I love the start of Starbucks “red cup” season. The appearance of those glorious cups marks the beginning of two months of holiday beverages in their stores.
But over the weekend I heard a nasty Starbucks rumor.
I tried to order an Eggnog Chai (which is a Chai Tea Latte made with eggnog instead of milk) because I cannot drink any of the coffee-based drinks.
“I’m sorry, we won’t have eggnog this year”, the associate replied.
What? I didn’t understand. I’d been in a Peet’s near this establishment the day before and had already had my first Eggnog Chai of the season.
“Only the Pacific Northwest is getting eggnog this season.”
Tragic. Surely he misunderstood. Or maybe it was some strange Northern California thing.
I meandered into my local Starbucks in Texas this morning, determined to put the nasty Starbucks rumor to rest.
I glanced up at the chalkboard of specials.
Gingerbread Latte? Check.
Peppermint Mocha? Check.
Caramel Brulee Latte? Check.
It was missing.
I asked the staff? They were confused too.
One volunteered that he took had heard the Starbucks rumor of “no eggnog”.
I quickly took to the internet where I discovered the following text under the Eggnog Latte beverage:
Our Eggnog Latte brings holiday cheer to fans every year. Rich espresso mingles with perfectly spiced eggnog and milk, and is finished with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Only available in the Pacific Northwest and western and central Canada.
So lucky you if you live in the Pacific Northwest or the western half of Canada. (Although if you are in Canada, you should be at Tim Hortons where you belong, not overpaying for coffee at Starbucks!)
For the rest of us, that means no Eggnog Latte, no Eggnog Chai, and no Eggnog Frappuccino. And for those of us who do not drink coffee, it means just the same old boring choices we get the rest of the year.
Granted, this just negated my normal holiday weight gain so I should be probably be saying “thank you”.
But right now I’m feeling like the Grinch stole my red cup.