Want to score a free Starbucks drink this Friday? Of course you do, what a silly question.
When you visit Starbucks between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. this Friday, July 14, you’ll receive a free, 12-ounce Teavana shaken iced tea infusion. No promo codes, no coupons, no BOGO. Just straight-up free.
That’s because Starbucks is celebrating a new line of drinks made with tea, fruit and botanical blends and liquid cane sugar.
They’re just 45 calories each for a grande, and come in a handful of flavors:
- Pineapple black tea
- Peach citrus white tea
- Strawberry green tea
“You get more of a true tea experience when you flavor green, white or black tea with herbal tea made from botanicals and fruit,” said Melynda Cheng, a Starbucks product developer, in a news release.
Next to water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc. Every day, more than 158 million Americans drink tea, according to their data.
“The fruit and botanical blends of pineapple, peach citrus and strawberry take the place of sweeteners for a lighter mouthfeel and more delicate flavor than other iced tea beverages,” according to Starbucks’ product developer Megan Droz. “It’s possible to mix and match the different infusions because the flavors are all complementary to our core Teavana black, green, herbal and white teas.”
New Menu Items
Starbucks also added some new items to its menu just in time for summer.
Last year, they introduced the new hot cascara latte. Now, they’re making it cool and refreshing with the iced cascara coconut milk latte, which is made with coconut milk and Cascara syrup, made from the dried skins of coffee cherries.
They’re also rolling out two new protein bowls, each with more than 23 grams of protein:
- Chicken and quinoa protein bowl
- Vegan lentils and vegetable protein bowl
Starbucks is also offering a seared steak, egg and tomatillo wrap for breakfast, and two new whoopie pies for dessert—vanilla bean and raspberry. They’re also rolling out a strawberry cake pop.
How To Get Free Refills At Starbucks
Did you know that there’s a way you could be getting free refills from Starbucks? Because there is. If you’re thinking, “tell me more” right about now, keep reading. We’ll fill you in on the details.
According to Starbucks Customer Service, in-store refills are real—but there are a few catches:
- First, as stated, the refills are only available for in-store purchases made with a registered Starbucks Card or the mobile app.
- This only applies to hot, iced or cold brew coffee beverages (so, none of the fancy stuff) or hot or iced tea.
- You must take advantage of the refill before leaving the store. So, if you like to take your time, read some news and sip on a coffee without leaving the Starbucks sitting area, be sure to grab another cup before you head off to work.
- Refills are not available through drive-thru.
So, there’s a specific set of rules that goes along with enjoying a second cup of Starbucks for free. But hey, free coffee is free coffee, after all. If that second cup of joe is worth it to you, you’ll definitely want to be sure you purchase with a Starbucks Card or mobile app and request a refill before leaving the store.
From coupons to secret menu items, there are plenty of ways to maximize your Starbucks experience, and getting free refills is definitely a good start. If you’re not a Starbucks expert just yet, don’t worry—there’s plenty of coffee to have and plenty of time to learn how to save money when buying it.
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