Secret Menu Adventure: Consumerist Tries To Order An ‘Undertow’ At Starbucks

Secret Menu Adventure: Consumerist Tries To Order An ‘Undertow’ At Starbucks

Here at Consumerist’s virtual headquarters, we were reading a Starbucks fan blog, as we do, and noticed a passing reference that took us by surprise. A post mentioned a “secret menu” drink called the Undertow, which consists of hot espresso on top of cold half-and-half and flavored syrup. This sounded both confusing and delicious, so we made the editor whose office is closest to a Starbucks go out and try to order one. [More]

Starbucks Adds Latte Macchiato To Permanent Menu — So… What The Heck Is A Latte Macchiato?

Starbucks Adds Latte Macchiato To Permanent Menu — So… What The Heck Is A Latte Macchiato?

Every now and then, Starbucks adds a new drink to its permanent menu and customers get all frothed up over it. But sometimes there’s a ton of buzz over something, and we’re left wondering if we even understand what everyone is so excited about. Case in point: Starbucks has announced it’s adding a Latte Macchiato to the menu Jan. 5. Okay, fine, but what exactly is a latte macchiato? [More]

Fiat Wants You To Make A Nice Steaming Hot Espresso From The Comfort Of Your Car

Fiat Wants You To Make A Nice Steaming Hot Espresso From The Comfort Of Your Car

Just think of  those times you actually had to stop and buy hot coffee to later spill all over your lap in the car. That’s the worst, which is why Fiat is introducing espresso makers in its 500L model, so you can make your own hot beverage in the comfort of your vehicle, to then precariously balance while driving. Brings new meaning to the idea of a to-go coffee. [More]

Baristas Flash Their Hoohas At The Grab-n-Go, Get Charged With Prostitution

Baristas Flash Their Hoohas At The Grab-n-Go, Get Charged With Prostitution

We’re not at the “full body latte” stage just yet, but Grab-n-Go Espresso in Everett, Washington has apparently taken us right up to that edge with their espresso stands where baristas show skin while serving coffee. Now five Grab-n-Go baristas have been charged “with multiple counts of prostitution and violating the city’s adult entertainment ordinance.”

Starbucks Retraining Employees At 7,100 Stores Next Week

Starbucks Retraining Employees At 7,100 Stores Next Week

Next Tuesday, Starbucks will close 7,100 corporate-owned stores early to implement a company-wide retraining session on how to make drinks. “The barista re-education is a ‘renewed focus on espresso standards,’ say Starbucks honchos.” We thought that’s why they bought the robot espresso machines—so they didn’t have to have trained coffee pullers anymore.

DoubleShot Coffee To Customers: Mistook Us For Starbucks? You’re An Idiot.

More words of wisdom from our favorite anti-Starbucks crusader, Brian Franklin, proprietor of DoubleShot Coffee: