Quoth the Washington Post:
The new, nearly quart-size cups — meant only for iced coffee and tea — are available in 14 states starting today, and everyone, everywhere, should be able to indulge by early May. As the National Journal has pointed out with a handy chart, you will be indulging in a drink larger than most stomachs.
Trenta is Italian for 30 so it only makes sense that *$ new supersized drink contains … 31 ounces. (What’s wrong with Trentuno?) Is anyone going to say, “Trenta-size me.”
Trenta joins other words repurposed by *$ like
- Venti – “fan” (French), “wait” (Danish & Norwegian), 20 (Italian)
- Grande – “seniors" (French) or large (Spanish, Catalan, Italian)
- Tall – “I’m broke but want to hang out here anyway.”
Don’t know what they’ll charge for this beast but it shouldn’t be much more than a re-negotiated mortgage payment.
Apparently Nike and Starbucks have sucked up all the marketing expertise in the Northwest US. The complete inability to find a qualified marketing professional is the only explanation I have for both the recently canceled Washington state tourism slogan of “SayWA” and the newly unveiled and soon to be canceled Seattle tourism slogan, “Metronatural.” Best quote from the story:
“How do you use that in a sentence? ‘Welcome to Metronatural.’ … It’s an airport where you can buy organic bananas.” — Seattle street cart vendor Kenny Telasco.
Y’know guys, you might want to ask Mr. Telasco for a few pointers next week when you’re looking for Metronatural’s replacement The Seattle Convention & Visitor’s Bureau launched this turkey over the weekend after taking 16 months and spending $200K to come up with it. While I have not yet determined the name of the agency behind this slogan, I would not be surprised to find out if it was an arm of Haliburton.
Wait … actual reporting at work … from Metronatural.com (hard to believe that domain wasn’t already in use):
SCVB led Seattle’s brand development initiative over the course of more than year, drawing critical input and support from a broad-based steering committee comprised of representatives from the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, local hotels, airlines, attractions, restaurants, cultural organizations, SCVB members and many other travel industry stakeholders. Seattle-based branding and advertising firm EXCLAIM served as the creative partner and introduced the metronatural logo and brand concept.
If Metronatural was the winner, I’d love to see the losers. Key question: What the hell was in the coffee they were drinking when they OK’d this one?
At first glance this definitely fell into the “No Kidding” category, but it turns out
The American College of Emergency Physicians said a review of records at the Illinois Poison Center in Chicago found more than 250 cases of medical complications from ingesting caffeine supplements, 12 percent of them requiring hospitalization, including treatment in intensive-care units. The average age of those who had abused caffeine supplements over the course of the three years studied was 21. The research did not involve caffeine drinks such as coffee or cola.
Which is too bad because I am still waiting for someone to do a study about rates of caffeinated beverage drinking among the young and whether the age when the drinking of said beverages is decreasing. Specifically I’m talking about coffee cuz it seems to me I see 11 & 12 year olds at Starbucks pretty regularly. That’s so wrong. Because it means I have to wait longer in line. And besides with what Starbucks is charging these days I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get mugged by some pre-pubescent so hard up for a triple pumpkin cappuccino fix that if he doesn’t get one RIGHT NOW he’s going to break in to my house and make it so I can’t use my computer and then sue me for the case of carpal-tunnel he gets while doing this. Further proof that caffeine should only be used by the old and tired. Write your congressman now! Let’s get the TSA in on this one … uh oh … caffeine crash …
(BTW, thanks to adfreak for the graphic…)
Las Vegas. Yep, the city of sin has more Starbucks per capita than any other city in the US, according to this oddly fascinating list at CityTownInfo. While Las Vegas may not exactly be the locale the brand most wants to be associated with, it is the locale the bottom line most wants to be associated with.
The top 15:
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- Colorado Springs
- San Jose
Most of this makes sense but … Sacramento is 4th? Colorado Springs is more densely Starbucked than Boston or San Jose? Mrs. Collateral Damage believes this is because Dunkin’ Donuts has so thoroughly colonized Boston that there just wasn’t much space left for *$. Makes sense to me.
And what is the largest, most heavily populated area of the US without a Starbucks? Hint, it’s 47 square miles large and attracts more than 16 million people a year. Yep, Disney World. So if you want a Starbucks free vacation experience …