Friday, March 9, 2012

Starbucks in UK Giving out an Extra Shot?

So we have taken a slight turn on Coffee Chronicles and have started asking YOU the coffee questions this month.  We are kind of like a box of chocolates that way - you never really know what you're going to get when you show up.  This week we decided to talk about some coffee news and see what your thoughts are on the subject:

Starbucks is to increase the strength of its coffee throughout Britain as part of a multi-million pound overhaul and expansion of its European operations.
The American retail giant is changing the recipe of its coffee amid a sharp spike in the number of customers ordering extra caffeine shots.
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Starbucks on Thursday disclosed that customers will now get two shots of espresso rather than one in lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee drinks.
The company, which has 743 shops in the UK, said the move was to be introduced solely in Britain but would not lead to price increases.
A new technique will ensure the milk is more “velvety”, with all 10,000 British baristas being trained to ensure the amount is correct.
It comes into force later this month. Customers will still be able to opt to have their latte with one shot, if preferred.

Personally, I would love this - currently paying for the extra shots that should be included anyway, considering that a shot of espresso is only as caffeinated as a cup of regular coffee..a drink with one shot is hardly worth the buzz or the coin.
So what say you? Do you think that this is something that the US should adopt as well?

Let us know in the comments!  ~Java Joe Mamas

**Thanks to The Robot Mommy for keeping up on the news...


Kristi Gilbert said...

This is the best idea ever!! And being a drink maker, it won't be that much harder to create the drink. Cmon USA!! That genius Cliff Burrows (President of the CO- I met him, sweet man) is behind this. I PROMISE you!!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I think the US likes theirs watered down - like I may be the only one who orders an extra shot standard...seriously gimme more caffeine without charging me and I will come back again and again..

Latte Junkie said...

I live in New Zealand and here 2 shots is standard, if I go anywhere else the coffee is too weak :/

I would highly recommend changing to 2 shots and serving flat whites (NZ special coffee)


Anne-Marie said...

I am currently 7 weeks pregnant and even the smell of coffee causes me to vomit, which leads me to believe that pregnancy actually includes a lobotomy as well as all the other, better-known symptoms.
I do hope, however, that by the time I can drink coffee again, America will adopt a "Second Shot Free" policy--I will certainly need it!

Deestarr7 said...

Definitely should be two shots of espresso! Kaladi Brothers coffee in Alaska does this with any latte, mocha, etc 16 oz or larger. Starbucks is way too expensive and not as good!!