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Starbucks celebrates Birthday with Free Stuff

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Starbucks is turning 40! It has a new logo, new twists on classic favorite drinks, new low calorie desert offerings and is giving away free treats from March 10-12.  Sounds like Starbucks is going over the hill in style.

From its humble beginnings as a Seattle coffee shop in 1971, Starbucks has since become a household name.  Their signature Pike Place Roast is still a favorite among Starbucks regulars and their frappaccinos are a summertime signature.

In honor of their 40th, they are releasing Starbucks Tribute Blend™ a spicy, full-bodied blend of four very special coffees: Aged Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, Sun-Dried Ethiopia and Colombia. It has deep cherry flavors to satisfy those who love that smooth coffee experience.

For the next three days, Starbucks will be giving out free Petites, their new line of tiny desserts for fewer than 200 calories each.  From 2-5pm March 10-12, you can get a free Petite with any drink purchase.  These include scrumptious Tiramisu Cake Pops, Salted Caramel Sweet Squares, their mini Carrot Cupcake and a little Lemon Sweet Square.  All of them sound so delicious!

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is also debuting his book that follows Starbucks through their 40 year journey from small coffee shop to a worldwide corporate chain.  His book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the development of their company and the changes it has experienced since the beginning.  They are offering this book for 40% off during the Tribute Days this weekend.

Take a look at an interview with employees from the very first Starbucks in Seattle :

Will you be stopping by a Starbucks this weekend? What dessert makes your mouth water? Do you want to try their newest coffee? And what do you think of that updated logo?

Photo by Marco Pakoeningrat.

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