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Mar 2, 2009 06:32 AM

Starbucks New $3.95 Breakfast?

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. 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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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      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.

      1. re: cheesecake17

        >>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!

        1. re: alkapal

          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!

          1. re: cheesecake17

            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? ;-).

            1. re: alkapal

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

          2. re: alkapal

            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.

            1. re: swissgirl

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

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          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.

        3. 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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          1. re: swissgirl

            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.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

          2. 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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            1. re: monku

              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. 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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              1. 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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                1. re: alkapal

                  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

                  1. re: Foodandwine

                    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....)