Starbucks' secrets gain a cult following
From an unpublished menu to online cup art, the chain has some unusual features you won't find at a Dunkin' Donuts.
Something is brewing at Starbucks (SBUX) that has nothing to do with mobile payments. In fact, what's happening harkens back to simpler times when folks expressed themselves with their natural talents.
Don't you feel upset that you don't even realize this legal activity is going down right in front of your eyes?
Here are three things that make up this Starbucks underworld:
- The Starbucks secret drink menu has exploded onto the social-media scene this year. I know you are scared to order a drink off this menu, fearing a barista will laugh at you, and not make the drink. Total line shame. However, be advised, there IS a drink off this secret menu called "The Cold Buster", which is a tea pumped up on cold fighting ingredients.
- Starbucks "cup art" has taken off, with pictures filling up dedicated sections on Tumblr and Pinterest, and to a lesser extent in various tweets. Cup art is when a person draws serious art on a white Starbucks cup using a black or colored marker. Can't do that at Dunkin Brands' (DNKN) Dunkin Donuts with its dark-colored cups!
- One up-and-coming trend in the Starbucks underground is "tip-jar art", where baristas add some flair to the jars found at the counter and next to the drive-thru windows. Employees hold contests in store to see who comes up with the best design. Talk about bonding exercises!
As hard as I try "AND I'VE TRIED"
I CAN'T MAKE THAT COFFEE AT HOME!!!!
Americano - 3 shots, no sugar, no cream, 0 calories ($2.74 - I bring my own travel cup)
always strong and fresh with enough caffeine to get through the day
Hungarian guy told me how to make a great cup of coffee. His father owned a general store back home and he would help in the shop. One of the things he says is that you need to pour the beans out and pick out the smallest, darkest ones. Those are burnt. The roasting process is never even and never symmetrical.
Grind up the "good" beans..........coffee Nirvana.
I had to throw Nirvana in to appease the west coast freaks who shell out the kinda money Starbucks gets. Schultz's big "I know nothing" delivery of "the greatest thing Starbucks has ever done". Oh yeah, that was make a mobile payment system.
I'm gonna try to sound smart.
"Buy a cloud play" L-O-L.
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