WBEZ | Starbucks http://www.wbez.org/tags/starbucks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Food for thought (and a chocolate croissant, too) http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-21/morning-shift-food-thought-and-chocolate-croissant <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CSA-Flickr- Edsel L.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We critique some new breakfast options at Starbucks, and offer new ways to deal with your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provider. And, a shooting on a CPS &quot;safe passage&quot; route raises questions as the new school year approaches.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-48" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Food for thought (and a chocolate croissant, too)" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-21/morning-shift-food-thought-and-chocolate-croissant Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts launch new breakfast treats from outrageous to sublime http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/starbucks-and-dunkin%E2%80%99-donuts-launch-new-breakfast-treats-outrageous-sublime-108390 <p><p dir="ltr"><em>Updated 6:14 p.m.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Fast food breakfast offerings have exploded in recent years with chains competing fiercely for your morning dollar.</p><p dir="ltr">But recent weeks have brought some especially enticing offerings to Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">While the whole country got McDonald&rsquo;s egg white sandwiches earlier this year, only Chicago and Fort Meyers got the experimental Dunkin&rsquo; Dog this week for a limited time.</p><p dir="ltr">Chicago was also chosen as one of the early sites for the roll out of Starbucks new upscale pastries from San Francisco based La Boulange. The <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-09/business/ct-biz-0809-starbucks-pastry-20130809_1_la-boulange-starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz-starbucks-spokeswoman">Chicago Tribune reports</a>&nbsp;that they will include chocolate croissants, lemon loaves and chewy chocolate meringues.</p><p dir="ltr">We couldn&rsquo;t yet try the fancy new Starbucks offerings but we did stop in Dunkin&rsquo; Donuts this morning to try the Dunkin&rsquo; Dog ($1) as well as the glazed donut breakfast sandwich which came to town last month.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-08-13%20at%2010.26.58%20AM.png" style="height: 178px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Dunkin' Dog at Dunkin' Donuts. (WBEZ/Monica Eng)" /></p><p dir="ltr">The dogs are two cheesy Ekrich sausage links wrapped in a soft, slightly sweet dough. Not much bigger than a wiener wrap, it delivers a good chew and nice smoky finish for a mere 180 calories &mdash; that is if you eat just one.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The glazed doughnut breakfast sandwich, however, is kind of a wreck. Its sweetness plays nicely off the salty bacon, but the split doughnut falls apart in your hands and turns them into a sticky mess. Don&rsquo;t even think about driving while you&rsquo;re eating this. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Once we get our hands on the new Starbucks La Boulange pastries, set to launch August 20, we will discuss them on the Morning Shift. But in the meantime, tell us about your favorite grab and go breakfast in Chicago.</p><p>I&rsquo;ll start: It&rsquo;s the rich and buttery Fritz Pastry ham and cheese croissant ($2.95) and a Metropolis iced coffee sold together at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/dollop-lakeview-chicago">Dollop Coffee.</a></p><p><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/monicaeng" target="_blank">@monicaeng</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/starbucks-and-dunkin%E2%80%99-donuts-launch-new-breakfast-treats-outrageous-sublime-108390 Pumpkin patch latte: Tasting Jo Snow's pumpkin coconut syrup http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/pumpkin-patch-latte-tasting-jo-snows-pumpkin-coconut-syrup-102962 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lsmpiepumpkin.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Pie pumpkins at Logan Square Farmers Market (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Perhaps we&#39;ve reached fake food news fatigue, what with the widespread coverage of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/ag-expert-reports-bacon-shortage-probably-overblown-102631">Aporkalypse Not</a>.&nbsp;Despite the <em>Wall Street Journal&#39;s</em> frightening <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444223104578036560736681482.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle">front page story</a>,&nbsp;the paper failed to incite a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte panic. Remain calm: There&#39;s no PSL shortage, and in Chicago we have something even better.</p><p>Behold the <a href="http://josnowsyrups.com/">Jo Snow</a> 2012 fall collection, limited edition, seasonal syrup: Pumpkin Coconut.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/josnowpumpkin.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Jo Snow pumpkin coconut syrup at Logan Square Farmers Market (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Near the end of the first cold day at this season&#39;s outdoor Logan Square Farmers Market this Sunday, I ran into Jo Snow&#39;s self-described Senior Syrup Slinger, chef/owner Melissa Yen. During our crazy-making hot summer, her booth was always swarmed with desperate market-goers waiting for hand-shaved, sanity-saving snow cones. Wonder what the snow cone lady does when it&#39;s cold? Unlike the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-are-there-ice-cream-truck-territories-chicago-101825">ice cream trucks</a> that hibernate for the winter, Yen bundles up to serve hot drinks, including apple cider spiked with&nbsp;fig vanilla black pepper syrup, even to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=496417470382080&amp;id=140893382601159">ten-year-old regulars</a>.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/josnowmelissa_0.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Jo Snow Senior Syrup Slinger Melissa Yen with Pumpkin Coconut bottle (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Jo Snow syrup stars in <a href="http://www.ipsento.com/">Ipsento</a>&#39;s Pumpkin Patch Latte, made with actual pumpkin purée, espresso, whole and sweetened condensed milks, cinnamon, nutmeg and the pumpkin coconut syrup.&nbsp;<a href="http://milkandhoneycafe.com/">Milk &amp; Honey</a>&nbsp;created a <a href="http://timeoutchicagokids.com/eating-shopping/eating/181596/six-pumpkin-dishes-to-taste-this-fall">pumpkin coconut hot chocolate</a> with&nbsp;coconut and whole milks, chocolate and pumpkin coconut syrups and a toasted coconut marshmallow float, finished with pumpkin pie spice and whipped cream.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Yen&nbsp;finds flavor inspiration through her travels and at home. Her&nbsp;Taiwanese husband&nbsp;got her hooked on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baobing"><em>bao bing</em></a>, his home country&#39;s national shave-ice dessert. The market booth serves it in the summer here with sweet red beans and tea jelly.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Then, last winter Yen and her husband visted Vietnam.&nbsp;&quot;When I was creating the pumpkin coconut syrup I thought about the creaminess pumpkin and squash impart and what you could pair with it,&quot; she said. &quot;It was fall and my thought traveled to soup, so I pulled out the cook books. I saw so many pairings for pumpkin coconut soup; a lot of coconut curry soups. Well, I wasn&#39;t using curry, but the pumpkin pie spices could stand in for the curry spices. They had some of the same qualities. So the pumpkin coconut syrup was influenced by those Southeast Asian pumpkin coconut curry soups!&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In case you were wondering, the Jo Snow pumpkin coconut syrup is made with organic sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a natural coconut flavor. &nbsp;Starbucks pumpkin &quot;sauce&quot; as they call it:&nbsp;sugar, condensed nonfat milk, sweetened condensed nonfat milk, annatto (E160b, color), natural and artificial flavors, caramel color (E150D), salt and potassium sorbate (E202, a preservative).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Like I said, even better.</div></p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/pumpkin-patch-latte-tasting-jo-snows-pumpkin-coconut-syrup-102962 Starbucks' 31-Ounce Trenta: A Drink Too Far? http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/starbucks-31-ounce-trenta-drink-too-far <p><p>Thirty-one ounces of iced refreshment in one big ... well, we can't really call it a "gulp" can we?</p><p>That's what <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133007004" target="_blank">Starbucks' new "Trenta" holds</a> (and no, 'bucks isn't offering Trenta-sized hot coffee drinks at any of the shops where it's rolling out the bigger cups; just iced drinks). The Trenta is 11 ounces larger (and 50 cents more expensive) than Starbucks' previous heavyweight, the Venti.</p><p>Now, the Trenta still isn't as large as 7-Eleven's Super Big Gulp -- even after that iconic drink's recent downsizing to 40 ounces (<a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/371019/january-13-2011/thought-for-food---fruit-pouch--doritos-ad---super-big-gulp" target="_blank">which Stephen Colbert lampooned last week</a>). But 31 ounces is pretty big. It is, after all, like having nearly a quart of liquid in your cupholder.</p><p>So, we wonder:</p><p>(And, yes, we know that is not a scientific survey designed to seriously measure anything. We just needed a -- dare we say it? -- coffee break from the day's important news.) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295369236?&gn=Starbucks%27+31-Ounce+Trenta%3A+A+Drink+Too+Far%3F&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Trenta,Starbucks,National+News,Culture,Fun,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133019471&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110118&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133019538,133019536,127602855,127602802,127602405,103943429,133018667,127602855,127602596,103943429,133018022,133018020,127747535,127602971,103943429,133017270,127602802,103943429,127606515,127602855,127602596,125939376,103943429,133014276,133014274,133014272,133014268,132783213,127603166,127602855,127602596,127602446,126916883,103943429,132783213&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/starbucks-31-ounce-trenta-drink-too-far Kraft seeks preliminary injunction against Starbucks http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/kraft-seeks-preliminary-injunction-against-starbucks <p><p>Kraft Foods Inc. is seeking a preliminary injunction allowing the company to continue distributing Starbucks packaged coffee.</p><p>Kraft is seeking the injunction in the&nbsp;U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New&nbsp;York. If a preliminary injunction is granted, the order would essentially prohibit Starbucks from assuming full responsibility of sales and distribution of packaged coffee products until a final decision is made in court.<br /><br />Northfield-based Kraft says the filing against Starbucks is separate from current arbitration proceedings. The two companies entered arbitration in late November after Starbucks announced it would end its 12-year-old distribution agreement with Kraft to supply packaged coffee to grocery stores.<br /><br />Starbucks calls the request for a preliminary injunction a delaying tactic that would be harmful to customers. The coffee giant says it will oppose any action by Kraft that would prevent Starbucks from assuming full control of the brand. Starbucks plans to take over sales and distribution of the packaged coffee by March 2011.</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/kraft-seeks-preliminary-injunction-against-starbucks Kraft takes legal action over contract split with Starbucks http://www.wbez.org/story/kraft-foods/kraft-takes-legal-action-over-contract-split-starbucks <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//2465785.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Suburban Northfield-based Kraft foods has entered into arbitration with coffee giant Starbucks. The move comes after Starbucks announced it will end its distribution agreement with Kraft to supply packaged coffee to grocery stores.</p><p>Erin Swanson is a Kraft equity analyst at Morningstar. She said the disagreement shouldn't hurt Kraft's stocks.</p><p>&ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t made any changes to our investment opinion based on what&rsquo;s going on. I think it&rsquo;s going to take some time for these issues to be resolved, so I don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;s going to be an impact on Kraft&rsquo;s business over the near-term,&rdquo; said Swanson.&nbsp;</p> <div>Swanson said Starbucks accounts for $500 million of Kraft's $40 billion in annual sales. Kraft is seeking up to 35 percent of Starbucks fair market value as compensation for revenue lost during the transition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a press release Starbucks said the agreement was set to end in 2014 but will instead end on March 1, 2011. The coffee company maintains the move to end the agreement was consistent with its terms. Starbucks said Kraft was not meeting its responsibilities to promote the brand.&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/kraft-foods/kraft-takes-legal-action-over-contract-split-starbucks