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Starbucks New $3.95 Breakfast?

Foodandwine Mar 2, 2009 06:32 AM

On Tuesday March 3rd Starbucks is rolling out a new $3.95 Breakfast pairing.. see link:


Some of the selections look pretty good. What do you think? I may sway away from a Grande Bold Drip and a Bagel Toasted Well with Butter and Jam from my own Value Breakfast Menu at $2.70..

Looks like they are making an effort to be with the times..

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Foodandwine Mar 2, 2009 06:50 AM

    while the intention may be good, the execution sucks. if you want a breakfast sandwich, your only drink option is a tall drip coffee, and if you want oatmeal or coffee cake, you have to get a latte? bizarre. it would make a lot more sense if they just offered a couple of different pricing options depending on the food item, had them all come standard with a drip coffee, and added an upcharge for a fancier drink.

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      cheesecake17 RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 2, 2009 06:54 AM

      Most of Stabucks' promotions are bizarre! I recently went to get a tea latte with a $2 coupon to be used after 2pm. It was a few minutes to 2 and they took my money but wouldn't actually begin to make the drink until 2pm.

      The tall latte and oatmeal seems like something I would order.. but it's also kind of heavy. If I wanted a coffee with that instead of a latte, it would be a la carte? weird.

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        alkapal RE: cheesecake17 Mar 2, 2009 05:16 PM

        >>It was a few minutes to 2 and they took my money but wouldn't actually begin to make the drink until 2pm.<<

        too funny!

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          cheesecake17 RE: alkapal Mar 3, 2009 05:37 AM

          not so funny when you're standing there. they even asked me if i was in a rush to get to class- and i said yes!

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            alkapal RE: cheesecake17 Mar 3, 2009 07:28 AM

            ok. NOT funny!

            i would've asked, "why can you take my money for the product but you're not gonna give me the product? maybe i should call the corporate hq about your customer service here in this store. i mean, if you take the coupon, make the dang drink already! where's the manager-on-duty?"

            there. i feel better now.

            oops.... it wasn't *my* problem. but, i'm available to pinch hit, ok? ;-).

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              cheesecake17 RE: alkapal Mar 3, 2009 07:59 AM

              thanks for the rant- because honestly i stopped bothering with complaining to starbucks. only place to get a decent cup of coffee around school!

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            swissgirl RE: alkapal Mar 3, 2009 06:37 AM

            Maybe the registers aren't programmed to accept the coupon until 2PM. I ran into that at a JC Penney day after Thanksgiving where a coupon was good starting at 3PM and the clerks couldn't redeem them before 3PM. If the store wasn't busy, they could have gone ahead and made your drink and rung you up after 2PM, I suppose.

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              cheesecake17 RE: swissgirl Mar 3, 2009 07:03 AM

              Nope- other stores have done it before 2pm. Sometimes they even charged me $2 when I bought the drink in the morning!

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          mkmccp RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 4, 2009 04:06 AM

          Sort of off topic but this reminds me of when Arby's would have their 5 Arbys melts for $5. I placed my order and asked for no cheese sauce, and they replied" sorry you have to get the cheese sauce for it to be the 5 for 5". Weird. Starbucks should stick to what they are (sort of) good at- coffee, and leave the fast food to the mcD's, BK and all the others.

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          swissgirl RE: Foodandwine Mar 2, 2009 11:04 AM

          Recently, over on the Starbucks Gossip blog, baristas were anticipating customers would want to make substitutions and apparently, baristas aren't supposed to sub in a different drink or food item to make custom combos. It would have been better to have a "choose two for $3.95" menu like at Panera, for example, with their soup/salad/sandwich combos at lunchtime - "choose any two for $6" (or whatever the priice is).

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: swissgirl Mar 2, 2009 11:54 AM

            i've never been to Panera, but that's what i was thinking. the way they have it now is just silly. it's too limiting to the consumer to restrict the combinations and dictate the type and size of drink they can order.

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              Woof Woof Woof RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 2, 2009 05:43 PM

              Yea, I have to have a Hot Drink?? I can't get my Usual Frozen Caramel Thingy :( Crud...

          2. monku RE: Foodandwine Mar 2, 2009 06:07 PM

            Can't they make up their mind?
            Last year they said they were getting rid of the breakfast sandwiches because they were interfering with the smell of coffee in their stores.

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              elkgrovestella RE: monku Mar 8, 2009 07:50 PM

              Oh, good, I wasn't the only one who heard that.

              I will admit, the spinach piadini are not bad if I'm unable to make breakfast at home.

            2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Foodandwine Mar 3, 2009 07:42 AM

              coverage in today's NY Times Business section:


              my favorite line:

              "Although the eggs and cheese are mixed in huge vats, poured into tins, baked, frozen and shipped to distribution centers to be assembled, they wanted them to look freshly made to appeal to people who do not like fast-food outlets."


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                cheesecake17 RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 3, 2009 08:04 AM

                that's gross

              2. alkapal RE: Foodandwine Mar 3, 2009 08:00 AM

                i don't know about their current menu, but before they "discontinued" the breakfast sandwiches the first time, they did a delicious (yes!) one with fresh spinach, egg, and swiss (?) cheese, on a nice bagel-bread type of roll, warmed in the oven. they didn't bring it back. ;-(. the "florentine"?

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                  Foodandwine RE: alkapal Mar 3, 2009 08:04 AM

                  alkapal, thanks for your reply as it is on point. I never had the sandwich that you mention. I do like the Oatmeal and the low fat turkey bacon one was good too. Just think its much better than a scone for you as it has protein

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                    alkapal RE: Foodandwine Mar 3, 2009 08:11 AM

                    from the press release:
                    Tall Fresh Brewed Coffee paired with:

                    NEW Artisan Bacon Sandwich, a flavorful bakery-style sandwich made with a parmesan egg frittata, smoked bacon slices, and Gouda cheese on a perfectly-baked hand-shaped artisan roll; or
                    NEW Artisan Ham Sandwich, a delightful combination made with a parmesan egg frittata, three slices of Black Forest ham, and mild cheddar on a perfectly-baked hand-shaped artisan roll;

                    i think either of these is a will-try! the deal is a very good price, imo.
                    (maybe they quit the spinach one when the issues arose with fresh spinach all over the nation....)

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                  gudeatz RE: Foodandwine Mar 18, 2009 08:35 AM

                  Big step up for Staruucks...
                  I enjoy a 3.95 pairing every 3rd or 4th day..Alternating bacon and ham..Bread has a crunch, egg is fluffy, cheese awsome and the meat pulls it all together...Just this morning (bacon). At my stops coffee is any size...

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