Entries from May 2011 ↓

Price Increase for Starbucks Coffee

Coffee drinkers are facing another round of price increases as Starbucks, J.M. Smucker, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters pass along the rising costs of beans.

Starbucks confirmed Wednesday it will raise the prices for bagged coffee sold at its U.S stores by 17 percent, and 6 percent at its Canadian locations, effective July 12.

Its move comes a day after J.M. Smucker raised prices for the fourth time in the past year. Smucker, which sells Folgers, Dunkin Donuts and Millstone, is upping those prices by 11 percent.

Since May 2010, Smucker has jacked up prices 34 percent to try to stay a step ahead of the commodities market. Starbucks is raising prices for a 12-ounce bag of coffee at its U.S. stores to a range of $11.95 to $14.95. It is the first price increase since September 2009. The last time Starbucks raised prices for bagged coffee at its Canadian locations was in October 2007. The Seattle company last year raised prices for some of its drinks to counter rising costs for milk and unroasted beans. Green Mountain said May 3 it’s raising prices by 10 percent.

That comes after an increase last fall of 10 percent to 15 percent on K-Cup portion packs used in the company’s Keurig single-cup coffee brewer.

Over the past 12 months, coffee contract prices for Arabica beans are up 99 percent on the IntercontinentalExchange. That has prompted Maxwell House coffee maker Kraft Foods to raise prices three times since August 2010, an increase amounting to 43 percent.

Via SunHerald.com

Starbucks Team Up With Lady Gaga

What do you get when the world’s hottest star teams up with the world’s most popular coffee store? Gagabucks?

Well, that’s not quite it but from May 23 onwards, Lady Gaga and Starbucks, through Starbucks Digital Network in partnership with Yahoo! will be giving away giving away a limited number of downloads for her new song “The Edge of Glory” to the first little monsters to claim them. Also, you can listen to the Special Edition of Born This Way all day. To get on the Starbucks Digital Network, just get on Starbucks free Wi-Fi at participating stores in the US and go to starbucks.yahoo.com.

Lady Gaga and Starbucks Digital Network in partnership with Yahoo!

Gong Cha’s House Special Milk Coffee

Gong Cha may be popular for its signature milk teas, but milk teas are not the only drinks that are good. The "House Special Milk Coffee" is highly recommended too!

Gong Cha House Special Milk Coffee
Gong Cha House Special Milk Coffee

On our first try, we ordered "Less sugar (70%)" and regular ice, it turned out sweet and nice as it did not deter the coffee taste.

Gong Cha House Special Milk Coffee with 30% sugar level
Gong Cha House Special Milk Coffee with 30% sugar level

On our second try, we ordered "Little sugar (30%)" and it was not sweet at all.

Overall, Gong Cha’s House Special Milk Coffee is great like its milk teas, nothing short of distinctive and strong coffee flavor. For our next visit, maybe we’ll just order "Half sugar (50%)" for optimum taste.

Gong Cha’s House Special Milk Coffee retails at MYR 6.90. Available at Gong Cha Malaysia SS15 and The Gardens Mid Valley.

Gong Cha @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

Gong Cha is a popular bubble tea outlet from Taiwan and it has finally reached Malaysia after establishing itself in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Macau and Philippines. Besides its SS15 outlet, recently, it was opened in The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley, much later than its competitor.

Gong Cha, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley
Gong Cha, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley

You can choose the sugar level, i.e. No sugar (0%), Little sugar (30%), Half sugar (50%), Less sugar (70%) and Full sugar (100%) and how much ice you want, i.e. "Normal", "Less Ice" or "No Ice" I chose 30% sugar level and "Normal Ice" and the level of sweetness is still there but it’s lot healthier.

Gong Cha Signature Milk Green Tea
Gong Cha Signature Milk Green Tea

There are three ways to sip the milk tea.

  1. Sip the freshly brewed tea through the milk froth without a straw.
  2. Slurp some tea followed by the milk through the straw for a smooth aftertaste.
  3. Stir and enjoy a perfect blend of milky froth and aromatic tea.

But since I brought it back to my office and hence, the drink got mixed up by itself. Still, the milk green tea is quite tantalizing and refreshing.

Gong Cha Malaysia Menu
Gong Cha Malaysia Menu

Gong Cha Signature Milk Green Tea retails at MYR 5.90 but there are extra add-ons such as Pearl, Coconut Jelly, White Pearl, etc. which will cost additional MYR 1.00 to MYR 2.00.

Gong Cha is located at Lot S-238B, 2nd Floor at The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley.

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour Available Worldwide

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour is now available worldwide over 25 countries. Get the “However-You-Want-It” Frappuccino at half-price during the Frappuccino Happy Hour which is 3:00-5:00pm from May 6-15, 2011 at participating stores.

Get your Frappuccino at half-price today! Available in US & Canada. Offer varies in other countries. Check with your local baristas!

Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino

Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino

Mocha Coconut Frappuccino is a new drink introduced recently. It is made of rich mocha sauce and coconut-flavored syrup blended with coffee, fresh milk, and ice. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, mocha drizzle and toasted coconut flakes.

Get it at your nearest Starbucks store today. Available only in the US.