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StarbucksMelody.com is the leading Starbucks news and information website. We feature articles about Starbucks, Teavana, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, Tazo tea, and the Starbucks concept stores, such as Roy Street Coffee and Tea and the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

Since September 2009, I’ve been giving you the best Starbucks news on the web. I update with fresh content a minimum of three times a week. I live in Seattle close to the Roastery, 1912 Pike Place, and the headquarters, and so there’s isn’t a better vantage point to write about Starbucks from.

Please subscribe – There’s a place to enter your email address on the homepage in the left column, near the bottom. Follow me on Twitter for regular Starbucks updates.

This website is a major source of Starbucks news – I’ve been linked to by these great media sites and more:

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Starbucks is now testing a super cute 10 ounce mini Frappuccino.

 

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And many more!

Guest Article Submission Guidelines and Story Ideas:

The experts at StarbucksMelody are always looking for new Starbucks stories! Please contact me via the Contact Form on this site if you have a Starbucks story idea. I’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to write guest articles, please submit your article for submission. Suggested length is 300 to 500 words with at least one original anchor photo. Keep in mind, I only publish content directly related to Starbucks and their brands.

Over all, this unofficial Starbucks news site will present a positive and uplifting view of Starbucks. However, I do not work for Starbucks and absolutely will – when a relevant and valuable conversation may be productive – write articles critical of the brand and their campaigns. If you want to guest write for this news site, I’m more likely to publish positive and uplifting articles.

Why are there ads on this blog?

For a long time, I was married to the idea that this blog would be ad-free. From September 2009 to November 2014, I kept this blog ad free. However, over the years, I’ve invested a lot into this site. It’s moved hosting providers three times. I’ve hired and contracted people to do website updates – it didn’t start out as a mobile phone responsive site in 2009. I’ve spent untold amounts on giveaways and even just presents for regular readers and commenters. The expense has been enormous. I finally decided that I would try to recover a tiny fraction of what I’ve spent via ad revenue. The purpose of this blog is – and will always remain – great Starbucks stories!

Comment policy:

This is my blog and not a public space.  Critical discussion is fine.   I will, however, decline to approve (or  delete your comment) if you descend into personal attacks, inappropriate language, disrespectful behavior, or excessive self-promotion and link-baiting.

42 Comments

  1. Michelle
    March 22, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    Hey Melody,

    Love the new look! :) Especially the bottom of the main page that has the older topics condensed into the smaller area. It makes it a lot easier to read! (less scrolling)

    Also, the twitter bird is adorable.

  2. DadCooks
    March 27, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Like the new look. Refreshing appearance and good improvements in navigation.

    Melody, your content continues to be first rate and informative.

    Thanks ;0)

  3. Melody
    March 27, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    (@Michelle and DadCooks) – thank you for the nice comments about the new site. It means the world to me and especially that you like the content. That’s the hard part! LOL. Hope to see you commenting on the blog. DadCooks – I will see you at MSI! Take care, Melody

  4. 1yogagirl
    April 1, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    I just love your blog. It’s so awesome. I didn’t know that the Tazo tea hdq’s was in Portland oregon. Now I’d like to go there and see it in person. Thanks for the info about tea. I love tea.

  5. Dave
    April 2, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Hey Melody,

    I’m the guy with baby with whom you chatted at the under cover Starbucks on 15th. Nice blog. I’m going to call Starbucks right now for another gold card. It was nice to meet you!

    -Dave

  6. Melody
    April 2, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Hi Dave! It was nice meeting you! I remember you. You were the nice guy with the really cute baby in your arms and and in your free hand you had the Gold Card with a non-functioning magnetic strip. I hope Starbucks can easily replace it for you. Good Luck! And please come back and comment again and tell your friends about my site. :) (Sorry, I have to promote myself a bit). Take care! Melody

  7. UrbanVoy
    April 22, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    Hi melody

    The site looks great. Interesting articles – especially on the book.

    Keep it up!

    Jose

  8. Melody
    April 23, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    @UrbanVoy – It’s great to see that you’ve come back! I saw your posts on MSI and nearly fell off my chair seeing you’re back!! I hope you’ll leave a few comments here too. You’ve always got great insights, even when we passionately disagree, as we have in the past!
    Melody

  9. Vernie Espanola
    June 2, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    Hi! I love anything Starbucks also. Matter of fact I even created a Philippine Starbucks Collectors and Planners for a social networking site called NING.COM. However, they phased out the free service so I have no recourse but just deleted the site. But then I’m one of those bloggers that can’t get enough of starbucks. The one thing, I really love to have was to have a SAKURA TUMBLER from Japan. Sadly, I don’t know anyone from Japan that can get me one and I don’t want to “bid” at Ebay. The prices there is appalling! =). Nice site…kepp it up!

  10. Melody
    June 2, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    Hi Vernie! Welcome! Did you see I did one blog post that sort of relates to the Starbucks Experience in the Philippines? It was this one here:
    http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2010/04/10/starbucks-in-the-philippines-the-around-the-globe-and-chalk-art-adventures-continue/

    I’ve heard that internationally those planners made by Starbucks are a huge hit, but we don’t really have the same thing going on in the United States.

    I agree that Japan has some really beautiful tumblers, and great merchandise. Actually, I generally think the international markets really get some amazing merchandise. I featured a Japanese cherry blossom tumbler here:
    http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2010/02/20/starbucks-around-the-globe-japan/

    Hope to see you back again soon! I also looked at your site too, and I will come back to it again. Well done.

  11. Vernie Espanola
    June 2, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    Thanks Melody, I even made a link back of your blog. Planners are the “in” thing here in the Philippines. Most of us would anticipate the coming of November when I think its the month that start getting our stickers to get our that planner. It is a huge hit and we look forward when new tumblers are being displayed.

    I hope someone from Japan would read this and maybe get in touch with me as I really wanted to have a SAKURA tumbler. The tumblers from Japan had these cute designs so far.

  12. DTA
    June 25, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    I want to buy Starbucks store art. Specifically, the Italian Roast (red scooter) picture (small or large) that is hung currently in many Starbucks. I’ve searched craigslist and ebay with no luck. Anyone here know where one can purchase a piece? I was told by a Starbucks employee that every few years each Starbucks gets renovated and the art is given away to the public or any employees. Thanks DTA

  13. Coach T
    June 30, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    Melody,

    Wow! This is nice! I love starbucks too, but you took it too a new level! Beautiful! Congrats!

    Coach T

  14. Francesca
    August 2, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Hi Melody and Melody fans!

    I worked at Starbucks from 1995-2004. Just getting ready to donate some clothing to charity, and I came across a bunch of SB t-shirts with various promotions. Are there any fans out there who collect Starbucks shirts? I’m happy to contribute to your collection! Just thought I’d check before donating them. Would love to see them in a happy home. You have a great blog!

  15. Patrick Hitches
    August 22, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    I heard about you from my starbucks guy here in Raleigh, NC and he said you were the Starbucks Guru of sorts!! I was chatting with you on twitter the other day and have now stumbled on this site… You Rock Mel! I’m excited to follow your posts as I too am an avid daily starbucks lover. I am about to walk from coast to coast here starting Sept 11th and I WILL be stopping at any and all starbucks along the way to do all my writing and enjoy a beverage!

    You rock and I will be chiming in from time to time to give you a heads up on my favorite locations!! :)

    Have a great Sunday Mel…

    Patrick

  16. Derek
    October 8, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Melody,

    Love Starbucks and love this website! Great job.

    As a website designer myself, I just had the question regarding using Starbucks Trademark in your domain name. Did you successfully gain permission to use the name, or just hoping they will leave you alone, since your giving Starbucks free advertising in a positive undertone.

    Reason I ask is being in the industry, Iv’e seen so many companies dispute with ICANN to get their trademark name domain variations transferred to them for free. Just wondering what was your winning strategy here. I have a few ideas for other websites and never kicked them off for this fear.

    Thanks! Keep up the wonderful work!
    Derek

  17. Melody
    October 8, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    Hello Derek! I hope you will join in this blog in a coffee conversation kind of way. I was reluctant to approve this comment because you could just substitute any corporate name in and find a fan blog and ask the same question. I’m not a trademark lawyer and I don’t play one on t.v. and I don’t provide legal advice on this blog. I won’t be answering your question. Sorry.

    There are NUMEROUS Starbucks fan blogs. I’m in competition with literally at least a half a dozen other Starbucks blogs. I would say that many well-loved corporations have fan blogs whether you are dealing with the major Ikea fan blog – http://www.ikeafans.com/ or the major LuLuLemon fan blog – http://luluaddict.blogspot.com/. And the funny thing, having seen other Starbucks blogs out there, this one is small potatos. I still love the community here though.

    Best coffee wishes,
    Melody

  18. Jagyoung
    October 29, 2010 @ 1:23 am

    Hello.I love collecting starbucks city mug.
    I can get the information on stabucks here

    thank you, I would visit here again.

  19. Dave
    October 29, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    City Mugs! I’ve been living on a boat for the last 4 years. I just moved to land and unpacked my prized City Mug collection. Awesome.

  20. jj1
    November 9, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    Great site! Me LOVE coffee! Hmmmm mmm! *Chug*

  21. Audrey
    November 16, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    Hello Melody,

    Just came across your site today. I love your site, it’s very clean looking and pleasing to the eye. I don’t drink coffee, but I am a self admitted Starbucks Chai Tea Latte addict. I have been to many Starbucks all over the world. I have a very nice collection of their city mugs. Continued success with your blog :)

    Audrey

  22. Larry Lourcey
    February 3, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Hey Melody! Love the blog – wonderful design. You certainly are passionate about your coffee!

    Larry

  23. Melody
    February 3, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Hi Larry! Thank you for dropping by! How did you find this blog? Are you a Starbucks fan too? I worked with http://www.wildsagemarketing.com when it comes to the actual blog creation, though I create the content.
    Hope you’ll poke around and join in the community.
    Thanks again!
    ~Melody

  24. Jenny Wi
    February 4, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    Hi guys!!

    I am currently studying at the University of Hull in Great Britain and working on my Independent Study which is about store atmospherics at STARBUCKS! I have therefore created a questionnaire and would be very grateful if you support me and fill it out! I promise, it will take less than 2 minutes, its very short!
    If you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask me!

    Thank you very much!

    You only need to click on the link below:

    http://www.q-set.de/q-set.php?sCode=XZZFPYJBTEDJ

    @Melody: This as a very nice designed web site! Looks very good and is more than appealing =)

  25. Michael Gilroy
    July 1, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I’m a vagabond and complete Starbucks addict (some do crack, cocainne, meth, etc… I do Starbucks) And I go town hopping and frequently end up in Starbucks. I have my gold card, and always enjoy the “at home” experience Starbucks gives me. I have poured over your site and I find it to have an awesome positive vibe, and am going to bookmark it. I was just in Madison, WI and saw the new (and only) clover store in the state of Wisconsin. Partners seemed so happy there as a result of the change. When I asked about it a partner looked at the clover machine longngly and said “yep, that’s our new baby”
    I love your blog. Happy starbucks drinking.

  26. Curious Liz
    July 6, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Hi Melody,

    I just sent you an email, asking about your blog, and realized that there was a “why” am I doing it, and I think it’s great.

    Inspired me to tell you what I love most about Starbucks, the fact that I can go to Peru, and order my drink in English! Goooooo Starbucks!

  27. Kim @ The Family Practice
    January 18, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Melody, I met you when I was working at the Pike Place store – also when I was working at the 5th and Pine store. I don’t know if you remember me… I was pregnant and doing coffee tastings at Pike Place….
    Anyway, I LOVE that you have a blog and that I’ve managed to stumble across it now! Hope you are doing well!

  28. Tom in San Diego
    April 7, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    Yo Melody: Love staying up wiht everything you do and keep those emails coming, and the blog rocking. The new store manager down here at the Mission Valley/Mission Center store really appreciated your welcome.

    BTW as for welcomes, very dear friends of mine are arriving in Seattle today – continuing their courageous battle against his cancer, and hope you can guide them to a good store by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center over by Lake Union.

    All the best. :)

    Tom in San Diego

  29. Melody
    April 8, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    Hi Tom in San Diego! It is always good to hear from you. Nice seeing you again. Thanks for sharing the blog with your favorite store’s manager. I hope that he or she will read this site! I’ve always believed that there is valuable information here. :D

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend struggling with cancer. I know we’ve emailed before, and I owe you an email back.

    I think one of the closest Starbucks to Fred Hutch might be this one:
    http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2012/01/02/grand-opening-starbucks-opens-a-new-clover-and-future-beer-and-wine-store-in-seattle/

    There is also a Starbucks on westlake and Thomas, but oddly, I don’t know that I’ve ever been to it.

    Have a happy Easter and I’m wishing you the best.

    Melody

  30. Ray
    July 18, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I’m a Starbucks junkie…love their Espresso Beans and couldn’t get through many days without a few Cap. or Latte’s. However, I live in a small town in Alberta, Canada and it is 130 miles to the nearest Starbucks.

    I can purchase most blends locally (or through Staples), but, can’t find a mail order or local supplier for Espresso beans. Annoyingly enough, Starbucks.com does NOT ship to a Canadian address.

    I feel the company is failing me by refusing to ship to me. Any one feel this way?

    Ray

  31. Melody
    July 18, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Hi Ray,
    I wish I could move your comment to the recent thread about the StarbucksStore.com, because it would fit there. But this blog doesn’t have such technology (I actually think most don’t).
    http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2012/07/16/starbucksstostarbucksstore-logo-merchandise-mouse-pads-grocery-sacks-and-more/
    All I can say is that on Twitter, the StarbucksStore.com profile has repeatedly said they’re working on being able to ship outside of the US. I think that eventually they will.
    http://twitter.com/starbucksstore

  32. Tyler
    August 1, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Hi

    Saw your blog about the mugs as my girlfriend has been travelling the world the last couple of years collecting starbucks global icon mugs. She recently has gotten really ill but I still surprised her with a trip to Seattle to check out the very first store. She was super disappointed that these mugs have been discontinued. Just wondering where you would suggest I could a Pike Place Mug or Seattle mug for her. I really think this would lift her spirits and any ideas would help. Thank you

    Tyler

  33. Carson
    January 19, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    Hi Melody! I actually ran into you in Seattle a couple weeks ago at the Starbucks on 4th and Seneca. Your blog is very insightful and cool!
    You should totally do a post about one of 2 container store in the US (23rd and Union) in Tacoma! We would love to have you!

  34. Melody
    January 19, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi Carson – I remember meeting you! You stood in front of me in line, and we got to talking about the brand new Tacoma store at 23 & Union! In fact, I drove down there the following weekend, and took photos, wrote and an article, and then de-published the same day. The one thing about this blog is that it’s large enough that it gets read pretty closely by Starbucks partners at the hq, and so if I’m pretty off-base, they’ll email me to let me know. It rarely happens that I get such an email. But here’s what happened: I wrote the article as “new shipping container store in Tacoma” (it was the headline and the url!) and learned from the headquarters that that store at 23 & Union is actually NOT made from shipping containers. I depublished it thinking I’d re-write it later. Though I never did get around to re-writing it. That’s the truth. Your store at 23rd & Union is beautiful. And I met a totally nice barista named Kristen, I think. But it’s a new, special modular design not made of shipping containers, that Starbucks tried out.

    There are about five or six shipping container Starbucks, as far as I know – http://www.starbucksmelody.com/2013/10/18/chicago-shipping-container-starbucks/

  35. Allie Kuopus
    February 10, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    Hi Melody,

    I found your blog for a grad school project and have to say, I am impressed! I don’t know how you know so much about Starbucks, but, as a relative novice in the coffee world, Starbucks included, your enthusiasm and expertise on the subject make me want to visit the Starbucks down the block from my boyfriend’s immediately! Keep the posts comin!

  36. Annalie
    February 26, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    Hi! Love your site and your passion. I’m a partner in NYC that somehow stumbled upon your Instagram. :)

  37. Viola Stuckey
    June 2, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    Hello Melody, I have just come across your blog because I’ve was trying to find the Starbucks lunch box, and in the search found you. What a delightful time I’ve had reading a bit of your book as well as your site. As a partner, I’m excited to hear that there the green apron we put on every day actually creates inspired moments in peoples’ lives. I look forward to connecting with you over coffee and your blog. Viola

  38. JenniferMarie
    June 8, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Hi Melody! Just stopping through to check things out, it’s been a minute since I visited the blog site. OMG! I just realized I never sent you a THANK YOU! for the wonderful cards you sent me via mail to help me start my collection. I have read the book and loved it, left you 4 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. I plan on sending my hard copy for your autograph!

  39. June
    June 10, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    I would go to Starbucks again if they offered coconut milk! Melody, how do you know so much about Starbucks news and products?

  40. H
    February 12, 2015 @ 1:45 am

    Hey,

    I was doing a search for promotional SB shirts and came across your blog. It seems to be the most complete that I could find. The reason I was searching was that I found an old picture of myself around 2004/2005. I was wearing a white promotional shirt with a short sentence on the front. My brother was working at SB at the time and gave me his old promotional shirts. I forgot what the phrase said but I just remember it being something I liked and now I cant remember. So Ive been searching and searching. It has become one of those “i cant remember his/her name, or song name etc” things that is driving me mad. i was wondering If you had any incite as to what it might be. I think it was frappuccino related. This is kind of a long shot, but hey, why not ask? :). Thanks for your time.

  41. Francis
    March 4, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    Hey Melody, love your blog. As a 13 year SBux partner I think I can help out H …. it was a promo tshirt that came out to promote our frappucinos. On the front of the white tshirt it says Strawberry Chocolate or Vanilla oh what a sweet conundrum the word strawberry in red chocolate in brown and vanilla in yellow ink and on the back center top it has the sbux logo and under the logo it says summertime’s back . i hope it helps keep up the great work ;- ) btw yes I am obviously addicted to sbux my favorite drink is a hazelnut americano with room.

  42. Ethan Menendez
    March 22, 2015 @ 10:31 pm

    Looks great! Easy to navigate!!!!

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