The Only Coffee Tumbler You Should Ever Buy

The Only Tumbler You Should Ever Buy

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Tumblers are trendy, hip, varied. They are also easy to customize, so every company has their own. It’s easy to slap logos, pictures, and slogans on them. The logo is irrelevant; the make is everything. Even the brand doesn’t matter if you know what design to look for.

This may seem trivial and America is probably not talking about this much, but it should be. People buy way too much crappy drinkware and it’s time to speak up. Sí, se puede.

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Personal “secret menu” creation today–chocolate cinnamon coffee smoothie

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Whipped this up today at Starbucks and it’s fantastic. I’ll be getting this one again, and again.

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Cadbury Egg — a Starbucks “secret menu” creation

Latest beverage concoction from my brain. I was sitting on a beach and thought this sounded good. And it is. 😉

Steamed egg nog
Toffee nut
Foam or whipped cream
Caramel drizzle

Variation: hazelnut is sweeter than toffee nut, and also gives an interesting twist.

Give it a try, but let me know if you do.


Starbucks stock is screaming

It’s interesting to work in the shadow of a juggernaut that sells out on $450 gift cards faster than Dave Matthews concert tickets in Virginia.

The offering marked the second year the coffee chain has partnered with high-end daily deal site to sell the cards. With only 1,000 cards available, the deal was the more exclusive of the two.


How to make your coffee at home taste like Starbucks’

“Yeah, but it doesn’t taste the same as when you guys make it.”

Brewing a perfect cup--just a matter of setting up right

Cup-a cup-a cup-a cup-a cup!

I hear this often when I talk to people about buying whole bean coffee to brew at home or work. Starbucks doesn’t use beans that are any different than what they retail. The equipment they use is fast, precise, and (thus) expensive, but it doesn’t do anything magic to it either. So what is the difference?

It’s just a question of simple chemistry. This post will tell you how to get those results at home.

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UPDATED: Functional “Secret Menu” drinks from Starbucks

Functional Drinks at Starbucks

UPDATED: Starbucks has fully rolled out Teavana teas in their stores, a big but pleasant change. I will give my recommendations below, especially for the increasingly popular “Medicine Ball.”

Synergy of beverage and composing

Synergy of beverage and composing

Starbucks can make countless drinks that are off the menu. The most popular are really sweet novelties trying to taste like candy bars, and are usually blended, but some are very useful for when you need a big push or are feeling under the weather. They help you get through those challenging times, so I call them functional drinks.

UPDATE: Starbucks acquired Teavana some time ago. While the relationship has slowly been developing between the two, Starbucks only recently completely replaced their Tazo lineup with Teavana teas.





As your very own Blogrista, and having been asked about these drinks numerous times, I want to clue you in on them. Here are a few of those not-so-secret “secret menu” drinks in order of what I think are most helpful.

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Fall Food link

Following from my post on How to find your perfect drink at Starbucks, I just came across this little tidbit on Fall foods that is pretty interesting. This is the kind of stuff that adds another dimension to the seasonal, savory drinks like Salted Caramel Mocha and Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Both of which I recommend hot.)

Pumpkin Spice Latte






This one in particular, on Picca: Peruvian and Japanese fusion food, looks incredible. I should get more Peruvian food in my diet. 😉

La Boulange at Starbucks


Prepare yourselves for a scrumdibblyunctious revolution….

How to find your perfect drink at Starbucks

Caffeine withdrawal, and understanding tall/grande/venti, can cause headaches There’s no substitute for a well-placed beverage in your day; even sweeter when you don’t get one often. Somewhere out there lies that perfect drink at Starbucks. But what if you don’t know what to order with that huge menu? Or if you don’t know how to order with all that particular verbiage? Don’t worry about it. In this post, I’ll give you 4 decision-makers that will help you hone in on your perfect drink in 10 seconds or less. [Read more…]