Starbucks celebrates 40th with new items, free stuff


Ubiquitous coffeehouse Starbucks is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week by launching new products and giving away treats.

Said treats include new Petites desserts and $40 gift cards.

From 2 to 5 p.m. during the company’s “Tribute Days” (today through Saturday (March12)), you’ll be able to sample a free Starbucks Petite sweet with the purchase of your favorite handcrafted beverage.

The new mini desserts, which launched Tuesday, include: Cake Pops (available in Birthday Cake, Rocky Road and Tiramisu flavors), Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, Mini Cupcakes (Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter) and Sweet Squares (Lemon and Salty Caramel).

For those of you who on Foursquare, if you check in and unlock the Tribute badge at participating Starbucks today through Saturday, you might get rewarded with a $40 Starbucks gift card. The company will give away 500 gift cards randomly over the three-day period.

Not on Foursquare? You can also enter via email. Details are here.

Follow the jump to find out about their new offerings.

In addition to the Petites mini desserts, Starbucks is rolling out several new beverages, all of which launched Tuesday:

  • Cocoa Cappuccino: Combines fresh espresso, bittersweet mocha sauce, steamed milk and foam, and topped with a mocha drizzle.
  • Starbucks Tribute Blend: A blend of four different coffee beans including Aged Sumatra that is semi-washed and aged, Sun-dried Ethiopian coffee that is naturally processed, and washed coffees from Papua New Guinea and Colombia.
  • Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Starbucks Tribute Blend: The Tribute Blend is also available as a Starbucks VIA Ready Brew instant coffee.

For more information on the Tribute Days celebration and the new items, click here.

Starbucks can be found throughout the Inland Empire.