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Since the NFL playoffs are the only thing on my mind these days, I couldn’t help but look at the Starbucks menu and think of each team. So in honor of the playoffs, I’m dedicating a drink to each team!
 
  • Redskins: They’re a success story that didn’t really kick off until December and then it was all anyone wanted. They have the bittersweet element (Sean Taylor RIP), so this one is pretty much a no-brainer: the Egg Nog Latte
  • Seahawks: This team is pure Seattle. There’s nothing too spectacular about them, but they’re a vintage roast. So Seattle, have this grande original coffee on me!
  • Bucs:  In the warm weather town of Tampa, we need to pay homage to the weather. But this is also a flavorful and resourceful bunch with the added kick of a little Jon Gruden. They’re getting the Iced Caramel Macchiato
  • Giants:  From Tiki to the softening of Coach Coughlin to Eli to Brandon Jacobs doing a Christian Okoye impersonation, this team has been nearly impossible to read and impossible to predict all season. So handing them a tasty beverage is no easy task. But for a Starbucks veteran like myself, there is a similar feeling whenever you’re standing in a long line of lattes, iced coffees and caffe americanos and then some unpredictable joker steps to the counter and orders a drink that is solid, but seems out of place. One that has earned its spot on the Starbucks menu, yet seems like it’s a horse of a different color. One that seems to have all the right pieces (flavor, substance, originality), but something is missing. Ladies and Gentlemen, the New York Giants are a….Chai Tea Latte!

Enjoy the playoffs, I’ll hand out some AFC drinks later this week.  

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I’m not sure when Christmas became a six-week holiday in the US, but I’ll tell you one thing I do like: Christmas cups at Starbucks. Nothing puts me in the mood for the holiday season like those puppies and if you’re not tempted to order an Egg Nog Latte at least once during the Christmas season, you’re more cold-hearted than the Turk at NFL training camp. 

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The Real Thing: Starbucks just can’t get the egg nog latte right. Still has sort of a metallic taste, and I’ve tried them at five stores. It’s not bad, just pretty average. By the way, I’ve been delinquent in praising the baristas in Upper Montclair, who are on one heck of an efficient roll. Great roster of worker-bee gals there, Seattle.

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