistency within each case, remains that customers accuse the coffee giant of using inadequate cup sizes that do not allow for the amount of coffee or other beverage as advertised.

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The cases in question

Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles v. Starbucks 

The two plantiffs Strumlauf and Robles, from Northern California, filed a lawsuit on March 16, 2016. They claim that the Starbucks sizes, 12 fl. oz. “Tall”, 16 fl.oz. “Grande” and 20 fl. oz. “Venti” falsely advertise how much liquid can be contained in the cup, and also allege that baristas have, “no discretion in determining how much of a given ingredient is used in a latte,” according to the memo. Starbucks has requested to dismiss the case, but a hearing is scheduled for June 1.

Stacy Pincus v. Starbucks 

Pincus, a resident of Illinois, filed legal action on April 27, 2016, over the claim that, “ALL COLD DRINKS ARE UNDER FILLED.”

The Pincus memo alleges all, “iced coffee, iced tea and blended specialty drinks,” as well as its, “shaken iced teas and shaken iced lemonades, Refreshers™ and Fizzio™ handcrafted sodas” are underfilled,” — and have been since 2006, according to documents.

Currently, Pincus case will be heard on June 21, 2016.

Brittany Crittenden v. Starbucks

Crittenden, a resident of New York, filed legal action against Starbucks on May 10, 2016, claiming that the company falsely advertises the exact amount of liquid each latte, mocha and espresso drinks contain. Crittenden is suing for an array of reasons, including, “negligent misrepresentation,” according to court documents.

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Now, as Starbucks prepares to defend itself against these steaming hot allegations, one thing is for sure, lawyers need to wake up and smell the coffee.

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FREAKOUT: OREOS Iced Coffee Now Available At Dunkin’ Donuts

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As a way for customers to cool off this summer, Dunkin’ Donuts is releasing new ice coffee drinks at all its locations across the US. The new beverages will feature flavors from popular cookie brands Oreos and Chips Ahoy!

The iced coffees are available in both Oreo and Chips Ahoy! flavors. Because who wouldn’t want to drink Oreo-flavored ice coffees for breakfast? Though sadly these aren’t topped with the sweet creme filling. Hey, maybe one day.

In addition to the coffees, Dunkin’ Donuts will also be bringing back the frozen Oreo Coolata with a new Chips Ahoy! flavor. Dunkin’ Donuts is also releasing two Chips Ahoy! topped donuts. The drinks are now offered at all participating locations.

 

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Starbucks Testing Cold Brew Coffee

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The coffee giant seems to be behind on the cold brew coffee craze, I mean, even Chick-Fil-A announced a nationwide rollout of their new iced coffee and they specialize in all things chicken.

For now, Starbucks is keeping their new cold brew on the down low offering it for a limited time in select Boston locations, but once they’re out for the day, they’re out. The small batch coffee is brewed for 24 hours in a Toddy cold brewer using single origin Ethiopian beans. Until Starbucks decides to debut the cold brew nationwide you can just make your own at home, the coffee chain sells the same Toddy cold brewer they’re using on their website.

The new cold brew coffee shouldn’t be confused with the iced coffee that the chain already offers. Cold brew coffee is brewed with room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time, usually about 12 or more hours, and results in a coffee concentrate with a sweeter flavor profile due to its lower acidity. Iced coffee is coffee that has been brewed in hot water then poured over ice, but, iced coffee can also mean cold brew coffee over ice. Got it? Yay, science!

With the heat waves here in SoCal and just our warm weather in general the cold brew coffee would probably do particularly well in our neck of the woods. You hear that Starbucks? Why not push the Pumpkin Spiced Latte launch a few weeks (because it’s not even Fall), and bring on the cold brew coffee.

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Chick-Fil-A Swaps Old, Unpopular Coffee with New, Fancy Brew

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While you’ve probably heard die-hards fawn over Chick-Fil-A’s chicken sandwiches, but you’ve never heard them say a word about Chick-Fil-A coffee.

Realizing they were losing out big time in the breakfast market, the fast food chain announced that they will replace their old brew with Thrive Farmers’ “speciality-grade coffee” and add iced coffee to the lineup. The regular coffee blend features a hint of caramel, cocoa and a light citrus finish. The “hand-crafted” iced coffee will come in original and vanilla flavors, with the choice of having it poured in a 16 ounce ($2.29) and 20 ounce ($2.59) cup.

According to a press release, the move comes as a response to Chick-Fil-A customers calling for a “better cup of coffee.”

If you’re a regular Joe like me, all coffee is the same, but to coffee connoisseurs, judge for yourself and get your Will Farrell on.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils First-Ever Coffee Flavored Donuts

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I always thought coffee and donuts were a television myth like high schools with indoor lockers or crashing into bushes when learning to ride a bike. Then I actually tried the two together and instantly fell in love. Who knew? For anyone that enjoys a nice up of coffee to go with their morning donut, Dunkin’ Donuts is releasing their first-ever creme donuts that’s made with their own coffee recipe. The two new flavors include Glazed Coffee Kreme Donut and the Coffee, Creme & Sugar Donut.

The Glazed Coffee Creme donut is made with a glazed yeast shell and filled with coffee buttercream. It’s topped with a drizzle of chocolate icing. The Coffee, Creme & Sugar Donut is also made with a glazed yeast shell and stuffed with coffee butter creme and topped with powdered sugar. The two donuts will only be available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

The donut chain is also launching two new flavor options for coffee beverages in the form of swirls. Swirls are essentially flavor shots that customers can add to customize their coffee orders. The two choices are French Vanilla and Hazelnut.

Now if only they made donut-flavored coffee…wait, they WHAT?!