November 2011

Goat Rodeo Strays from the Herd

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

What do Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, George Strait, Elvis Costello and Condoleezza Rice have in common?

All, in one manner or another, have come into the orbit of the four master musicians who spearhead the new The Goat Rodeo Sessions album. The word “eclectic” gets thrown around pretty easily in music circles, but this collaboration breaks genre barriers with genuine gusto.

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Eggnog and Pink Martini

Pink Martini - Joy to the World

Holiday music collections are like migratory birds that brighten your environment for awhile before disappearing until the same time next year. It’s called seasonal music for a reason!

Last year, we featured a new contribution from Pink Martini’s Joy to the World. Our own Holly H. played a part in sparking the new album. Noticing that their one-off contributions to our previous holiday albums had a certain sparkle, she suggested they record a full slate of holiday music. The eclectic Portland, Oregon-based ensemble, spearheaded by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, rose to the challenge.

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Skinny Peppermint Mocha – a New Addition to Our Holiday Classics

Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha

Our holiday beverages have been creating merry moments for customers since we first launched Eggnog Latte 25 years ago. So, we take making any changes to this Holiday Beverage tradition very seriously. That’s why it’s so exciting to be able to bring you a beverage you have been asking for on My Starbucks Idea We invite you to try our brand NEW Skinny Peppermint Mocha!!!

Skinny Peppermint Mocha is a lighter version of the Peppermint Mocha. Made with espresso, nonfat milk, sugar-free Peppermint Syrup and Skinny Mocha sauce. With only 100 calories in a Tall (12 fl. oz.) it’s a holiday treat you can feel good about.

Let us know how you like this new addition.

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Support World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st

Support World AIDS Day at your local Starbucks

Stop by your Starbucks store tomorrow in recognition of World AIDS Day! For every handcrafted beverage sold at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in support of World AIDS Day, Starbucks will make a five cent contribution to The Global Fund. Since the launch of our partnership with (RED)™ in December 2008, Starbucks has contributed nearly $10 million to The Global Fund to help those living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Thank you for your support!

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Share a Holiday Beverage with a Friend

Starbucks buy any holiday beverage and receive another holiday beverage free

What better way to ring in the season than by sharing a delicious holiday beverage with a friend… for FREE? In the spirit of our holiday theme this year “Let’s Merry”, beginning Thursday, 11/17 buy any holiday beverage between the hours of 2-5pm and receive another holiday beverage FREE.

Never tried Gingerbread Latte? Here’s your chance. Just want to double your pleasure with twice the Peppermint Mocha? Why not. It’s the perfect opportunity to delight in the season and share a laugh with a friend over a warm holiday favorite. So have one on us this Thursday – Sunday (11/17 - 11/20) between 2-5 pm. Tis the Season!

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Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar™ Coffee – A Favorite Returns

Starbucks Reserve Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar

I’ve worked for Starbucks for more than 10 years, and Ethiopia Harrar™ coffee has long been a favorite of mine. Its unique characteristics never cease to amaze me. As soon as I received our special, new package of Sun-Dried Ethiopia Harrar™ coffee, I couldn’t wait to share it!

So I asked Candace, a 5-year Starbucks veteran, to do a tasting with me. When we opened the bag, the smell of dried berries and spicy notes filled the air. As soon as the juicy complexity hit my tongue, I was reminded of how unique this coffee can be.

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Leaves Are Falling, Starbucks® Thanksgiving Blend Returns

Starbucks Thanksgiving BLend

I have a beautiful large maple tree in my front lawn. And when I say large, I mean gigantic! It was planted sometime in the 1930s and has grown to be over 25 feet in diameter. Every year about this time the leaves start to fall just when Starbucks® Thanksgiving Blend hits the shelves.

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