Fiona Apple and Sister Maude Maggart Team Up On Starbucks Valentine Compilation

Apart from uniting the world via technicolor coffee beverages, Starbucks has always secondarily been a purveyor of — and occasional… Read More

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5 Ways to Refresh a Summer Friday

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You lucky so-and-so! Your office gives you half-days every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day! Or, like those of us here at Flavorpill Media, every other Friday. You owe it to the folks still slaving away at five on a Friday to make the most of your holiday, and these tips — brought to you by Starbucks, your summer starting point for all day refreshment — will help you do just that. Not a lucky so-and-so? You can still get your morning going with Iced Coffee, relax at lunch with an Iced Tea, and recharge your afternoon with a Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage.  … Read More

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5 Ways to Make Today a Summer Vacation Day

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You’ve long since graduated high school, but just because you can no longer (honestly) sing “No more pencils, no more books / No more teachers’ dirty looks,” doesn’t mean you have to abandon the thrill of summer vacation. These tips are brought to you by Starbucks, your summer starting point for all-day refreshment. Let’s go! … Read More

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15 Things You Should Do Today

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There are a lot of how-to guides and tips for better living out there, but we’ve boiled it down to a simple 15 tasks. Check out these 15 things you can do today to refresh your routine, brought to you by Starbucks, your summer starting point for all-day refreshment!  … Read More

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How to Refresh Your Afternoon With a Quick “Roadtrip”

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In a perfect world, you’d be able to hit the road for days or weeks at a time this summer. Alas, you’re an “adult” with “responsibilities” and a “job.” But you can still schedule time for a mini “roadtrip” during your work day. Check out these revitalizing pro tips, brought to you by Starbucks, your summer starting point for all day refreshment. … Read More

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The 12 Most Unnecessary Pumpkin-Flavored Products

Fall is in the air, and that means, once again, it’s that time of year when nothing’s safe from being pumpkinized. This year, the endless flurry of pumpkin- and pumpkin-spice-flavored goods and services seems to have gotten a bit out of hand. The popularity of Starbucks’ autumnally emblematic Pumpkin Spice Latte has ushered in an anything-goes mentality among marketing strategists, leading some to compare the newfound ubiquity of pumpkin to bacon, others to remind us of the oft-forgotten history of the pumpkin-spice trade, and yet other rabid partisans to come to its defense.

But whether we actually like pumpkin or we’re simply addicted to corn syrup and pumpkin pie spice seems beside the point; there are certain things that are just better off free from pumpkin tyranny. We’ve put together a list of some of the stranger manifestations of the pumpkin craze we’ve seen this season. Stock up while these last, because it’s only a matter of time before all the candy canes and “holiday spice” products take over. … Read More

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A Selection of Brands’ Responses to Their Products’ Depiction on TV and Film

Placing brand named products on either the big or small screen can be a tricky feat. Even if a movie or TV show is actually being sponsored by a particular company and is contractually bound to include them in the script, the company isn’t always happy with the way it’s represented. But the stakes can… Read More

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The Craziest Starbucks That You’ve Ever Seen

Should you make your way to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, a popular Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Japan, you’ll find this eye-catching new Starbucks among the more traditional buildings along your path. The brainchild of the architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates, the coffee shop was built using “a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally” — over 2,000 batons to be precise.

“Piling up of small parts from the ground was highly developed in the traditional architecture of Japan and China,” they explain. “This time the method was greatly improved in combination with state-of-the art technology so that people are brought further into the architecture. It is a fluid, cave-like space.” Do you find the resulting space as unique and visually appealing as we do? Does looking at these images make you crave an iced Venti? … Read More

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Famous Logos Cleverly Reimagined

We love these clever reimaginings of famous logos that Stock Logos created. The website looked at technology titans like Apple and Microsoft — and brand names like Starbucks and Gap — and put a humorous spin on their symbols with a minimalist twist. Did we mention the website imagines what the designs looked like in the past and future? Volkswagen was just starting to produce cars in 1939 when World War II broke out — which may explain the runic symbolism of Stock Logo’s earliest version. Nokia’s logo completely disappears by the time 2015 rolls around (sounds about right), Firefox’s future is a wash by 2050 — a sad end to its firebird beginnings, and IBM finally gets the “blue screen of death” in 2042. Check them all out past the break, and tell us which ones seem most accurate. … Read More

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Popular Logos Viewed Through the Eyes of a Five-Year-Old

After watching this video that Ohio designer Adam Ladd created with his five-year-old daughter, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear. Ladd asked her to share her thoughts about popular logos belonging to some of the world’s biggest corporations. She candidly shares her feelings about each image — in only a way that a five-year-old can — and the commentary is adorable, insightful, and allows you to look at age-old brands in a refreshing way. She instantly recognizes the Disney, Apple, and McDonald’s logos, which isn’t too surprising. Other symbols are simplified to a funny degree. Starbucks simply becomes the “coffee logo,” and anything that looks like it could be a cheetah is a cheetah (Greyhound, Puma, etc.). Check out her commentary past the break. … Read More

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