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Starbucks Gets Sued For Shortening Lattes

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Looks like Starbucks is in some hot water with a couple of latte enthusisats. Two Californian coffee lovers are suing the company for under-filling their lattes, according to Law 360.

Apparently, the foam that reaches the brim of the cup should not count towards being coffee.

Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles claim that regardless of cup size, their lattes are lacking actual latte by at least 25 percent every time they order.

According to the suit, while the milk goes to the rim sometimes:

In the food science community, as well as in the weights and measures community, foam is not measured on a volumetric basis.

They blame Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz for cutting costs and reducing the milk that goes into the hot beverage.Looks like he’s got a latte explain’ to do.

Strumlauf and Robles are currently seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Photo: Starbucks Facebook, h/t Law 360

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Cookie Butter Lattes FINALLY Replace The Pumpkin Spice Craze, Here’s Where To Find Them

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Here at the office, we’re HUGE fans of cookie butter. So imagine our delight when the wave off Pumpkin Spice food items have simmered down and brought for these new Cookie Butter options.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has released two new Cookie Butter drinks for the holiday season. The first is a Cookie Butter Ice Blended beverage that features brown sugar and gingerbread. Then, there’s the Cookie Butter Latte that is made with espresso, brown sugar, gingerbread and topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Along with the new Cookie Butter drinks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will also bring back other holiday favorites. This includes Winter Dream Tea Latte, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Red Velvet Hot Cocoa.

The drinks will be available through the holiday season.

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Panera Bread Removes Additives For Cleanest Pumpkin Spice Latte Yet

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Panera Bread has announced that they’ll be sporting a new Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall. Get this, it’s completely clean.

This means the PSL will feature no artificial ingredients, colors, or flavorings. Though, Panera says they haven’t had any of those since the chain first opened. However, they will remove artificial preservatives to make sure that everything in the new beverage is as clean as possible.

Panera’s PSL also features real pumpkins in the beverage. Along with the ‘clean’ version vegetarian and vegan versions will also be available to patrons.

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There’s A Super Mario Cafe Opening In Japan

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In honor of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Japan is opening a Mario-themed restaurant in Tokyo. However, unlike most novelty cafes, this one will only be around for a couple short weeks.

In a collaboration with Tower Records, the cafe will feature a variety of menu items inspired by the iconic video game. Among them are a Super Star Rice Omelet, Bowser’s Taco Rice, Ground Stage Waffle, Block Tiramisu, Princess Peach Panna Cotta, Piranha Plant Soda and a Mario Latte.

Sure it’s gimmicky, but some of these dishes look pretty delicious.

The pop-up will be being June 22 and will run through July 5. Anyone in the Tokyo area be sure to check it out, the next one might not happen for another 30 years.

 

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Scientists Discover Foam Discourages Drink Spillage

I love millennial scientists.

As much as I desperately want revolutionary battery life and cures for diseases, it’s always great when an experiment comes from a bar and Starbucks.

For Emilie Dressaire, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, inspiration came in the form of a latte, and for Alban Sauret, researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research, it was a Guinness.

Both, along with several colleagues, had noticed and were intrigued by the damping effect foam has on beverages and how that facilitates carrying them.

In a paper recently published by the American Institute of Physics and co-authored by François Boulogne, these researchers discovered that foam (from your latte or a stout) minimizes sloshing. By carefully adding one layer of foam at a time, they saw that five layers of foam (15mL or 3 teaspoons) correlated with less movement from the liquid beneath it by tenfold.

More foam didn’t have a significant effect on the liquid sloshing, nor did foam in the middle of the glass. The foam clinging to the sides of the glass are what dampens sharp movements from the liquid.

While this has larger implications for the way we transport substances like fuel, we’re more concerned with not spilling hot coffee all over ourselves and not looking like sloppy drunks on our third sixth eighth beer.

 

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Starbucks Offers a Buy One Get One Free on Holiday Drinks

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Who: Starbucks Coffee Company

What: Since drinks these days are so damn expensive, Starbucks is offering a buy one, get one free deal specifically for Holiday Drinks. This includes the Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brûlée Latte, Egg Nog Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Skinny Peppermint Mocha.

Customers can get a free drink of equal or lesser value to the one they initially purchased.

Where: The deal will be available at all participating Starbucks locations.

When: Begins Wednesday Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 16 from 2-5pm. Starbucks Rewards members will get an extended hour until 6pm.

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This Starbucks Mega Latte Contains 101 Shots of Espresso

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Why can’t we just leave well enough alone? Someone has to keep abusing the Starbucks Gold Reward loyalty program, coming up with some insane concoction to claim as their free drink that inevitably drives their Starbucks barista mad. The latest in the “most expensive Starbucks drinks ever” saga is a mega latte that boasts 101 shots of espresso.

Ordered in Florida, William Lewis brought his own 160 ounce mug for the big occasion, which took a measly ten cents off his overall total thanks to Starbucks’ bring your own cup discount. Unlike other uber lattes that go for the big ticket items like bananas to break the Starbucks record, Lewis ordered a grande latte with 99 extra shots of espresso. In case you were wondering, 101 shots of espresso turns out to be nearly 7,500 mg of caffeine. Because all that espresso would probably taste like crap on its own, Lewis added 17 pumps of vanilla syrup to sweeten it up a bit, bringing the drink’s grand total to $83.75.

Of course, you’d have to be pretty damn stupid to drink that much caffeine in one sitting, so Lewis split the mega latte up with three friends. Starbucks is none too pleased with the latest expensive ass drink quoting a policy that “drink creations should not be larger than 20 ounces for hot drinks”. We have to at least give the guy credit for sharing this monstrosity with his buddies.

H/T Eater

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This Is What Starbucks’ New Chestnut Praline Latte Looks Like

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If you’re already tired of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Starbucks has a new backup option for you to sip on: the Chestnut Praline Latte.

According to HuffPo, this will be Starbucks’ first new holiday drink in five years and they will be doing a national rollout November 12.

The new drink consists of espresso, steamed milk, and caramelized chestnut flavors and spices. It’s topped off with whipped cream and pieces of spiced praline crumbs.

The Chestnut Praline Latte was tested in a few locations last year, so cities such as Wichita, Omaha, Baltimore and Indianapolis have already had a chance to taste the festive flavor.

First Starbucks adjusted its tattoo policy, then it announced we’ll soon be able to order and pay through our phones. Now a new holiday flavor? They are just in a jubilant mood this holiday season.

 

A photo posted by serrendipity (@serrendipity) on

 

H/T HuffPo, PicThx Starbucks Melody