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We Try 10 New and Limited-Edition Winter Drinks

Nick Guy 8 comments

We try the new Starbucks Gingerbread Latte, new Sprite Cranberry, Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale, and a whole slew of eggnogs. More

What Does 'Single Origin' Coffee Really Mean?

Coffee Liz Clayton 8 comments

By now, most enlightened coffee drinkers know the difference between a single origin coffee and a blend. Or do we? Last week, Starbucks added an Ethiopian coffee to their offerings, billed curiously as a "single origin blend". More

Pumpkin Spice Latte Showdown: Starbucks vs. McDonald's

Adam Lindsley 17 comments

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

We Try Starbucks Discoveries Iced Caffe Mocha and Caramel Macchiato

Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

Starbucks recently released a new lineup of carton-sized drinks available in the chilled sections of grocery stores including Safeway and Target, inspired by their iced espresso drinks. More

Starbucks Brings the Clover Back

Coffee Liz Clayton 6 comments

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 Valencia Orange Refresher and Orange Spice Iced Coffee at Starbucks

Lauren McInnes 9 comments

We try the new Valencia Orange-flavored energy drink from Starbucks, plus their new Orange Spice Iced Coffee. More

We Try the New Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino from Starbucks

Craig Cavallo 16 comments

The new crunchy caramel variation starts with a few squirts of coffee, which are then followed by ice, milk, and dark caramel syrup—a new ingredient Starbucks created specially for the CRCF. More

We Try The New Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato

Coffee Liz Clayton 27 comments

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

We Try the Hot Cocoa Mixes from Starbucks

The Serious Eats Team 7 comments

On a recent trip to the grocery store, we noticed a whole shelf of different cocoa-mix options (including peppermint hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate!) from Starbucks, so we decided to check them out. More

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

Adam Lindsley 12 comments

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

In Pod Veritas: We Try Starbucks' New Verismo Single-Cup System

Coffee Liz Clayton 8 comments

Starbucks announced in September the arrival of the "Verismo" automated pod machine, a push-button single-cup home espresso maker that offers the added functionality of brewing drip coffee and...wait for it...even steaming milk for you by using milk pods...all in one handy chute. More

5 Reasons to Love Starbucks

Coffee Meister 54 comments

Vilified and lionized with seemingly equal regularity, Starbucks is the caffeinated megachain we hate to love and love to hate. But are the reasons any good on either side? More

We Try the New Cookie Crumble Frappuccinos at Starbucks

Coffee Maggie Hoffman 10 comments

As the humidity begins to rise, the frozen not-quite-milkshake-not-quite-iced-coffee concoctions from Starbucks get a little more appealing, and they have two new offerings as of yesterday: the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and the Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino. More

Starbucks Refreshers: New Energy Drinks from Starbucks

Carey Jones and John Edwards 8 comments

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

Carey Jones 11 comments

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

Coffee Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

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

We Try the New Starbucks Blonde Roast

Coffee Liz Clayton 4 comments

Acknowledging that there is a market for lighter-roasted coffee than the well-done beans Starbucks has earned various nicknames for, the company launched their new Blonde Roast earlier this month. And while it's not Debbie Harry blonde, it will do nicely. More

New Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks

Carey Jones 21 comments

I've got to admit, I was a little surprised that the new Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks actually contained sizable grains of salt. The catch? They disappear in about 20 seconds. Let me explain. More

Instant Iced Coffee Investigation: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Iced

Maggie Hoffman 18 comments

We're iced coffee addicts around SEHQ, often begging our poor interns to run over to Nolita Mart to fill our cold-brew growler. But sometimes you want instant satisfaction, so we were curious about Starbucks' new line of instant coffee meant for iced coffee. Would it be gritty? Stale-tasting? Or is it actually a viable caffeination solution? More

Starbucks Revives the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Today

Maggie Hoffman 8 comments

With a crown of whipped cream, a swirl of chocolate fudge sauce, and shower of crisp toasted coconut flakes, the back-by-popular-demand Mocha Coconut Frappuccino from Starbucks is a bit like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie in a glass. More

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