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My coffee sources tell me that Starbucks is set to roll out the new and improved Pumpkin Spice Latte in September 2015.
In an effort to rid their drinks of artificial ingredients and artificial flavors (as they do in Europe), Starbucks has reinvented the Pumpkin Spice Latte, with natural ingredients, without artificial caramel coloring but with real pumpkin.
Hard to believe that it has already been 12-years since Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte. My understanding was that he Pumpkin Spice Latte was not a slamdunk choice by Starbucks and that that they had tested an “orange cream” creation (yum) and when they settled on the “Pumpkin” drink for the fall, they were leaning towards using the name “Fall Harvest Latte” instead.
Word on the street is that when Starbucks tested the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” in stores they found out very quickly that their customers loved it and they knew it was going to be a regular fall / winter drink for the company.
Up until recently, you could not even purchase the Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup in store or online, but one quick peek of the starbucks online store at starbucks.ca/store tells me it is available in wide circulation.
As for the new, revamped, Pumpkin Spice Latte… Real pumpkin. Real spices. It’s coming! Real soon.
So I went to Starbucks, tried the drink and I thought it was fantastic. Its even better than the “original” one which I had always found to be a bit chemically. The new Pumpkin Spice Latte is not overly sweet, and no where near too pumpkin-y.
It was satisfying and really does hit the spot as the weather turns cooler.
I’m working in the Starbucks this morning and I cannot help but overhear the discussion behind me because the couple are really loud and seem to forget that they are sitting in a Starbucks. At first, I thought they were breaking up, then I thought they were hooking up, but now I really have no idea what is going on and, to be honest, neither do they!
Here are some highlights of this loud and public conversation;
Oh, you’re taking advice from him? Of all the guys I’ve wanted to beat up for looking at you, he is at the top of my list.
You’re dressed like you run drugs
Look at yourself… Don’t you have any shame?
I’ve gotten over you twice.
I’m going up north for a week of total partying. Nothing else. You’re not invited.
Between last week and this week I made a lot of plans with people and they all fell through so I need to make plans about how to make better plans so they won’t fall through.
Then his side gets kind of weird and awkward…
These plans that fell through messed up my son, because, he needs to nap and stuff… He overheated, had sand in his ass and stuff
My son hates water ever since I pulled his feet out from under him and he went under the water… He hated that.
He won’t even bathe.
He must have a red ass, or stuff that he doesn’t want cleaned.
He’s cried in the bath every time for months…
Since he did most of the talking…
We should go dancing!
Oh, I hope he’s okay.
You’re not supposed to do that to kids
You have to clean him up
Where will he be while you are partying?
Can I come with instead?
I’m not running drugs. I’m not a whore. I like the way I look. Look at you? You’re in a Starbucks looking like that… Eww.
Can we get out of here?
And off they went… Together.
The guys at the table beside me started to clap and said that would make for a great soap opera.
I’m more concerned that this father thought it was a good idea to pull out his kids feet from him while the kid was standing in the bathtub. He was trying to explain to the girl that he tried pushing the kid down to the seating position but the kid is really strong. He wanted him to sit and this was the only way… Sure, he could have smashed the kids face into the side of the tub, or worse give the kid a complex / fear of the water having almost drown. But this kid is dirty, red and smelly and the dad needs to start again and get this kid into the tub before the kid grows up afraid of the water because his dad is a partying moron…
What have you guys overheard in public space before?
There really is nothing worse than having only a few precious minutes of kid-free time – today’s was to have been spent at Starbucks Canada while the kids were in a program – and it’s ruined by someone taking their time doing something very simple… Like ordering a cup of coffee.
I dropped the kids off at their program, then headed over for a cup of coffee and for a sanity break at the closest Starbucks. I had 55 minutes now, and I just wanted my drink and to sit down and get to work. I had my laptop and there was only one guy in line in front of me. He was already ordering when I settled in behind him in line. I figured I was a minute or two away from my coffee. Little did I know it would be almost 15 minutes later before I had my drink…
It was so bad that once he realized he was entitled to a free drink, paused to figure out what to order and after what seemed like 2 minutes, he ordered a venti (huge) triple-quad, half-caf…. something, something, something… That drink order was as long as the wait, and of course, as barista repeated the drink back to him, she made a mistake and he went through his entire order all over again to make sure she understood.
Then once he was finished – 8 minutes later – and he had to pay for his drink, he decided he needed a snack, so he walked over to the window and thought about that, before ordering the food.
Now came time to pay.
Of course, he had not taken out his card to pay!!! He searched high and low for his wallet, but could not find it. Then he decided he was going to pay through his phone, which he had to retrieve, turn on, open the app, load what ever the %^$^ he needed to load only to find out there was not enough money on his phone to pay.
So back to his backpack he went and this time he produced a debit card.
He paid (no tip) and then turned and smiled to me.
I waited 12 minutes for him to order, and pay, and he smiled and me.
So I smiled back.
Said good morning.
Walked up to the cash, ordered a grande Americano with a pump of mocha and a pump of peppermint and I knew that in a mere minute I would be enjoying a delicious drink.
It’s bad karma to be an asshole, plus it’s a lot of work.
Starbucks is the world’s top coffee retailer with over 19,500 stores in 58 countries. Canada ranks second to the US in the number of stores (over 12,800 in the United States compared to over 1,245 locations in Canada). Japan, Great Britain, China and South Korea round out the top 6, all under 1000 locations. But you cannot really trust these numbers because Starbucks are opening nearly 5 new stores everyday. Starbucks recently held a contest for Canadians to help name their new Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees, which are best described as their lighter roast with a subtle, mellow, lighter-bodied, full of flavor, and delicious. I liken it to a roast which gently awakens the senses – the more you enjoy your cup, the more flavour you detect.When they first launched the Starbucks Blonde Roast, I immediately picked up the VIA instant packets and was shocked by the lack of flavour from the first sip. Used to strong coffee I had added way too much cream and sugar and it drowned out the mellow flavour of this mild roast and once I learned to be gentle with this Blonde, I began to notice the subtle flavours and it has become my go to roast.
So of course I wanted to enter the contest to create the name for the Blonde Roast and in doing so, I found some interesting facts about Starbucks I felt compelled to share.
So, here are the 13 Most Interesting Facts About Starbucks, then the details about the contest …
13. Starbucks currently employs over 137,000 employees, which may not seem like a lot, however this is twice the population of Greenland.
11. There are currently over 87,000 drink possibilities – a free drink to anyone who can name all 87,000.
10. There is a size called the “Trenta” which is 30oz / 916 ml or slightly bigger than the capacity of your stomach which on average has a capacity of 900 ml.
9. A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 mg of caffeine which surprisingly contains over four times more caffeine than found in a Red Bull energy drink.
8. The Starbucks cinnamon chip scone has more calories than a McDonald’s quarter pounder with 480 calories.
7. Starbucks uses 2.3 billion paper cups per year.
6. They currently serve 40 million customers a week.
5. The owners almost went with the name Pequod, the name of the boat in Moby Dick, instead of the character Starbucks’ name
4.After tasting the Clover at a small café in New York and claiming it the best cup of brewed coffee he has ever tasted, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultzdecided to buy the company that made Clover in 2008 and began introducing the dream machine at select stores around the country
3. Most Starbucks stores have been equipped Swiss-made Mastrena, which was created to make “the highest-quality, consistent shot of espresso”. The machine also allows baristas to interact with customers due to it’s size and shape.
2. My first choices for the new name were “Mellow Yellow”, “Platinum Blonde” named after the great Canadian band, “Ambition”, “Natural Blonde” and the “Have More Fun” Roast. These have all been entered in the contest.
1. The first Starbucks location to open in Canada was at the Seabus Skytrain Station in Vancouver on March 1, 1987. This humble store was Starbucks Coffee’s first international location. My last suggestion was to honour that location with the “Seabus Light Roast Blend.”
On February 20th, Starbucks Canada will announce the 3 finalists and open up the voting. What was your name for the Blonde Roast?