So the Starbucks aprons arrived yesterday though the mail but I only got a chance to take a closer look at them this evening.
The Red Apron
I found the red apron–which I assume is the one that the Starbucks Partners use during the Christmas holidays–to be the more functional of the two. It is equipped with two waist high pockets that are located on each side of the apron. There is also a pen holster hidden behind the left sleeve of the apron–no doubt meant to host the writing apparatus for those tricky beverage customizations. Continue reading “The Coffee Master (February 5, 2019)”
What was only meant to be a simple inquiry–well, more of a comment actually–on the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2018 Coffee Card suddenly took a life of its own when I was handed several by a Good Samaritan.
Nine to be exact.
I have always admired the Coffee Cards from a distance, but never ventured to inquire about them as I immediately assumed that the only way I could get one would be to purchase a bag of coffee beans[i].
So the question now is: Do I actually take the time to find the most “economically viable” way to get the rest of them?
In anticipation of this year’s Spring Festival and Valentines Day, Starbucks Philippines released six new cards in their stores today: Year of the Pig (Lunar New Year Card), Purple Heart (with the inscription, “Coffee Date.”), Red Heart (“Love You Lots”), Pink Heart (“Meant To Be”), Patterns Heart (“You’re Adorable”), and Reverse Triangle Heart (“You’re The Best”).
During the latter part of 2017, I noticed that I’ve slowly amassed a stack of Philippine issued Starbucks Cards. It was never my intention to collect them–it just happened. But I am getting ahead of myself; for you guys to understand the genesis of this collection, we need to go back to the beginning.
Four years ago, I purchased the first two local card designs released in the country with the intention of maximizing their new My Starbucks Rewards Program. The rewards program offered a number of enticing incentives such as a free drink–of the patron’s choice-when they registered their Starbucks Card over at www.starbuckscard.ph; a free Grande drink for every accumulated twelve (12) Beverage Stars; the option of pooling all of your future Starbucks Cards into a single account; and a free slice of cake during the registered card holder’s birthday[i]. Continue reading “Starting your Starbucks Card Collection [Yoda Style Jedi Training] (December 31, 2017)”
As I write this entry, I am immediately reminded of Michael Coreleone’s (Al Pacino) famous line from Godfather III,
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Granted, Coreleone was referring to his waning attempt towards legitimize his business and professional affairs, but I have always felt that my annual quest to procure yet another Starbucks Planner (or two) resonates just as loudly.
Every year it is the same story and—for better or for worse—it usually results in the same outcome…with just a different year on the cover.