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Pumpkin Spice Latte Showdown: Starbucks vs. McDonald's

Starbucks has sold over 200 million of their pumpkin spice latte over the past decade. But the coffee behemoth's competition just got a little stiffer, with America's biggest fast-food chain, McDonald's, getting in on the action with a pumpkin spice latte of its own. If that's not grounds for a head-to-head comparison, I don't know what is. More

Starbucks Brings the Clover Back

The Clover, a five-figure priced single-cup coffee brewer, is back, and Starbucks is putting 500 more in Starbucks locations around the world, starting now. Teamed up with a renewed emphasis on their Reserve Coffee line, this marks a big step in Big Green's interest in showcasing microlot, by the cup coffees. More

We Try The New Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato

For the first time in sixteen years, Starbucks has shoved over some space on its year-round menu for a new espresso drink, which debuts today across the United States. Like its older sister the Caramel Macchiato, the new Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato is built atop vanilla syrup—a couple of pumps to sweeten the base for steamed 2% milk and Starbucks' dark-dark espresso roast. The theme flavor comes only at the end, measured out carefully in a specific pattern of cross-hatches and swirls conceived to dispense just the right proportion of viscous, hazelnutty goodness. More

Starbucks vs. Peet's: Which is the Best Pumpkin Spice Latte?

There is a certain contingent of people who, like those individuals ready to pounce outside drugstores and supermarkets the instant Cadbury Eggs hit the shelves in the weeks preceding Easter, wait patiently year-round for the autumnal arrival of the pumpkin spiced drinks at coffee houses across the nation. These established lovers of seasonal sips already have their favorites, but for those who don't often order these kinds of drinks, a throwdown is in order! Which pumpkin latte is best? And what are the differences, anyway? More

Starbucks Refreshers: New Energy Drinks from Starbucks

People across the country (and across the world) pack themselves into Starbucks locations each morning and afternoon with the goal of pumping caffeine into their veins. Others pop into convenience stores, highway rest stops, and drug stores in search of an energy jolt. Caffeine is big business, so it's no surprise to see a player from one arena cross over into another. Starbucks has already put out a number of coffee drinks, but they've now moved into another corner of the caffeine world, releasing a line of energy drinks, much like a Monster or Red Bull. More

We Try Evolution Fresh Juices from Starbucks

Starbucks tends to stay pretty close to home turf of coffee drinks and pastries. Sure, it makes the occasional foray into breakfast food, but half-caf lattes and mocha Frappuccinos have always been its bread and butter. So it's big news when Starbucks announces its intentions to get into fresh juice—launching the first Evolution Fresh juice bar in Bellevue, Washington this Monday. How are the juices? We decided to find out. More

New Light and Dark Roasts from Caribou Coffee

Starbucks isn't the only one going blonde these days: Caribou Coffee is jumping on that train, too, with their new Starlight roast, their lightest roast ever. At the same time, Caribou doesn't want to abandon those who prefer a boldly roasted cup, so they've also released their darkest roast yet, called the Eclipse. We got a sample of both and put them to the French press test. More

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