TIME Food & Drink

There’s Bad News For Pumpkin Spice Latte Lovers


Patience is a virtue, they say

You’re going to have to wait a little longer this year to get your fix of Starbucks’ iconic fall beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. While last year the latte was available in stores starting August 26, this year, fans will have to wait until Sept. 8, CNBC reports.

The news will surely devastate fans who’ve been expecting to have a PSL in their hand on Sept. 1, the unofficial beginning of fall.

This has been a buzzy few days for the polarizing latte. Last week, Starbucks announced that they tweaked the classic recipe. They’ll now be adding real pumpkin, which has upset PSL-purists and excited PSL-skeptics, who never understood why the drink had “pumpkin” in its name without containing pumpkin.

For those who refuse to wait that extra week to get their hit of sweet, caffeinated autumn goodness, try making your own version at home. Or, simply enjoy the prolonging of summer.

This article originally appeared on People.com


Guess What Starbucks Just Added to Its Pumpkin Spice Latte?

No, it's not latte. And it's not spice.

Coffee giant Starbucks announced this week that when it brings back its seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall, the beverage will actually contain pumpkin.

Previously, the concoction had contained no pumpkin, but instead spices associated with pumpkin pie.

Also as part of the PSL reformulation, the drink will no longer be made with caramel food coloring, the company explained in a blog post.

Instead, the PSL will contain what the company calls “Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce.” Here’s Starbucks’ ingredient list for that:

Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% or Less of Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto…, Potassium Sorbate …, Salt)

The PSL’s spice topping will comprise cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove.

Although the company said the change came in response to feedback from customers and partners, at least one customer was disappointed with the new formula. Referring to the condensed skim milk in the Pumpkin Spice Flavored Sauce, commenter “JenSwift” wrote

As a vegan I am crushed I can’t have this. I was so hopeful when I read the announcement that you’d reformulated it. When I still drank dairy this was my favorite drink. I will love you forever when you make a vegan Pumpkin Spice flavoring.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Is About to Change

Starbucks Coffee Emerges As Largest Food Chain in Manhattan
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Coffee giant has shared a full ingredient list

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is undergoing a big transformation this fall. The popular espresso-based drink has a new recipe that will use real pumpkin and no caramel coloring.

The coffee giant, which had previously disclosed nutritional information for the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but wasn’t as forthcoming about the ingredients in the beverage, on Monday shared more details about what goes into the drink. Starbucks shared a full ingredient list to give customers more clarity about how the popular beverage is made.

“After hearing from customers and partners about ingredients, we took another look at this beverage and why we created it so many years ago,” wrote Peter Dukes, director of espresso Americas for Starbucks. The prior version was made with “warm fall spices with delicious flavor of pumpkin pie,” Dukes shared in the post.

The changes were announced by Starbucks’ Twitter handle for the beverage, @TheRealPSL. That handle has nearly 82,000 followers.

There is also a savvy marketing strategy behind the Starbucks announcement that is especially on trend today. People want to know more about what they are eating and drinking, and major food and beverage companies are responding by sharing any major changes to the formulas behind some of the biggest brands. The Pumpkin Spice Latte will remain an indulgent treat even with the additional details about how it is made now public. But Starbucks will likely only gain fans by being more transparent about how the drink is made.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte generates outsized excitement becasue the beverage is Starbucks top-selling seasonal drink of all time. Last year, Starbucks made headlines when it announced it would release the drink earlier than the company had in the past.

TIME Bizarre

There’s a Perfect Outline of a Disney Princess In This Iced Coffee

With perfectly coiffed hair and a puffy gown to boot

A Disney Princess may have appeared in the most unlikely of places—a cup of iced coffee.

A tweet purportedly showing a princess-shaped outline in an ice cube was sent out by user @niiiiiifaaaaa in Japanese. According to RocketNews24, the tweet reportedly says, “It looks like a Disney princess is in my iced coffee.”

Good thing the evidence—with its perfectly coiffed hair and puffy Disney signature gown—was snapped before it melted away.

MONEY Food & Drink

9 Ways to Have Your Latte and Save Money Too

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Worried your morning coffee fix is busting your budget? Here's how to indulge without feeling guilty.

I love a good cup of coffee. In fact, I drink a cup on a daily basis — and I’m not alone. More than half of the U.S. population drinks coffee every day. We fuel our cars with gas from the pump, and we fuel ourselves with caffeine.

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, here’s how to indulge in your daily cup of coffee while saving money.

1. Make Brewing Coffee an Experience

My mid-morning brew is my favorite time of the day. I look forward to the smell of grinding coffee beans, and sound of a fresh cup brewing in the coffee pot. Then I get excited about mixing up my perfect cup of joe just the way I like it.

This ritual is my mid-morning pick-me-up and something I miss when I’m not at home, or don’t get the chance to brew my own cup. Turn brewing your own coffee into a sensory experience by investing in a quality coffee maker, and experimenting with your own coffee style.

From a basic French press to a more expensive Keurig, it’s completely up to you how much you spend on a coffee maker. The point is to take your time and brew your own cup. It will save you loads of money, and make getting caffeinated one of your favorite times of the day.

2. Find Deals Online

Doing a quick online search for coffee deals will yield some great results from sites like Groupon or Google offers. You can often find discounted gift cards, coupon codes, and other two-for-one deals for local coffee shops or major chains.

Another way to find exclusive savings is to follow your favorite coffee chain on Twitter or Facebook. They usually offer giveaways, coupons, and gift cards for free coffee — especially around the holiday season. Plus, you’ll be able to stay updated on their latest offerings and flavors.

3. Opt for Alternative Creations

If you’re a Starbucks drinker, you know how quickly a Grande speciality drink can add up to a pretty penny. Instead, opt for a Misto, which is coffee with steamed milk. Otherwise known as cafe au lait, a Misto won’t taste as strong as a regular latte, since it’s not made with espresso, but it’s still pretty similar, and will allow you to indulge in a daily cup without breaking the bank.

If a Misto isn’t your thing, try an Americano for more flavor. It’s the opposite of a Misto in that it’s made with espresso and hot water, which makes it much stronger in taste. It’s more expensive than a regular cup of coffee, but still cheaper than a speciality latte.

4. Order Smaller Sizes

If you’re not keen on giving up your favorite speciality drink, consider ordering a smaller size. This will give you the chance to indulge in the same quality caffeine while still being able to save a few bucks. If you order coffee from a local shop on a daily basis, this small savings can really add up in just one month’s time. And you won’t be missing out on your favorite cup of coffee.

During the summer season especially, places like Starbucks offer limited-time smaller alternatives for their best-sellers. Be sure to take advantage of this! If the price difference isn’t significant enough, consider splitting a cup with a friend.

5. Become a Loyalty or Rewards Member

This may be a basic tip, but it’s an important one that deserves repeating. Places like Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and Caribou Coffee offer rewards programs for loyal coffee drinkers. I’m a Starbucks Gold member, so every 12 cups of coffee I drink means I receive one free cup. I also get a free cup on my birthday once a year. For a frequent coffee drinker, this adds up to a handful of free drinks (and loads of savings).

These rewards programs also yield member-only savings, discounts, and chances to win free coffee throughout the year. And the best part is; they’re free! So there’s seriously no risk to joining and earning rewards with every purchase.

6. Bring Your Own Mug

Many local coffee shops, and even chains like Starbucks, reward drinkers with a small discount when they bring in their own mug. Usually the savings are only $0.10–$0.20 but over a period of a month, this adds up to a few dollars, which essentially means a free cup of coffee.

Plus, you’re helping the environment by avoiding additional waste. Nothing beats being green — and saving green — while enjoying a cup of coffee.

7. Up the Flavor for Free

As a culture we’re obsessed with coffee flavors, additives, and spices. There are literally hundreds of different types of coffee beans, syrups, creamers, and sugars to improve your drink’s flavor. (Most of which are free at the barista counter at your local coffee shop.)

Infuse your cup of coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, and experiment with other tastings and flavors. You may find a new way to take your coffee that you like even more than your current craving. And as a bonus, it could be a more cost-effective alternative.

8. Try Natural Energy Fixers

If you’re just looking for a midday energy boost, consider other energy alternatives to just drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee. Green superfoods, like spinach and kale, provide a healthy energy fix and will give your body some much-needed nutrients.

Try tossing some greens into a smoothie, or munching on dark chocolate, fresh fruit, or ginseng tea. These alternatives will give your body that natural “high” you get from caffeine, that lasts much longer, without the crash in energy later.

9. Join a Coffee Club

Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and that includes coffee clubs. For around $20 a month you get access to fresh coffee grounds and flavorings from around the world. This allows you to save a lot of money on your daily cup of coffee without sacrificing taste or quality. Plus, you’ll be able to test out lots of different styles of coffee, from light to dark.

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This New 3D Printer Is a Game Changer for Latte Art

Put birthday messages or Instagram photos on any latte

Sure, we’ve watched our fair share of latte art how-tos on YouTube, but trying out the technique IRL could prove disastrous for some.

Enter The Ripple Maker, an innovation that is a total game changer for coffee lovers and 3-D printing enthusiasts alike.

The machine, which goes for just under $1,000, creates high-resolution designs and messages with tiny coffee droplets (which could be anything from customized text to a replica of your favorite Instagram) on the top layer of pre-made lattes. As the company states, “Milk froth is your canvas. Coffee extract is your medium.”

What’s even better: The Ripple Maker takes only 10 seconds to “print” your coffee art.

We foresee many coffee dates in the near future (if, you know, you’re willing to shell out those big bucks).

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME nestle

Nestle Is Using Naked Baristas to Sell Coffee Creamer

Can models in nothing but body paint make a coffee product ad go viral?

What do naked people have to do with coffee creamer?

Nestle is using the former to try and sell you the latter. It’s part of a new ad campaign for the Nestle-owned Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss, a line of naturally flavored dairy creamer launched in 2011.

Back on April 24, marketers from Nestle and ad agency 360i took over a small coffee shop, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, on Irving Place in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The marketers set up shop in the store’s basement while naked models, covered only in body paint (a la Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), served free coffee—and of course pushed Coffee-Mate creamer—to surprised customers. Additional models and actors in body paint sat in the cafe among the regular customers to add to the gag.

Now the advertisement resulting from that stunt is set to hit the Web in full (and naked) force on Friday. The video begins, “How would you react if your typical morning coffee was anything but?” The text then changes “but” to “butt.”

It’s part of Nestle’s all-digital ad campaign planned for the flavored creamer. Codie Richards, a marketing manager with Nestle, told AdWeek that the one-day pop-up shop “was totally new for us” and added, “We know that consumers want something natural in their creamer.”

Well, Nestle hopes they want the natural creamer. But will Millennials — that oh-so-coveted of target audiences — want to share the naked-barista video? To that effort, Nestle will push the minute-and-a-half video, plus a 30-second preview clip, to Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms in the days to come. It’s given the campaign the requisite social hashtag, too (#NaturalBlissCafé), and paid ad slots for the video will begin this month and run through September.

A spokesperson told Fortune the new campaign is a way to tell the Natural Bliss story “in a cheeky and authentic way” (get it?) and is “designed to get consumers to take a closer look.”

TIME Starbucks

Starbucks Is Now Offering its Cold Brew Coffee Nationwide

Courtesy of Starbucks Starbucks Cold Brew.

Coffee grounds steep in cool water for 20 hours

Just in time for the hottest days of summer, Starbucks is rolling out Cold Brew as a core menu item in its locations in Canada and the United States, the company announced Tuesday.

The coffee drink is made without heat; instead, the coffee grounds steep in cool water for 20 hours to create a sweet and concentrated drink. Cold Brew is considered a smoother drink than hot-brewed coffees because of the long steeping process.

Since an initial launch this spring, Cold Brew was only available across the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, where iced coffee sales are strongest year-round. The new drink will cost $3.25 for 16 ounces, according to USA Today — that’s 60 cents more than the $2.65 price tag for a similarly sized iced coffee.

But you don’t have to order fancier coffee to pay more at the Starbucks counter. Prices at the chain are generally rising. On Monday, Starbucks bumped up its brewed coffee prices across the board by as much as 20 cents.

The introduction of Cold Brew in Starbucks stores follows a national trend toward the naturally sweeter iced drink. This summer, Peet’s Coffee switched to only serving cold-brewed iced coffee drinks.

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Starbucks Is About To Jack Up Its Prices

Operations Inside A Starbucks Corp. Coffee Shop
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Steep coffee.

Cue groans and grumbles.

On Tuesday, Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee chain, is preparing to boost its prices, AP reports. The cost of most affected drinks will rise somewhere between a nickel and 20 cents, the company says. The new price amounts to a price increase of roughly 1%.

For most people, this means the price of a brewed coffee will jump 10 cents, bumping the cost of a large coffee in most U.S. shops to $2.45, according to AP, although that figure varies regionally. The company says it will use the extra revenue to offset wage increases and rising rent.

Last year Starbucks raised its prices by a similar amount. Coffee prices had then been on the rise in commodity markets.

Some critics weighed that the last price hike went too far. One commentator decried it a “luxury tax.”

This year’s slate price increase, on the other hand, has nothing to do with the cost of coffee. Arabica futures, notes MarketWatch, have declined to 42% since last year’s high.

The new prices will affect certain brewed coffees, not the bagged variety.

Is the increase all because of rent? Perhaps that claim holds some water. On a recent episode of Fortune Live, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told host Leigh Gallagher that the the presence of a Starbucks within a quarter mile of a residence increased its property cost by about 96% on average between 1997 and 2014. Perhaps the company is a victim of its own halo effect.

MONEY consumer psychology

5 Foolish Money Myths You Can Stop Believing Right Now

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Drink your latte.

Whether you think of yourself as money-savvy or you’re acutely aware of where your personal-finance knowledge is lacking, it’s always good to make sure you aren’t managing your money on assumptions that are faulty to begin with.

Here are a few common money myths to kick to the curb.

Myth No. 1: Credit cards are evil

With the average credit card debt sitting at just over $15,000 per household, it’s easy to think that plastic is the irresponsible way to pay. Not so fast.

It’s not the method of payment that’s the problem; in fact, having credit cards can actually help your credit score. A full 10% of your credit score depends upon having a mix of credit types — installment credit, like a car loan, and revolving credit, like credit cards.

In addition, credit cards offer more security than any other form of payment, allowing you to dispute fraudulent activity without footing the bill.

Myth No. 2: Skipping your morning coffee will make you rich

Cutting back on small expenses might offer some breathing room in your budget over the long term, but money not spent doesn’t necessarily equal money saved. To grow that money, it would need to be put into a place where growth can occur — like an investment account or, at the bare minimum, a savings account.

You may think cutting out a daily expenditure is putting you on a path to financial independence, but that’s only step one.

Myth No. 3: It’s too risky to invest your money

The truth opposing this myth is simple — it’s too risky to not invest your money.

If you’re already diligent about socking away money each month, that’s a great start. But with interest rates sitting so low, money put into a savings account will likely lose more to inflation than it can make up in growth. That’s where investing comes in.

Through the power of compounding, a single $500 investment made at the age of 20 earning a conservative 5% return would be $4,492.50 at the age of 65. Imagine that scenario with ongoing contributions and larger returns. It would put any savings account to shame.

Myth No. 4: All debt should be paid before saving

Unfortunately, emergencies and unexpected expenses occur at all stages of life — even when you’re working to pay off student loans or crawl out from underneath credit card debt.

A study recently released by Bankrate found that 60% of Americans wouldn’t have the funds available to cover even small hiccups — like a $500 medical bill or car repair. Think about how many of those expenses you’ve run into in the last six to 12 months; probably at least one.

If you want to avoid incurring more debt as a result of life’s curveballs, work to save while paying off debt. This will give you a better chance of smooth sailing to the finish line.

Myth No. 5: You should borrow the most money offered to you

Wondering how much house you can afford? Don’t let the loan amount offered by the bank be your guiding light.

Those in the business of making loans are incentivized to offer the biggest loan possible that you’ll be approved for. So while they may be checking out your debt-to-income ratio, this simple equation doesn’t always offer an accurate snapshot of what you can actually manage to pay each month.

The same goes for credit card limits — having a $20,000 limit doesn’t mean your finances can easily handle paying back $20,000 worth of purchases.

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