I’m a wuss when it comes to coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my cup of joe, but only after I’ve added about a 1/4 cup of milk and sweetener. And maybe some chocolate for good measure.
I’m a sucker for flavored varieties, and it’s rare that I find a cup of plain coffee that doesn’t require my “doctoring” process. Some of my faves include Donut House, Panera and Dunkin Donuts. While I love my fancy Starbucks drinks, their regular coffee tastes like battery acid.
So when I saw the big announcement, I was intrigued. The Blonde Roast promised a “lighter-bodied” alternative to Starbucks’ other blends.
This past weekend, on one of our many drives-without-a-destination — i.e. Bean’s nap — I had the Mister stop so I could give it a try.
That may not sound like a glowing review, but for me, that’s all I look for in a coffee. Coffee that tastes like…coffee! And doesn’t put hair on my chest. Smooth, mellow and light, this blend is one of my new favorites.
Is it better than Dunkin? Definitely not for the price — but there are also less Dunkins than Starbucks and it’s comforting to know that I can find a good cup of coffee within any 5 mile radius
Have you tried the Blonde roast? What did you think?
So I know that I was rambling on about enjoying one holiday at a time last week, but something happened.
Maybe it was the Christmas Carols, the decorations on my street and cooler weather, but something tells me this guy had something to do with it…
Skinny Peppermint Mocha
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice.
Move over pumpkin, there’s a new gal in town.
You should know that I’m not the biggest mint fan. But this latte? It’s Christmas in a cup, I tell you, Christmas in a cup. A chocolatey, creamy cup sent straight from the Christmas Angels.
Did I mention that a tall is only 100 calories?
To my new co-workers, I apologize in advance for all the Christmas carols I’ll be humming today. Because it certainly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Don’t forget to enter in the Shabby Apple Jewelry Giveaway !
For those of you who drink Starbucks on a regular basis, you know just how pricey the habit can be. There is a Starbucks in my office building and let’s just say the Barista notices my haircuts.
So when I saw this segment on the news this morning, my ears perked up.
Always looking to share the wealth, I’ve highlighted my favorite tips below…
(The Golden Rule). Never ever pay with cash or a credit card. Use a REGISTERED Starbucks Card! Starbucks Cards are free. It takes 10 seconds to register one online. A registered Starbucks card can save you up to $1.20 on a drink by giving you free flavor shots, like vanilla or hazelnut, and also giving you free modifiers, like milk, which would otherwise cost you 60 cents. The Starbucks Card, which works the same as cash, also gets you every 15th drink free.
Easy on the ice, please. Starbucks will overload every drink you order with Ice. In fact, a “light ice” medium size beverage is almost equal to a large iced drink. Order the smaller drink, but ask your barista for light ice. It’s just as cold, but you’re not wasting your cash on cube filler.
“Make friends with the free condiments!” You can easily save yourself a dollar almost every time by doing a few seconds of dirty work yourself. Instead of getting a latté, order two shots of espresso and then pour in your own milk. It’s waiting for you right there on the condiment stand and cheaper if you do it yourself. Also, the Starbucks condiment bar has free cinnamon, vanilla and mocha powder. Save yourself the cash — and calories — and flavor the drink yourself rather than paying for a Starbucks flavor shot.
Get short. It’s not listed on the menu, but you can order a short-sized beverage instead of the tall. Yes, it’s a little smaller, but chances are, it will satisfy you and for the folks going to Starbucks twice a day, this is a way to save on at least one of your visits.
Bring your own cup! It will save you 10 cents, which may seem like nothing, but in addition to benefitting the environment, there are savings over time. (My favorite travel mug)
Split a Venti. Starbucks does not charge for cups. If you go with a friend and you both want banana-chocolate smoothies, order a Venti and split it into two tall cups or two cups of your own. You’ll be saving $2.50 a visit, which adds up quickly if you car pool with someone or have a regular Starbucks partner that appreciates the same drink you do.
Stay in the store! A customer comes into the store, buys a cup of coffee with cash and then leaves, comes back an hour later and buys another cup. Considering you can enjoy free net access at Starbucks, just sit there for the hour and work on your laptop or smartphone. Register your Starbucks Card, stay in-store and the refills are free.
Consider a Misto. For many of the regular latté drinkers that can’t live without a latté, expand your horizons. Although a Café Misto has a little more milk than a latté, it is $2.85 for a Venti, while a latte is $3.90. Considering the drink might taste almost the same to you, or you might like it better, the $1.05 savings per beverage is significant, especially every day.
What are your coffee money saving tips?