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Starbucks White Cup Contest 

“The cups are such a great canvas because you can try an abstract design and just keep adding to it,” said Briar Waterman, creative director for Starbucks digital team. “The design variations can be infinite.”

Waterman said he’s inspired by the creativity he sees throughout the Starbucks social community with cup art that’s been posted on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. People are already experimenting with different mediums, and he suggests they should “turn up the volume” on their creativity with this contest.

“The iconic white cup is our billboard,” Hanna [Starbucks director of environmental impact] said “and the reusable cup is an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy.”

Starbucks $1 reusable cup, designed to look like the company’s paper cups, debuted in January of 2013. The plastic cup is sturdier than paper, but thinner than a typical tumbler with a lifespan of about 30 uses. The cups have interior lines to denote a "tall" or "grande" size. Customers receive a dime discount for each refill in the cup, so it pays for itself after 10 uses. And, baristas will clean the reusable cups for customers with a boiling-water rinse before each refill.

Here's a look at some of the nearly 4,000 entries. See the Pinterest page for more. 

On June 23 they announced the winner of the contest. Brita Lynn Thompson, a 20-year-old community college student in Pittsburgh is getting noticed for her doodling as the winner of the Starbucks White Cup Contest. Brita’s winning design will be available this fall on a limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cup. Here's her design. 



Wake Up With The Nescafé Alarm Cap (video)

Does your coffee wake you up? Well, Nescafé is making sure it does with it's new, innovative, 3D printed alarm cap. It glows and plays seven different tones synchronized with light, which are scientifically proven to create a soft and natural awakening. To turn it off, you must twist the cap off which then emanates the unique aroma of the coffee. 

H/T: Design Milk


Grower's Cup: Brew Coffee and Tea In A Pouch (video)

Grower's Cup is taking specialty coffee and tea to the next level by introducing a brewing pouch. 2 cups of coffee or tea is brewed directly in the bag. The Coffeebrewer is best described as a single-brew French press. 

Inside the pouch is a filter with 18g of freshly ground specialty coffee or tea. To brew 2 cups, all you need to do is: open, pour 300ml hot water into the pouch, and let it brew 2-4 minutes. Not only is this easy to brew, the quality of the coffee and tea come from the top 1% of the products harvested. Now you can have select, top quality coffee and tea when you go camping, travelling (because we know how some hotel coffee can be) or just to have at home or in the office as a great conversation piece. 

Each Grower’s Cup pouch costs between £1 - £1.50 ($1.70 - $2.50) and they come in 12 different varieties using coffee beans from single estates.

HT: Fast Co Design


Starbucks Japan Offers Unique Flavors

Only at Starbucks Japan can you find these limited edition drinks that are layered with unique flavors. What makes Starbucks Japan interesting is the pace at which they are able to create and bring to market these new and often unexpected flavors. Some of these very limited flavors are available for just one month. This is just a sampling of what was released in 2013 and 2014. To see more, check out their Japanese website (it can automatically be translated in Google Chrome). 

Sakura for Springtime

Cherry chocolate latte with strawberry flavor topping, cherry blossom petals, strawberry candy and strawberry flavored whipped cream.







Chocolate Pretzels Mocha

Sweet chocolate, pretzels with chocolate sauce and whipped cream, chocolate syrup, espresso, and steamed milk.








White Tiramisu Frappuccino

Bittersweet coffee flavor with flaky black biscuits and white chocolate brownie, finished with cocoa powder and cheese mousse cream.








Chunky Cookies Frappuccino

Almond and chocolate chunk cookie mixed with a Frappucino giving it a slightly crunchy texture. 






Fresh Banana & Chocolate or Caramel Cream Frappuccino

A whole banana is blended into the Chocolate or Caramel Cream Frappuccino. 


Starbucks: Upside Down and Always Full

This is not 3 cups of Starbucks coffee. It's actually 3 mugs designed by Japanese firm Nendo for Starbucks - upside down. The printed bottom is reflective of the coffee company’s view of feeling ‘fulfilled, and seeing the glass as half-full, never half-empty’.  The mugs come in 3 design flavors: mug americano, mug latte and mug caramel macchiato. 

When the mugs are drying or stored upside down, they always appear full – a visual reminder to always have a positive mental attitude.

The mug collection is being sold at Starbucks Japan shops starting March 2014. 



Heineken Taps Krups To Create THE SUB (video)

Heineken, the Dutch beer company, has tapped Krups, most famous for their coffee machines, to develop "a revolutionary new draught experience for the home".Together, they have come up with THE SUB for a perfect pour every time. It's quite futuristic in design – perfect for the game room, kitchen or "the man cave". 

THE SUB holds 2 liters, 8 glasses, of beer in THE TORP. THE TORP is like a bullet that fits inside THE SUB. THE TORP can be ordered online for home delivery or purchased at select stores. Here are the details:

Here's THE SUB in action:

François-Xavier Mahot, senior director global Innovation at Heineken, said in a statement that the initiative addresses one of the fastest growing beer segments, the urban, at-home market.

The Sub will be available in 2014, rolling out initially in France and Italy and then to other markets. Outside of the dispenser and kegs, Heineken will also be selling other Sub-branded accessories including glassware, mats, a skimmer and serving case.




Ministry Of Supply: Coffee, Robotic Knitting and Socks

Ministry Of Supply is a high-tech performance based fashion brand. This isn't your hiking shorts and shirt, this is high-performance gear for the office. It is all about "Performance Professional, High-tech material science ad manufacturing meets professional wear." Now they are introducing the Atlas socks. The company was founded in 2010 by MIT engineers...smarty pants! (no pun intended)

Atlas socks use coffee infused fibers to repel smell. "The Atlas socks are a high-tech version of traditional dress socks. Specially engineered to provide comfort at key pressure points on the foot, Ministry of Supply uses a robotic knitting process — sort of like 3D printing — to make the socks. What’s more, the fibers are infused with carbonized coffee grounds which supposedly absorb odor." Watch how it all happens here:



What Your Coffee Says About You

Hmm, I'm an espresso, latte and iced coffee combo. Where does your coffee choice say about you?