I Heart Starbucks

Thursday, October 28, 2010
I have long been a big fan of Starbucks. I credit the movie You've Got Mail. If you've seen the movie, you know that there is a scene in the movie where both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan just miss each other on respective visits to Starbucks. While waiting in line to order her drink, Ryan's character goes through a diatribe about the ordering process and how you can tell a lot about someone through what they order and the way that they do it.
I saw that movie on it's release date, Christmas Day 1999. The very next day, I rushed to my nearest Starbucks for the very first time. The rest, my dear readers, is history. I was hooked.

Now, let me tell you that I am not a coffee drinker. Before that very first Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks, I had never had a sip of coffee in my life. No. Not even in college. I was never a coffee drinker. Didn't like the smell, and therefore could never bring myself to have a taste. I still don't like coffee, per se. I like the fancy drinks: lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and mochas. You know, the ones with a shot of espresso and lots of steamed milk and whipped cream.

About 2 months ago, on a routine stop at Starbucks, Emma picked up a brochure that read, "Can we buy you a drink?" She handed it to me. I saw the word "free" and just had to have a look. What I learned in that brochure has changed my life. OK, that may be a bit dramatic. I've been using Starbucks gift cards for years. It's what people buy me for every special occasion. Not once, had I ever registered one of those cards. Get this. Register your card and you can earn stars towards free drinks. Free drinks! From Starbucks! After earning 30 stars, you get a personalized Gold Card. Check mine out!

Once you earn 30 stars, you earn a free drink with every 15 stars. Plus, there are other perks such as free refills on regular coffee and iced tea, free drink customizations, and more. I can't believe I had gone years without knowing about the Gold Card.

Here I am sipping my favorite drink: a solo venti skim iced white mocha.I often wonder how many others were so easily influenced by that one little scene in You've Got Mail. They definitely had me.

For more information about the Starbucks Gold Card, visit http://www.starbucks.com/

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