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Actually, Starbucks DOES Know How to Spell Colombia

ColombiaFacebookPicFor today’s example of a journalist linking to an article without fully reading that article, we turn to Boston-based GlobalPost blogger Timothy McGrath. Halfway down McGrath’s dishonor roll of celebrities, companies and media outlets that have recently and erroneously trumpeted the country of Colombia as “Columbia,” he calls out Starbucks.

However, had McGrath properly read Wall Street Journal Bogota-based reporter Dan Molinski‘s piece about the social media movement spearheaded in February 2013 by Colombian digital media executive Carlos Pardo, he would have realized that Starbucks is in this case not to blame:

The movement can take its nagging too far. When a television show about plans Starbucks has to come to Colombia [in 2014] misspelled the country, many here quickly blamed Starbucks itself. Hundreds of Colombians, with national pride on display, used it as a rallying cry to urge the company to stay away.

Starbucks said it wasn’t to blame. “Our 42-year heritage with Colombian coffee farmers dates back to Starbucks’ 1971 founding. We definitely know the difference between Colombia and Columbia,” the Seattle company said in a statement.

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Starbucks to Give Oprah Her Own Tea Blend

oprah-ownStarting April 29, Oprah fans can get a little closer to the media maven by drinking tea bearing her name. Starbucks has announced that Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the country at the end of next month.

Oprah worked with a teaologist (kids, don’t tell your parents this is what you’re studying at college) to create the blend, which is described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos.” Who doesn’t love rooibos?

A portion of the sales of Teavana Oprah Chai will go to Oprah’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

If each bag of the tea doesn’t feature Oprah’s face, Starbucks made a big mistake.

[h/t: GrubStreet]

AP, Bloomberg Start Spreading the Starbucks Tea News

AP food and beverage writer Candice Choi spoke to a current owner of an NYC tea house, wondering how they felt about the arrival Thursday in Manhattan of Starbucks’ first Teavana Tea Bar. The company bought up Teavana’s 300 retail locations last fall, located mainly in shopping malls, but this is the first NYC fancy re-brand rollout.

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Jenny Ho, part-owner of Harlem’s Culture Tea Bar, told Choi she welcomes the entry of the Seattle coffee giant into this adjacent product field:

Ko said she thinks her tea shop has enough unique offerings to withstand the competition. Besides, she said Starbucks’ push should lead to greater awareness about teas in general.

“That’s how everyone got into coffee, after Starbucks opened,” Ko said.

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New York Times Offers 15 Free Articles if You Can Just Stomach Starbucks’ Terrible Coffee

Bad coffee enthusiasts rejoice! The New York Times has announced a partnerhsip with Starbucks that gives those using Starbucks’ wifi free access to 15 articles per day.

Under the plan, those visiting Starbucks who navigate to the Times’ site can read three articles per day from the paper’s Business, News, Most Emailed and Technology sections. A fifth, rotating option will align with that day’s special section. So for example, Friday customers could access Weekend and Saturday they could read articles from the Times Magazine.

All you have to do to take part in this deal is be able to drink Starbucks coffee. Is it worth it? Well, that depends on if your stomach is made of iron and your tastebuds have been dulled to the point of no return. If that’s the case, then yes, it is worth it.

[Image via Flickr - ArdenStreet]

Sundown on Sunset: Overlooked

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Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have a “spiritual marriage” only –she must have taken a gander at his child support payments.

Paramount spent a lot of money to make Cloverfield look like junk.

Starbucks adopts skinny platform, but not Rollerskate Skinny.

Kim Masters is at Sundance, where everything is frosty. Anne Thompson explains why:

Twenty films were bought for $53 million. So far, 14 have been released and grossed $34 million.

Katie Couric is the living embodiment of the “wrong words at the wrong time”.

And time moves slowly in the Bay Area, where a Salon blogger just now saw an FBLA post from October (we’ve heard of slow dial-up, but really). Her response:

I just wanted to say that while I certainly don’t mind your disagreeing with my point of view, it would be more effective if you weren’t an asshole about it.

Define effective.

(photo by Tomspixels)

Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007

ang lee.jpegAng Lee is back with a new film and like his last boundary-pushing pic, “Brokeback Mountain,” the Oscar-winning helmer pushes the envelope again but this time it’s with the MPAA. His newest film, “Lust, Caution,” just received an NC-17 rating, Variety reports. It’s an erotic espionage thriller which is set to premiere in Toronto next month. Get some of the dirty details on why “Lust, Caution” kissed its way to dreaded NC-17 territory here.

It was kind of a big deal when Starbucks opened its doors and clientele to Hollywood marketing gurus who hoped that in-store campaigns for studio pics would lead to a frenzy of caffeine-induced ticket sales. However, Variety reports that a potential boon in receipts has so far tasted more like a stale cup of decaf.

Members of the Directors Guild of America won’t be getting any free DVD screeners this year heading into awards season, Variety reports. Guild guy Dave McNary gave the news to DGA members in today’s paper and wrote that the news comes following last year’s semi-controversial awards season when Paramount/DreamWorks caught some flack for getting the green light to send out “Dreamgirls” screeners to DGA members.

Fox‘s blonde and busty “Anchorwoman” will have to find a new medium for her talents. THR reports that the network has pulled the plug on the pseudo-reality show less than 24 hours after airing the first episode, which barely managed to cross the 2 million mark in viewers. Maybe she can see if there is an opening on “Girls Next Door.”

THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Paramount is rounding up the troops for a live-action take on the “G.I. Joe” brand with Stephen Sommers signing on to direct. Pic is based on the popular Hasbro military action figures.
- CHRIS GARDNER