It’s hard to have a blog about coffee and not notice the problems that arose in Philadelphia, PA this past week. For those who may not know, two black men went into a Starbucks Coffee shop for a real estate business meeting. They walked in and sat at a table. One of them asked to use the rest room and was told they were for paying customers only. They were waiting for a third person to show up so they hadn’t bought anything yet.
The store manager called 911 and police came and handcuffed them and escorted them out. The third person they were waiting for came in as they were being led out.
As a result of this, all (over 8,000) Starbucks Coffee shops will close on May 29 for racial bias training. The CEO met with officials in Philadelphia and Starbucks along with these 2 men will be working together for solutions.
Of course, on top of this is fake news that Starbucks is offering coupons for free coffee for those of color. This can be ignored.
It seems everywhere you look these days, more and more shops are offering cold brew. We have had several posts about how to make it. What if you don’t have time or are traveling? What then? Here are some ideas.
If you are staying at someone’s house and if they have the room, you can get cold brew coffee packs from Dunkin’ Donuts. It looks like this is a more concentrated coffee as they have you add water after brewing it.
Stumptown Roasters has taken their cold brew a little further and make a Sparkling Cold Brew. It comes in a few different flavors: Original, Ginger Citrus, Honey Lemon. If you order online, it will cost $20 for a 6-pack sampler of all the flavors or $40 for a 12 pack of any one flavor. The cans are 12 oz each.
If you are traveling, you can find cold brew in just about any major coffee shop like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stumptown, etc.
Starbucks has just announced it will be closing all 379 of its Teavana stores. Most are to be closed by Spring in 2018. Starbucks purchased the struggling Teavana in 2012. These closings will effect over 3000 workers.
Starbucks does say they are expanding their coffee stores and gradually add 240,000 jobs world-wide over the next five years. There will be major expansion in China as they expand their coffee-based shops.
Teavana stores are found mostly in malls. Starbucks will continue to sell Teavana products in their Starbucks shops.
Between 1:00 and 2:00 pm this Friday, July 14, you can get a free tall (12 oz) Teavana Shaken Iced Tea Infusion. There is no promo code – just go in and ask for the drink. You can choose Pineapple Black Tea, Strawberry Green Tea, or Peach Citrus Tea – at participating Starbucks in both U.S. and Canada.
While you are there, you might want to try a new Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte. Espresso made with coconut milk, over ice with Cascara syrup – made from the outer shells of the coffee cherries.
Yes Coffee Lovers! It will be here soon! Next Tuesday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. Jody Victor‘s crew searched the interwebs and found some companies are offering free coffee that day as well. Here are just a few of the major ones (some may require coupon or app):
Buy 1 medium coffee, get a Pillsbury cinnamon roll free (mobile coupon expires 9/29)
A Plus at Sunoco
Free 16ox coffee through 9/30
Free coffee samples all day on 9/29
Free medium hot or iced dark roast coffee on 9/29
Buy 1 coffee drink and get 1 free through 9/29
Free cup of Regular or Decaf coffee or pay just $1 for a Mocha, Latte, or Iced Coffee
You can get a free small coffee during breakfast hours through 9/29
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Buy 1 coffee get one free on 9/29
Free shipping on online orders of $30 or more through 9/29. $20% off any packaged coffee or merchandise in-store for My Starbucks Rewards Members.
$1 for a medium dark roast all week through 9/29