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Starbucks’ Holiday Menu Includes a New Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

It’s Red Cup Season! And with that comes Starbucks’ new Holiday menu. The highlight of the lineup is the new Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, which joins returning fan favorites and new holiday cups.

The Ice Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte is Starbuck’s first-ever non-dairy coffee option for the holidays. This cozy new offering is made up of Sugar Cookie-flavored syrup blended with Starbucks Blonde Espresso, ice, and creamy almondmilk, which is then crowned with festive-colored cookie sprinkles

The holiday drinks that will be making a return are the Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Irish Cream Cold Brew.

Treats are a highlight of the new seasonal menu as well, featuring a new Reindeer Cake Pop, Sugar Plum Danish, Cranberry Bliss Bar and Snowman Cookie.

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Detroit Lions Coach Dan Campbell’s Starbucks Order Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

Between declaring that his players will bite a knee cap off and wanting a pet lion be present during team practices, the Detroit Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell has been a lightning rod for eyebrow-raising quotes this past year. However, him recently sharing his daily order at Starbucks might give us some insight on why he’s wired to say such outlandish things. Key word, wired.

“I’ll get two Venti, of the Pike, with two shots in it. That’s what I come in with, that’s how I start my day.”

While a Venti is only 20-ounces, instead of the 40 claimed in the Tweet above, an added total of 12-ounces of espresso shots makes for 52-ounces of jet fuel coursing through this man’s veins. That might explain the whole pet lion thing and his appetite for kneecaps.

Will this heart-stopping order become the next Starbucks craze? They could very well capitalize on it, call it The Lion Tamer or something.

But then again, the coffee chain could likely catch a case once that dark roast gasoline catches a body.

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Starbucks Japan Debuting 47 New Frappuccinos to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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Starbucks Japan is turning 25 this year and they’re celebrating it in a big way by debuting 47 new Frappucinos, one for every prefecture in the country.

The promotion is dubbed “47 Jimoto Frappuccino,” with “jimoto” translating as “local”. Each of the 47 special flavors draw on distinct ingredients unique to each of the prefectures.

With an occasion this momentous, Starbucks Japan made sure that all 47 of these Jimoto Frappuccinos are dynamic and lively celebrations in a cup. Such visually arresting drinks include the Kanagawa Frappuccino which uses butterfly pea tea syrup to embody the seaside prefecture, and the Hokkaido Frappuccino, which uses a white base of milk and sugar cane to create the prefecture’s distinct ski slopes.

The celebration will last from June 30th to August 3rd, with each drink costing ¥669 JPY (approximately $6 USD). Each unique Frappuccino can only be purchased at its respective prefecture, so make sure to refer to the full offering of beverages by heading over to Starbucks Japan’s website.

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Starbucks Confirms Ingredient Shortage Currently Keeping Some Items Out Of Stock

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Over the past couple of weeks, videos have been circulating on TikTok reporting that Starbucks locations are suffering supply shortages. Many are unable to sell upwards of a couple dozen items, scaling back the typically broad menu of beverages and treats the coffee colossus has to offer.


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Many of these happen to be flavors like Guava or Peach, but also extend to plant-based dairy options like oat milk, food items like breakfast sandwiches, and even packaging like venti cups.


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Foodbeast looked at a couple of Starbucks locations in Southern California, and found the claims on TikTok to match up. The most affected items seem to be some fruit flavors (ie. guava) as well as milk options like oatmilk. No one single category on the Starbucks menu was completely out of items, however.

Starbucks all but confirmed the shortages in a push notification sent to Starbucks app users. The chain cited “current supply shortages” and noted that some items might be out of stock as a result.

Many commodities in the United States, including boba and even Grape Nuts at one point, have had shortages in supply thanks to shipping constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of it stems from industry-wide practices to only keep as much inventory on hand as needed. Called “Just In Time” inventory processing, the tactic has harshly limited availability as shipping backlogs cause warehouses that didn’t stock up beforehand to run out of stock.

It has taken a while to see the effects on some industries, but it’s been a growing and repeating pattern for 2021.

There’s no clear timetable on when these shortages will end yet, but for now, if your favorite drink is missing from the Starbucks menu, it might be time to try something different.

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Starbucks Adds Oatly Oat Milk To Menus Nationwide

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Since before its proliferation across the country, oatmilk has been regarded as one of the top tier dairy substitutes. It can parallel milk on consistency and creaminess, but also doesn’t mask too many of the flavors you infuse into it.

With the craze oatmilk has garnered across the US, it was only a matter of time until major chains added it. Starbucks has officially hopped onto the hype train and teamed with top oatmilk brand Oatly to bring the plant-based alternative nationwide.

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Oatly will be available as a milk alternative for any of Starbucks’ coffee options, but also comes with its own special drinks. New to Starbucks’ menu is the Honey Oatmilk Latte, as well as an Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso.

The new addition marks the 4th plant-based milk Starbucks has added to its menu, and the first its incorporated since 2016, when almond milk joined the ranks.

For the oatmilk industry, this marks the second major coffee brand to have added oat-based dairy into their arsenal. Dunkin’ teamed up with Planet Oat in the summer of 2020 to create their own national lineup of oatmilk beverages.

Plant-based milk will continue to grow in popularity as places like Starbucks add these options, meaning that folks who can’t have dairy or are vegan will find their lifestyles more accessible and affordable. The only question remaining is what plant milk will be the next craze.

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Starbucks Becomes First Major Chain To Include Star Fruit On Their Menu

Also known as the carambola, star fruit has long been a favorite to incorporate in both sweet and savory dishes in various parts of the world. Native to Southeast Asia, you can find it in juices, stewed into desserts, or even steamed alongside fish.

Starbucks is now taking this fruit and converting it into a set of drinks that just joined their permanent menu.

Photo courtesy of Starbucks, star fruit imagery from Marco Verch // Flickr, CC 2.0.

The new Kiwi Starfruit Refresher incorporates star fruit flavored juice and kiwi pieces, serving them over ice. There’s also a “Star Drink” form that adds coconut milk, akin to the previously viral Pink Drink.

In the United States, the star fruit is already quite popular in south Florida, where it’s become a commonly cultivated tree. For those who have never tried them, they have a slightly sweet taste with some hints of tartness and sourness.

The launch of these new drinks makes Starbucks the first major chain to add star fruit to a nationwide menu.

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Stunning Starbucks Tokyo Shop Features Office-Style Design

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I’ve spent a third of my workdays writing from various Starbucks locations throughout Southern California for the past decade, and there will definitely be times where it’s tough to focus.

Between the morning rush, high school youths ordering their daily Frappucinos at 3:05 pm, or that one individual who takes up an entire table to charge all their electronics with a power strip can often make it difficult to concentrate.

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A Starbucks Location in Tokyo just opened that is a dream workspace for anyone trying to regain their focus.

In a collaborative partnership with Think Lab, creators of innovative workspaces throughout Japan, the Starbucks located inside the Circles Ginza building features a Smart Lounge that’s a remote work wonderland.

The second floor of the coffee store features a plethora of single workspaces sectioned off for semi-privacy.

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There’s also a Smart Lounge area for collaborative meetings that contain projectors and privacy for teleconferences.

Those meeting in groups can reserve group tables or solo working areas through the Think Lab smartphone app. At the same time, they wait for their coffee order. Each reservation can be placed in 15-minute increments.

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Think Lab utilized research to create an optimal environment for concentration through plants, natural sounds, temperature/humidity, lighting, and original aroma.

While quite a few similar Starbucks locations have popped up in the US, it’s safe to say none have entirely embraced this workflow. Here’s to hoping this catches on with US Starbucks operators!

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NO MASKS, NO SERVICE: Starbucks’ New Rule For Customers Starts July 15th

Starbucks just updated its policies for how the coffee chain plans to continue to serve customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest additions is that the company will introduce a face mask requirement for all customers entering their stores.

The new policy, which goes into effect July 15th, marks a significant change of language from how Starbucks previously approached face masks. Previous language asked customers who came into stores to wear them, but did not require them to have one to gain entry.

Baristas have, and will continue, to wear facial coverings while in stores.

During a time when face masks have been questionably politicized, Starbucks is taking an informed stance on safety recommendations to help limit the spread of COVID-19 while folks are picking up coffee, beverages, and breakfast.

These changes also come as some states have begun to reopen both indoor and outdoor dining, with safety precautions, for customers. However, as COVID-19 cases have resurged across the United States, several areas have re-closed indoor dining operations.

For those who still object to wearing face masks but still want Starbucks, delivery, curbside pickup, and drive-thru orders are alternative options to going inside. This is only available, however, “at select locations where a local government mandate is not in place,” according to the new policy.