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(USA Today)   Starbucks introduces the $3.45 venti spiced root beer carbonata   (usatoday.com) divider line 69
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2013-07-04 11:05:00 AM
Living in Austin, I've gotten the chance to try them, and they taste like sugar. Not very impressed.
 
2013-07-04 12:26:37 PM
When I was a boy, I met Eddie Shack when he was promoting The Pop Shoppe. Got his autograph.


What's my point? Got none.
 
2013-07-04 12:43:16 PM
No thanks -- Italian cream sodas are already available at Second Cup. Much better.
 
2013-07-04 12:44:25 PM
 
2013-07-04 12:44:50 PM
Dear lawd I'm old...

As a kid, in elementary school in Jonesboro, Ark - we'd routinely dig up Sassafras roots, boil it down and voila.

/always kept a couple twigs of fras root in my pocket - very tasty stuff
 
2013-07-04 12:45:43 PM

gopher321: When I was a boy, I met Eddie Shack when he was promoting The Pop Shoppe. Got his autograph.


What's my point? Got none.


www.ohsugar.ca
Lordy, that takes me back!
 
2013-07-04 12:46:39 PM
Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination. Even if you cannot afford syrups from independent sources (regular Sodastream syrups got Splenda up the wing-wang), you can still use thawed-out frozen juice concentrates and make sparkling juice.

Sodastream cabonated water at low-mid carbonation + lemonade concentrate = RONDO REBORN!

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2013-07-04 12:52:15 PM
My local fancy coffee shop has been doing this for a year. Sorry, but I'm not ordering a $3.95 pop, no matter how much sarsaparilla it has in it.
 
2013-07-04 12:56:25 PM

TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination.


But it just doesn't taste the same as paying a Starbucks barista five bucks (to do essentially that).
 
2013-07-04 12:56:53 PM
I don't mind the occasional starbucks if I'm not at home to make my own since I only drink black coffee, but their stupid naming convention can suck a big fat dick.  Tall = small because that makes sense to no one.
 
2013-07-04 12:58:28 PM
I just mix sparking water with whatever fruit juice I feel would be tasty at the moment.
 
2013-07-04 12:59:12 PM

TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination. Even if you cannot afford syrups from independent sources (regular Sodastream syrups got Splenda up the wing-wang), you can still use thawed-out frozen juice concentrates and make sparkling juice.

Sodastream cabonated water at low-mid carbonation + lemonade concentrate = RONDO REBORN!


You could by a $100 machine that carbonates water, or you could by an old school iSi cannister for half the price that will carbonate pretty much anything.
 
2013-07-04 01:00:17 PM
by = buy

/stupid Swype keyboard
 
2013-07-04 01:01:47 PM

brianbutz: Living in Austin, I've gotten the chance to try them, and they taste like sugar. Not very impressed.


This.  I've tried all of three of the sodas they offer and they taste like crap.
 
2013-07-04 01:03:15 PM
want somthing fizzy? get a  beer you limp wristed prick.

besides, real men drink bourbon
 
2013-07-04 01:04:38 PM

carnifex2005: My local fancy coffee shop has been doing this for a year. Sorry, but I'm not ordering a $3.95 pop, no matter how much sarsaparilla it has in it.


Meh.  You're not really paying for what you're buying at Starbucks.  You're paying for the priviledge of a sitting in a nicely maintained private business that offers chairs, tables, and wi-fii.

If you want a reasonably priced craft soda, you can usually find some at the grocery (especially upscale groceries).
 
2013-07-04 01:05:40 PM

GoldDude: TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination.

But it just doesn't taste the same as paying a Starbucks barista five bucks (to do essentially that).


Well, put on an apron and act like a bored douche while using your Sodastream then.
 
2013-07-04 01:08:27 PM

Z-clipped: TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination. Even if you cannot afford syrups from independent sources (regular Sodastream syrups got Splenda up the wing-wang), you can still use thawed-out frozen juice concentrates and make sparkling juice.

Sodastream cabonated water at low-mid carbonation + lemonade concentrate = RONDO REBORN!

You could by a $100 machine that carbonates water, or you could by an old school iSi cannister for half the price that will carbonate pretty much anything.


Sure, if you want to swap out little c02 cartridges all the time. And I may be incorrect about this detail so don't use it against me, but I think the c02 used in Sodastream tanks are regarded as "food service grade".
 
2013-07-04 01:08:32 PM
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2013-07-04 01:09:47 PM

bump: Dear lawd I'm old...

As a kid, in elementary school in Jonesboro, Ark - we'd routinely dig up Sassafras roots, boil it down and voila.

/always kept a couple twigs of fras root in my pocket - very tasty stuff


That actually sounds awesome. Did it taste very good?
 
2013-07-04 01:11:03 PM
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2013-07-04 01:11:51 PM
I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.
 
2013-07-04 01:17:43 PM

jmr61: I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.


Congratulations?
 
2013-07-04 01:19:51 PM
I've always wondered why Starbucks didn't do italian soda/italian cream sodas. I used to get those as a kid like 20 years ago at a neighborhood coffee shop.
 
2013-07-04 01:21:47 PM

Z-clipped: TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination. Even if you cannot afford syrups from independent sources (regular Sodastream syrups got Splenda up the wing-wang), you can still use thawed-out frozen juice concentrates and make sparkling juice.

Sodastream cabonated water at low-mid carbonation + lemonade concentrate = RONDO REBORN!

You could by a $100 machine that carbonates water, or you could by an old school iSi cannister for half the price that will carbonate pretty much anything.


How would that be different from a 99-cent 2-liter bottle of club soda?
 
2013-07-04 01:22:18 PM
I saw these yesterday at a Lakeway (suburb of Austin) store.  Tried a sample and it was not good.  Didn't even finish the little 2 ounce cup.
 
2013-07-04 01:24:59 PM
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2013-07-04 01:27:08 PM
Soda went downhill when they stopped selling Old Dutch.
 
2013-07-04 01:36:05 PM
What a bunch of jerks.

/and this stuff is like a better, sharper root beer anyway:
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2013-07-04 01:36:22 PM
Let me guess, it's sugary water.
 
2013-07-04 01:38:07 PM

Carn: I don't mind the occasional starbucks if I'm not at home to make my own since I only drink black coffee, but their stupid naming convention can suck a big fat dick.  Tall = small because that makes sense to no one.


To be fair, there's a "short" that they don't mention on their menus.
 
2013-07-04 01:41:08 PM

jmr61: I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.


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2013-07-04 01:41:45 PM

jmr61: I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.


You're over 50 and never tried coffee, ever?

What are you, some kind of dirty commie?
 
2013-07-04 01:45:49 PM
I don't really think we have time for a handjob, Joe.
 
2013-07-04 01:48:32 PM

WordyGrrl: Z-clipped: TV's Vinnie: Just get a Sodastream and use your own imagination. Even if you cannot afford syrups from independent sources (regular Sodastream syrups got Splenda up the wing-wang), you can still use thawed-out frozen juice concentrates and make sparkling juice.

Sodastream cabonated water at low-mid carbonation + lemonade concentrate = RONDO REBORN!

You could by a $100 machine that carbonates water, or you could by an old school iSi cannister for half the price that will carbonate pretty much anything.

How would that be different from a 99-cent 2-liter bottle of club soda?


First of all, to pick a nit, club soda is not sparkling water (it has salt, and sometimes sugar added).

Second, the fizzy water that comes out of a Sodastream is the same as the fizzy water that comes out of an iSi can. (and yes, the little CO2 cartiges are food grade).

The difference is, Sodastream overcharges you for their proprietary refill cannister, and an iSi can is cheaper in both the short and long run, and is a thousand times more useful. (You can make sparkling water, carbonated juice, whipped cream, Holladaise foam, carbonated watermelon chunks,... the list is endless)
 
2013-07-04 01:50:26 PM

strangeluck: jmr61: I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.

You're over 50 and never tried coffee, ever?

What are you, some kind of dirty commie?


Proud Mormon?

Either way, I'm notifying Homeland Security as we speak.
 
2013-07-04 01:52:22 PM
You can make your own cheaper, both sodas and flavored coffees. I like using flavored extracts for my coffee.

Howard Schultz is still pretty much disliked in Seattle.
 
2013-07-04 01:55:25 PM

Z-clipped: The difference is, Sodastream overcharges you for their proprietary refill cannister

....

That's all one needs to know. Staying clear of stuff like that saves a lot of money. Hell, sodastream is already being clearanced out of many stores ensuring people will be left with an expensive doorstop. Probably looks better than the betamax doorstop they're using now tho.
 
2013-07-04 01:55:29 PM

Victoly: Carn: I don't mind the occasional starbucks if I'm not at home to make my own since I only drink black coffee, but their stupid naming convention can suck a big fat dick.  Tall = small because that makes sense to no one.

To be fair, there's a "short" that they don't mention on their menus.


Ok but that still doesn't let them off the hook for grande and venti.  How about S M L XL, or just by ounce like other beverages. 4 8 12 16 20 whatever.
 
2013-07-04 01:55:53 PM
Water business is good business.
 
2013-07-04 01:59:35 PM

Carn: Victoly: Carn: I don't mind the occasional starbucks if I'm not at home to make my own since I only drink black coffee, but their stupid naming convention can suck a big fat dick.  Tall = small because that makes sense to no one.

To be fair, there's a "short" that they don't mention on their menus.

Ok but that still doesn't let them off the hook for grande and venti.  How about S M L XL, or just by ounce like other beverages. 4 8 12 16 20 whatever.


Not that I support their obvious size-name marketing ploy, but "venti" means 20.
 
2013-07-04 02:02:40 PM

jmr61: I've never tasted coffee in my 50+ years and never been in a starbucks.

This announcement isn't likely to change those facts.


You are the sum of your experiences. There are no points awarded at the end for stuff you didn't try.

Go be a more interesting person.
 
2013-07-04 02:05:32 PM

brianbutz: Living in Austin, I've gotten the chance to try them, and they taste like sugar. Not very impressed.


yeah. this. they are so busy trying to please every palate that they forget to please the people who actually have a few taste buds left in their head. As a consequence, their juice/water tastes like dishwater and their pasties are just sad.
 
2013-07-04 02:08:07 PM
"carbonata"

Does that mean it has bacon in it?
 
2013-07-04 02:09:38 PM
Nothing beats a Green River soda pop from the wooden-floored neighborhood drug store at Grand and Thatcher.  Pretty, pretty green.  Got a Mickey Mantle card there, with a thin slab of pink gum.

/lawn
 
2013-07-04 02:12:32 PM
As far as soda syrups go, William Sonoma has excellent cola and root beer syrups. Both use only cane sugar as a sweetener, no HFCS or worse, artificial sweetener.
 
2013-07-04 02:14:53 PM
I work in a restaurant that makes their own syrups for soda so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-07-04 02:21:17 PM

darkvstar: ...their pasties are just sad.


Like, "coming home from school and finding out that your old man ran over your cat" sad.

/ Like two suicide notes stuffed in a flaky crust
 
2013-07-04 02:28:10 PM
Back in, like, 1977 or there abouts, Great America (a CA amusement park) was selling home-made 5 cent root beer. It was the best, most delicious soda we ever drank. The line was tremendous to buy it, but we kept getting back in line for the drink, even though the cups were so small. Icy cold and absolutely wonderful, it was. Better than draft A&W. Never tasted any soda better before or since.
 
2013-07-04 02:29:03 PM
Fromageball:I've always wondered why Starbucks didn't do italian soda/italian cream sodas. I used to get those as a kid like 20 years ago at a neighborhood coffee shop.


That's like in old tv shows or movies.  The "soda jerk" or the Woolsworth food counter.  I think that association of going to the same place for coffee and soda for most folks of a certain age or younger never existed.
 
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