What’s New on Starbucks Menu for Summer?

Summer is in full swing at Starbucks, with refreshing new beverages and treats at participating stores in the United States and Canada.

Starting today (July 12), customers can enjoy the new sweetly tart Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea or the new Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, the company’s first iced beverage that features coconut milk. Affogato-style Frappuccino® blended beverage is also joining Starbucks summer menu, along with Megpies artisan tarts.

What’s New?

New Teavana Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea was inspired by the medley of fruit flavors that are often at their peak ripeness and juiciness during the summer. The beverage starts with freshly-brewed Teavana® Iced Passion Tango™ Tea, a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and apple flavors, and a sangria syrup with four juice concentrates – peach, elderberry, blood orange, and raspberry. The tea is hand-shaken with apple juice, berries, orange slices and ice for a refreshingly vibrant tea with a sweet and tart finish.

Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato features espresso shots poured over chilled coconut milk and combined with a hint of white chocolate mocha sauce. The beverage is finished with caramel sauce in a double crosshatch pattern and a swirl of mocha sauce to create five layers of espresso sweetness.

Inspired by the classic Italian dessert, Starbucks Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverage in available stores this summer. For the beverage, a barista pours a shot of espresso over a finished Starbucks Frappuccino; the hot espresso mingles with the icy Frappuccino to create creamy pockets of coffee. Three Frappuccino blended beverages are featured Affogato-style: Vanilla Bean, Caramel and Mocha, although any Frappuccino can be ordered Affogato-style with a shot of espresso poured on top.

For a sweet afternoon treat, customers can try Megpies all-natural artisan tarts. It started with an idea from the Megpies owner Meghan Ritchie, who crafted these tiny pockets in her kitchen and sold them on her Brooklyn stoop to passersby. Available in participating Starbucks stores in two flavors – Strawberry and Cinnamon Sugar.

Summer refreshment at Starbucks

Starbucks line-up of refreshment, also includes cold coffee favorites Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, Nitro Cold Brew (in select stores) and Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice. Customers can also enjoy the special summertime Frappuccino blended beverages, including Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino, S’mores Frappuccino, and Mini Frappuccino beverages. After 3 p.m., Starbucks Sunset Menu includes icy Granitas, blended treats in three flavors: Caramel Espresso, Teavana® Youthberry® White Tea and Strawberry Lemon Limeade.

Published at https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-summer-menu-2016


Coffee Bean beats Starbucks by bringing nitro coffee to SoCal

Coffee Bean has made a major move to jump ahead of Starbucks in the latest coffee trend: nitro cold brew. The Los Angeles-based chain is offering cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen at 170 cafes in Southern California.

Leading cafe brands Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have announced major menu changes – one impacting your wallet; the other your palate.

As of last week, Starbucks raised prices by as much as 30 cents on some drinks. Effective at company-operated stores in the U.S., the chain said certain sizes of brewed coffee have gone up 10 to 20 cents; for espresso beverages and tea lattes, prices have increased 10 to 30 cents.

Starbucks told the Register that “these beverage adjustments” will only result in an average customer ticket increase of about 1 percent.

While Starbucks is raising prices yet again, Coffee Bean has made a major move to jump ahead of Starbucks in the latest coffee trend: nitro cold brew.

The Los Angeles-based chain is offering cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen at 170 cafes in Southern California.

The gourmet java experience has previously been restricted to specialty cafes and restaurants serving elite roasters such as Stumptown Coffee, the Portland-based indie acquired by Peet’s last fall. Contra Coffee & Tea in Santa Ana also serves its own nitro brews.

Cold brew is not the same as iced coffee; cold brew is prepared by steeping coffee grounds in cold water. Infusing nitro gives cold brew coffee a silky texture with a foamy head. It looks similar to a Guinness Stout pour.

Coffee Bean’s nitro cold brew is made from a blend of Ethopian and Bali Blue Moon coffees with chicory.

Besides a straight nitro cold brew, Coffee Bean is also offering a nitro latte, and a nitro vanilla bean latte. The nitro drinks range from $4.25 to $5.50. Through Sunday, July 17, customers can get a $1 off all nitro beverages.

Find me at the OC Fair

Catch me at the OC Fair at 5 p.m. tonight. I’ll be judging a new chef battle dubbed “OC Fair #InstaYum Chef Challenge.” The weekly battle showcases the impact social media and food photography plays in creating a desirable restaurant dish. I will be part of a panel rating a professional chef vs. an Instagram chef. Food quality and how dazzling the dish looks on Instagram will be judged.

The weekly battles are tonight, July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. in the OC Promenade building.

Published at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coffee-723032-nitro-cold.html

Starbucks store designed to employ deaf workers

A Starbucks store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has become the first in the coffee chain to focus on employment opportunities for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. (Courtesy of Starbucks)


A Starbucks store in Malaysia has become the first in the global coffee chain to focus on providing employment opportunities for deaf people.
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By Seattle Times staff
Seattle Times business reporter

A Starbucks store in Malaysia has become the first in the global coffee chain to focus on providing employment opportunities for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The store in Kuala Lumpur, which opened Wednesday, results from a partnership between Starbucks Malaysia and The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, the company said.

The society provided Starbucks with two sign-language interpreters during hiring, training and coaching for deaf employees, and to teach sign language to hearing employees, according to a Starbucks news release.

The store employs 10 deaf employees and three hearing ones, including the store manager.

“This is an underrepresented community in Malaysia,” a Starbucks spokeswoman said. “Over the years, the team has worked with local organizations to hire deaf partners [employees] and we wanted to celebrate and recognize the contributions of deaf workers and people of all disabilities.”

Customers place their orders by filling out a menu ticket that they hand to the baristas. The baristas then key in the orders on a dual-screen system where customers can see if their order is correct. The order number is displayed on a large screen above the pickup counter when it’s ready.

The store also has a Starbucks Card kiosk where customers can check their card balances and reward-program points.

Starbucks currently has no plans to replicate this model beyond the Malaysia store, the spokeswoman said.


Starbucks Just Gave Us Five Delicious New Reasons to Ditch Our Summer Diet

Starbucks Granitas

Today may not be a legally recognized holiday, but if you’re a Starbucks lover like us, it should be. Why? In addition to their recent fudge-covered masterpiece, they just released like a zillion new treats today, and our stomachs, minds, and souls are stoked. Before we get into specifics, we’ll tease you with what you can expect. What do snow cones, brownies and shortcake have in common? Other than being delicious and terrible for you, they can now be found at Starbucks.

They’re all part of their new “Sunset Menu,” which is available right about that time you need a serious pick-me-up (3 p.m., to be exact). Because they’re so generous, the new products (which we swear we’re about to tell you about in just a second), are available in both the states and Canada. This is a summertime-only thang so get your mouths to Starbucks like right now. Alright, we promised you a round-up of the new items, so here’s a round-up of the new items. Look at them. SAVOR THEM. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Starbucks Granitas


1. Starbucks Caramel Espresso Granita. What the magical heck is a Granita? Think of it like a drinkable snow cone (and try to resist it). If you’re into shaved ice that comes in flavors only a coffee shop with a Cherry Blossom Frappuccino could imagine, Granitas are your BB. In this handsome version, expect cream, espresso shots and caramel topping, and potentially an addiction to the beverage for the duration of the summer season.

Starbucks Granitas


2. Teavana Youthberry® White Tea Granita. Starbucks describes this item as a “Refreshing lemonade flavored, finely shaved ice topped with Teavana Youthberry White tea that combines white tea, pineapple, acai and hibiscus.” Def getting in on that. Also, WHAT is a “Youthberry” and can we smear it on our premature wrinkles?

Starbucks Granitas


3. Starbucks Strawberry Lemon-Limeade Granita. Another sippable slice of satisfaction. This time, you’ll be drinking a cup full of strawberries, limeade and lemonade mixed into your shaved ice. We’re not worthy.

Starbucks Trifles


4. Chocolate Brownie Trifle. Granitas have been covered, and now we’re on to the Trifles. Technically it doesn’t look sippable, but it’s new, fabulous and in a cup, so we’re putting it on our list. We’re sure if you really wanted to, you could probs ask your friendly barista to blend it into a drink for you. Honestly, why would you though when you can just dig right into this dessert? Expect nothing less than “layers of whipped cream,” says Starbucks, and for this flavor, brownies (duh) and a mocha-themed drizzle to top it off.

Starbucks Trifles


5. Strawberry Shortcake Trifle. Not all of us like chocolate, and that’s just fine and dandy. You can still live your best life via the Shortcake Trifle. Mini vanilla scones topped with whipped cream and strawberry sauce will change your life. In other words, you’ll be making more trips to Starbucks than your local gym. No one can judge you when you’re life is so delicious.

by DOMINIQUE HAIKEL, at http://www.eonline.com

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Over Starbucks Lattes

In this file photo, a Starbucks customer drinks coffee in Palo Alto, Calif

(NEWSER) – Think your Starbucks lattes are light on the milk? Well, get this: Not only are two Starbucks customers suing over an alleged lack of milk in the coffee drinks, a judge on Friday allowed their proposed class-action suit to proceed, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs, California residents Sierra Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles, claim Starbucks cheats customers by selling lattes that are 25% smaller than advertised. The suit says baristas are given pitchers for heating milk that have purposely low “fill to” lines, with lattes then topped with foam and left 1/4 inch short. The plaintiffs say this conflicts with Starbucks’ promise that tall, grande, and venti lattes contain 12, 16, and 20 ounces, respectively.

“The court finds it probable that a significant portion of the latte-consuming public could believe that a ‘Grande’ contains 16 ounces of fluid,” wrote US District Judge Thelton Henderson is his decision. The suit—which Top Class Actions says will be open to “all US Class Members who purchased a Starbucks Latte”—further claims that the alleged lack of milk has saved Starbucks “countless millions of dollars,” as Eater reported in March. For its part, Starbucks says it’s ready to fight the accusations in court. When the lawsuit was filed earlier this year, Today Show reporter Jeff Rossen went out and bought six lattes that all turned out to be underfilled—at least once the foam had settled, the Guardian recalls. (One woman sued Starbucks for $5 million over the ice in its drinks.)

By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff

Starbucks Announces Higher Pay, Higher Prices

The two developments are unrelated

It seems Starbucks has raised its prices again since my last post a few days ago about the matter.

In this this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, Starbucks cups are shown mugs in a cafe in North Andover, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(NEWSER) – On Monday, Starbucks announced it would increase worker wages; on Tuesday, the company announced it would also increase the cost of some of its drinks. The two developments are unrelated: As Fortune notes, the price hikes (between 10 and 30 cents per beverage) are thanks to rising coffee costs, not increased worker pay. (And prices on 65% of Starbucks beverages will not change.) As for the wage bump, the company said employees will receive raises of at least 5% effective Oct. 3, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Starbucks is making the move in order to ensure it remains “a retail employer of choice,” per CEO Howard Schultz’s announcement. The company is also doubling its annual awards of shares in Starbucks stock for employees who have been with the company for two continuous years; when combined with the raises, compensation packages could be raised up to 15% for some employees. The announcement also mentioned other workplace changes that will allow workers to have “more room for self-expression,” and some employees are speculating (and hoping) Starbucks will change its dress code to allow employees to sport dyed hair—currently, “bright or unnatural” colors are not allowed.

By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff





“She handed it to me with her hand over the top and dropped it,” she said. “I caught it and so it squashed, the top had come off, and it splashed all over everywhere and all over me. It was so hot that I jumped out of the car.”

The burns were so severe, she says, she lost a month of work. The scars are still there.

“It is not reasonable to go buy a cup of coffee and get your skin scalded off of you,” she said.

She is suing Starbucks and the employee who she says dropped the coffee on her and then did nothing to help her when she screamed in pain.

Her attorney, Brian Humphrey, says she tried other means of communicating with the company since the incident but had no success. That is why, reluctantly, they filed suit last week.

“If you make a mess you clean it up,” said Humphrey. “If you injure somebody and it’s your fault, you make it right. And if you don’t, that’s what the courts are for.”

Starbucks has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which was filed last week, some two years after the incident.

A company spokesperson did issue a statement which read, “The health and safety of our customers and partners (employees) is always our top priority. We are evaluating the customer’s claims and determining the appropriate next steps.”

Mize says she knows the suit opens her up to criticism or ridicule. This is too important, she says, to let that stop her from seeking justice.

“If this had happened to a child or someone wearing shorts or someone with diabetes,” said Mize, “I’m not sure they would have survived having their skin fall off of them and have no skin on you for a month.”