First World Problems: Starbucks

Starbucks recently announced they are changing their rewards program … MAJOR FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. One of my co-workers seems personally offended by the changes, but he’s always had a beef with their rewards program (doesn’t feel it is rewarding enough).

FWP #1: No more free soy milk. Rewards members would get free soy milk and syrups. Not anymore. BOO. The vegan and lactose intolerant individuals of the world are pissed. (Although they only offer VANILLA soy milk and not unsweetened … major first world problem.)

FWP #2: No more free tall drink with purchase of beans. I work in a small office, and we do not have free coffee. So another co-worker and I take turns buying coffee grounds and making coffee in a french press, since we are the only two regular coffee drinkers. (And we are apparently super pretentious.) (And we go to Starbucks in the afternoon if we need another coffee boost … too lazy to make our own coffee TWICE in one day.) We would splurge on Starbucks beans because it meant a free drink. Not anymore. Now we’ll have to “slum” it and buy grounds from Trader Joe’s.

FWP #3: I spend too much money on coffee. I’m finally one of “those people” who is recognized by baristas at my local (to my office) Starbucks. At least I don’t order something totally pretentious like a Skinny Caramel Latte. (I just go with a regular latte … no soy milk for me anymore … gotta “save” my money.)

Speaking of Starbucks, I’ve been downtown a lot this week forΒ Social Media Week, and have been squeezing in some work at various Starbuckses (Starbucki?) between sessions … or blogger lunches.Β Kim and I met up at Native Foods Cafe for lunch today. I’ve been jealous of Kelly’s and her lunch dates there! So now I have drank the kool-aid and am a fan. Although we forgot to take a picture. So …

Totally looks like we’re eating lunch together, right?

In other news, one of the Social Media Week sessions I attended today was on Dad Bloggers, and one of them said something like “there are no cool kids in blogging … we’re all dorks.” Um, I have no idea what he means by that …

(And to anyone who thinks I have the coolest job ever … you’re right. I do. I get paid to Facebook and Twitter and blog and educate myself on new ways to Facebook and Twitter and blog … but if you can believe it, it’s harder than you think. You fans/followers can be a tough nut to crack. Especially in a field as unsexy as healthcare.)

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11 Comments on “First World Problems: Starbucks”

    1. The event I attended today was at Tribune Tower. So far I haven’t actually been to any presentations at any agencies. Although I have been to the Google office! I think tomorrow I might attend a session at an agency, one I think I interviewed with a looooong time ago. (Possibly for an internship during college.)

  1. Ok, I actually really like TJ’s dark roast. I actually prefer it to Starbucks. You need to add a bit more than the Starbucks ground, not a ton but extra. For half the price, I am slumming it.

    1. Oooh good to know! I actually have no problem with cheap coffee. At home we buy the Folgers/Stewarts/Maxwell House in the giant containers for everyday drinking.

  2. Ha ha. It is funny that we have beef with the program, because… they could NOT have a program at all! It’s true I got the card to get the free soy, but now I will probably just go less. I could save that money πŸ˜‰

    Had fun with you at lunch! Looking forward to it again today πŸ™‚ We’ll remember a pic this time.

    What? No cool bloggers? YES WE ARE!!!

  3. My favorite place for coffee is the local old school diner. You sit down, flip over the coffee mug and the waitress pours you a cup. Then every 3 minutes or so, she comes back to top it off! Okay, the coffee isn’t really that good, but I love the diner/coffee experience. I also ride a caffeine buzz for 10 hours after I leave. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m the same way when I go to breakfast places. You really have to stop them to not fill your cup. Actually my favorite coffee chain in Caribou, but they are few and far between, and now that I have a Starbucks card, I feel forced to only go there for coffee. As someone who works in marketing … I hate when I fall for marketing!

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