PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Want To Feed Your Starbucks Addiction

This month, the Impulsive Buy will be giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card to one lucky reader. For some of you, that’s a work week’s worth of Starbucks coffee. For others, that’s two or three days of Starbucks. And for one or two super-hyper people, a $25 Starbucks gift card will sustain them for less than eight hours.

To enter The Impulsive Buy’s Starbucks gift card drawing, leave a comment with THIS post. I don’t care what you say in your comment, but it would be awesome if you shared your go to Starbucks drink. Or leave behind the name of the barista you have a crush on.

Please don’t forget to fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winner for his or her mailing address. The Impulsive Buy will stop accepting entries on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only one comment allowed per person, and it’s only open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years old.

For those of you who have a Twitter account, you can get an additional entry by tweeting the following by Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time:

@theimpulsivebuy The barista at this @starbucks is hotter than the coffee (he or she) is serving. #tsss

So just copy, paste, make the appropriate changes, and tweet. Only one tweet per Twitter account.

Good luck!

Fine Print: Starbucks is not affiliated with this prize drawing. The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you emails of things that were proven false on Snopes. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you Macy’s ads. Bribes will not be accepted. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or the long lines at Starbucks.

298 thoughts to “PRIZE DRAWING: Because I Want To Feed Your Starbucks Addiction”

  1. I used to work at a Starbucks. Loved the job and getting to play mad scientist with flavor combos. Kind of like working for Mountains Dew!

  2. I hope I win this. It would make me chlling at their cafes in Barnes and Noble and never buying anything even out, a bit.

  3. I get the most boring drink you can order ever it is a trenta shaken green tea with no sugar woohoo

  4. Rather ironically, I can now enter your prize drawings and take advantage of the prizes since I’m leaving Japan on March 29 and (almost certainly) not returning. So, this is my first real entry.

  5. Hmmm…I admit I am a Starbucks lover. I normally just buy the beans and grind them at home since it is kind of expensive to buy it on the go

  6. well I usually would get a coffee of some sorts but im recently trying to better myself with a low carb diet so I’ve been getting a trenta (spelling?) of green tea iced unsweetened. I especially love the days when my barista caprice is there. I love her!

  7. My grad school classmates get less offended by my rudeness when I have a caramel macchiato in hand. Wait, I mean, I’m less rude in the mornings when I have a macchiato in hand. Think of my classmates, give me some macchiatos!

  8. My first job was working at a Starbucks at a turnpike rest stop 8 years ago & I’ve worked in coffee shops ever since. I’m now the lead barista/assistant manager at an independent shop & a total coffee addict. I’d love it if you’d feed my addiction so I could occasionally treat myself to a soy cappuccino instead of my usual brew of the day with a touch of steamed soy. Kapow!

  9. Oh, Starbucks…I really can’t avoid this place even if I wanted to (and I don’t, because I do enjoy me some Starbucks occasionally!) because it is literally right across the street from my college campus dorm where I currently live…literally, just 100 feet away. Haha! So I do hope I can win a Starbucks gift card, and I say a great good luck to the other people entering the contest as well!

  10. My go to drink is usually a Mocha or Mocha Frappuccino depending on the season.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. I generally do a grande hazelnut latte with fat-free milk… I’m trying to lose some weight and I can stand the skim milk, but not the fake sugar in the syrup.

  12. I love Starbucks! Pike’s Place when it’s cold; mocha frappachino when it’s hot (most of the time in Houston).

  13. My favorite is a caramel creme frap with 2 pumps each of caramel and chocolate, whipped cream, and a caramel drizzle.

  14. My favorite of all time Starbucks drink a special something they had called the “Maple Mocciato” … They only had it for ONE CHRISTMAS SEASON and never brought it back. It tasted like pancakes with syrup. The year was 2006. We emailed Starbucks after that and they said they were never bringing it back since it hadn’t done as well as they expected 🙁 Now I just get a peppermint mocha. sigh.

  15. Oooooh wee, what’s up with that? What’s up with that? I said what’s uppppppppppp with THAT?

  16. As long as it has caramel flavoring in it, I will gulp it down like it’s life-sustaining medicine.

  17. Grande white chocolate mocha no whip. Or a vanilla chai latte. However, right now, I’ll pass and go back to bed.

  18. Venti iced coffee black. Once I got the trenta but I couldn’t even finish it (and I drink coffee likes it’s… well, beer, I guess) so always a venti.

  19. Love Starbucks–I work in retail & there is one right across from our store in the strip mall where I work. Sadly, on my retail wages, it’s a rare treat. Winning this would make my day!

  20. Today is Mardi Gras & I am preparing to go to Bourbon Street by drinking my giant monster cup of French Roast. “Show me your ****!”

  21. Going with my rather traditional favorite of a Grande Hazelnut Cappuccino (Whole Milk).

    And my baristas? Too many to name, mainly the raven haired, skinny, ironic types.

  22. I’m a bit boring–my go to is just a tall coffee (their darkest choice available) with two sweeteners. Unless it’s Christmas. Then I partake in the sugar insanity with the peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes!

  23. I love the Caramel Brulee Latte when they have it. Otherwise the Cinnamon Latte is kind of my fall back.
    The Baristas at my Starbucks of choice are either old ladies or gay boys so I try not to get crushes on them, they would never like me back.. 🙁

  24. My go-to beverage at Starbucks is anything they put the caramel-flavored crack crystals on. Yumyumyumyum!

  25. Their coffee taste likes it has been brewed freshly with donkey vomit.

    However, I do quite enjoy their bagels.

  26. I don’t make use of the convenient drive-thru located just a few blocks away nearly often enough.

  27. I like to order a Cafe Misto which is a super fancy and kind of lame way of saying “coffee with hot milk”.

  28. My favorite Starbucks drink that I ALWAYS get is a Grande Carmel frappuccino light with drizzle!! And the bartistia I have a crush on is married… We tried to hook him up with my friend but then we noticed his ring. :/

  29. Just coffee. A big coffee. Black and filled to the brim. Starbucks coffee is hyper caffeinated, more than their espresso. :]

  30. I like to order a grande bold with room. And one day… ONE DAY, I will meet a barista who leaves the appropriate amount of room for milk. But that day has not come yet.

  31. I never get drinks at Starbucks, my go-to order at Starbucks is either a sweet treat OR breakfast like their oatmeal or breakfast wrap. I hate coffee!!

  32. I work at an airport and I walk to the next terminal over from mine every day for my strbx fix. 🙂

  33. I drink way too much coffee and way too much Starbucks. My go-to drink is probably a venti iced coffee with an extra shot or two of espresso.

  34. Grande mocha with a classic coffee cake treat. The manager quit at my local Sbux and it hasn’t been the same since.

  35. I love to get a Venti Raspberry Mocha—a hot one when it’s cold outside or a Frap. during the hot summer time in Texas. Wish I had one right now!!

  36. Best starbucks ive ever been to…in SPAIN!! there was one on every corner, it was hard not to go into one. favorite drink would e anything chocolaty!

  37. The barista at my local Starbucks has memorized my name. . . except she thinks it is Matt, and my name is Ben and I don’t have the heart to correct her because she is this cute spunky old lady. Oh well.

  38. My friend once told a male barista that he had really pretty blue eyes just so she can get extra mocha drizzle on her frappuccino.

  39. My drink is a white mocha frap with a caramel drizzle. Or a sweetened passion tea lemonade. Om nom nom.

  40. I almost always order a plain and simple Americano, maybe adding some extra shots when I’m tired.

  41. A Starbucks gift card will spare me the complaining of my fiance when she goes to purchase one of their drinks. 😛

  42. My all-time favorite drink from Starbucks is a Green Tea Frapp! runner up would be a Chai Tea Latte. Third are the Passionfruit iced teas.The irony that my favorite drinks from a coffee mega-giant aren’t coffee isn’t lost on me. 🙂

  43. My go-to Starbucks drink? I call it the Harvest Hippie: Nonfat Chai Latte with pumpkin spice syrup…or sometimes the gingerbread syrup (in season, of course).

    Takes delicious to a whole new level 🙂 Oh, but make sure they reduce the # of pumps so it’s not super sweet.

  44. I think the barista at the local Starbucks is hitting on me, but I’ve cut Starbucks out of my budget for the rest of the year. If I win the card I’ll be able to go back and find out.

  45. While coffee/tea is a terribly unsustainable addiction, I myself tend to be heavy on Starbucks chai lattes when I have a couple of dollars that I try to pretend I never had. For how little I usually go, a 25$ gift certificate would ideally serve me for about a month. I can’t say it’d last that long though, seems like it’d be extra motivation to get a drink when I don’t need one 🙂

  46. I’m dirt poor, so I just get a small, er I mean tall coffee. If I win this, I may indulge in one of those fancy schmancy drinks, so please gimme the prize.

  47. Unsweetened Iced Coffee and nibbles. The bakery stuff is a quick treat, but I get cravings for the Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Panini.

    However, if I won the card I’d probably give it to my hard-working (16 hour days) husband. He loves to experiment with all the flavors and he really needs the caffeine and calories to make it through the day.

  48. I’ve never actually been to a Starbucks but it might be cool to go to one so I’ll enter for the chance to experiment. Starbucks is too expensive low-class poor folk like myself.

  49. I just canceled an interview with Caribou about an hour ago. I would like to say it’s because I love Starbucks and don’t want to cheat on them, but it’s really because Caribou wouldn’t pay me more than $8.50/hour. But anyway… Yay Starbucks!

  50. Iced raspberry latte if I have a gift card; if I have to use real money I go with an iced quad espresso and load up on half & half!

  51. Winter beverage: venti green tea latte unsweetened
    Summer beverage: venti iced green tea half-sweetened

  52. One time I went to starbucks and asked for a hazelnut iced latte and the guy misheard me and made a hazelnut green tea instead and I felt dumb for not correcting him and drank it all.

    It wasn’t bad.

  53. My friends and family hate it when I order, they think i’m too difficult but if I’m paying I want it made right. Venti Carmel Macchiato Light foam, 140, stirred. Ranelle at the Kauai Village Shopping Center Starbucks on Kaua’i gets it right every time!

  54. i just get a regular ol cup of coffee because i’m cheap! winning a giftcard will allow me to splurge on a cup of coffee with a shot of flavor… OMG!

  55. I can’t drink coffee, so I think I would have to give the gift card to my fiance. Our anniversary is coming up so it’s perfect.

  56. I went to the same college as Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ CEO. I’ve seen his yearbook picture.

  57. Wellllll since I worked there and I’ve tried literally every drink there is to be had… I’d have to say my favorite is definitely the chai frap. Not well known, but it’s freaking delicious.

  58. I’m partial to the salted carmel mocha. Tragically it’s seasonal though, so when I’m forced to go without I jsut have to add some Morton’s Sea Salt to my drink.

  59. (this is the woman speaking, I don’t speak Starbuckese)

    Venty soy salted caramel latte.


  60. I LOVE the double shot on ice sub vanilla. A lot of the newer Starbucks and newer employees don’t know what it is. Two shots espresso and simple syrup shaken over ice and then cream poured on top. Super delish!

  61. I always get the caramel Venti frapp. 4 out of 5 times I got a hot barista when I order. The next time I visit will be caramel macchiato.

  62. My favorite Starbucks drink is the Green Tea Frappucino. Everyone thinks it’s disgusting cause it’s bright green but I love it.

    I love your blog btw… yesterday I was in Target, and I saw Birthday Cake Oreos. I thought they sounded like something you’d review… then I came home and checked your site, and there was a review for them.

  63. My go to Starbucks drink is a grande brewed pike place coffee BLACK! no sugar or fancy syrups for me….

  64. My usual. Nonfat caffe latte with sugar free vanilla syrup for the colder months. Or a skinny mocha frappucino during summer.

  65. The baristas at the Starbucks across the street from my apartment know what to start making when I walk in the door. Yes, life is good….

  66. My secret Starbucks recipe – Apple Pie Frappuccino!

    I put the recipe in my phone and if the barrista doesn’t look too busy or stressed, I’ll order it and usually they make some to try for themselves. So good, you’ve got to try it. 🙂

    1) Milk to the first line
    2) Apple juice/cider to the 2nd line
    3) 2,3, or 4 pumps of cinnamon dulce syrup depending on size
    4) frappuccino cream base (#of pumps depending on size again)
    5) scoop of ice + a little extra
    6) blend in caramel sauce and cinnamon powder
    7) top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and cinnamon powder

    Voila! <3

  67. I usually grab my Starbucks fix first thing in the morn just before class, so the last thing on myind is the Barissta ;). It’s been a while.
    My guilty pleasure: a hot chocolate grande, 4 pumps of Mocha and no whipped cream.
    My Hubby loves their green tea and pumpkin spice latte.

  68. go to drink: grande red eye topped with soy milk
    guilty pleasure: double shot short irish creme caffe breve

  69. Ever the Starbucks fanatic, my go-to Starbucks drink is definitely a grande Blonde roast with sugar-free vanilla syrup, two splendas, and a splash of skim milk!

  70. White Chocolate Mocha with two extra shots of espresso = yum! Or if I am in a rush, just a simple red eye, black coffee + shot of espresso, and a dash of cinnamon.

  71. My normal drink is an iced grande non-fat caramel macchiato. In the winter, if I’m feeling indulgent, I go for a tall non-fat, no-whip peppermint white mocha.

    When I really just need a caffeine boost, it’s an iced venti caramel Starbucks doubleshot. This item isn’t on the menu anymore, but most baristas know how to make it. I think the venti has 5 shots of espresso.

  72. If I win, I promise to order drinks in the manner of Peter King to the best of my ability. I’m not saying I’ll consume those, but, y’know, all in the spirit and all…

  73. I’ve only had thick, arabic coffee this past year. It’s good, but I would kill for a frappacino!

  74. My usual large coffee with two shots of espresso would be great about now. I just wish you could get the 32oz as a hot beverage.

  75. Get any brownie points cause i’m a leap year baby? I don’t mess with the goodness of cafe americano!

  76. Oh jeez. I wannnnt this. I’m in college. AKA no money and a great need for caffeine. I would lovvve this

  77. When I’m feeling non-cheapskate, which is close to never, I go for the caramel frappuccino. Yumm.

  78. I was in South Beach and I really had to pee, so I snuck into a Starbucks to peruse their toiletries. But the bathroom door required a passcode to get in! I asked the barista for said passcode, to which he replied, with flirty eyes, “You’re gonna have to buy something first.” My bladder didn’t even want to think about intaking more liquid, but I bought a vanilla frappucino anyway. I love vanilla fraps.

  79. Vanilla latte has been my go to drink recently; sometimes the only thing that’s keeping me awake during contracts and property each afternoon!

  80. Generally a iced venti skinny caramel macchiato (or however it’s spelled) but every once and awhile I try something new.

  81. My friends and I like to make weekly Starbucks runs (we literally run there). One of my friends gets the caramel frappachino, but me, being cheap, likes to order water (it’s free 😀 ).

  82. I can’t start the day without a venti quad skinny peppermint mocha. It’s like Christmas all year long!

  83. i also used to work at starbucks. i don’t have a go-to with all the crazy options and combos they have now, but i sure get weird looks when i order!

  84. typically it’s a triple grande skinny ______ latte, insert whatever flavor i’m feeling at the moment. occasionally i’ll get a soy chai latte when i’m feeling adventurous.

  85. My order normally consists of one of the following items:

    Trenta Iced Coffee with just a little bit of skim milk, shot of vanilla and light ice (if you opt for light ice, you get more drink)

    Venti Skilly Vanilla Iced Latte, Light Ice

    Venti Non-Fat, No Whip Cafe Mocha

    The determining factor is how much I wanna spend.

  86. either a chai tea latte or something obnoxious like a non-fat sugar free super venti caramel frappuchino.

    sigh. there’s a starbucks next to where I work. It’s got me tempted now!

  87. My go-to drink is a venti starbucks double shot with two pumps raspberry, two pumps white mocha, and breve. Oh and also I work at Starbucks lol. Sucks because I’m surrounded by tasty drinks and pastries all day and we’re not allowed to even have one free employee drink! It’s total bullshit haha

  88. Always…the Grande Skinny Caramel Latte. Sooooo good! Thanks for giving this away! I’m sure whoever gets it will be very happy!

  89. iced nonfat caramel latte w/ an extra espresso shot.
    i think you just made my afternoon plans… a trip to starbucks is now in order!!!

  90. I love Starbucks. Recently I asked one of the bartistas what she recommended as I needed something strong, so she asked if I ever had a Starbucks double shot. I had no idea what it was but when she described it to me it sounded right up my alley. I order it on ice (light) sweetened with non fat milk and a dolop of whip on top…..always venti. OMG I have not had one today now I’m craving. :0)

  91. Cinnamon apple spice. With a shit-ton of whipped cream.
    I like my drinks how I like my women
    Hot, covered in whipped cream, and in a cup

  92. OMG!! I would love this, I have had to cut Starbuckies out of my life because of the expense. Now, unfortunately my favorite drink is only available at the holidays, it is an eggnog mocha, it is the best. Don’t worry though, I will content myself with a salted carmel mocha any day of the week.

  93. HOW AWESOME IS THIS??? Im addicted to your website & now you tease a fat girl with the possobility of winning this great prize?!?! If I win then I dont have to go to the bank to get a loan for a Starbuck’s strawberries & cream frapp! Will yall be doing a give away for movie theater snacks or do I need a loan for those too?? Haha

  94. My go to is a soy vanilla latte, but I sometimes just have to get a peppermint mocha. Thanks for the drawing!

  95. Anything grande and nonfat. Recently lost my job and was actually gonna apply to Starbucks, maybe I’ll be someone’s barista crush, haha.

  96. Love Starbucks and this site. Would love to win as I love to travel to Starbucks as a treat when I do not have the children with me.

  97. I’m not loyal to any particular Starbucks’ concoction. I only require that it includes a double shot, because really, if there’s no caffiene buzz, what’s the point?

  98. I’m such a broke college kid that Starbucks is genuinely a luxury that I only indulge in like bi-monthly. I thought that was ok, that I was being cool and non-mainstream til my mom brought home some Starbucks brew. From that bag came the most delicious coffee aroma EVER. And now my lack of Starbucks depresses me. 🙁

    I love the seasonal pumpkin spice latte, but normally I go for the salted caramel mocha. Ugh, I need to go on my bi-monthly visit soon!

  99. I’m not a coffee fan, but I do enjoy some drinks at Starbucks. When it’s in season, I am a complete Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate fiend!! I think I spend at least $50+ on indulging myself in them last winter. When it’s not the season though, I usually dilly dally in their frappuccinos, mmmm.

  100. My drinks of choice… both mind numbingly amazing.

    quad grande 3 pump white mocha 3 pump chai whole milk no water chai latte

    quad vente 2 pump white mocha 2 pump chai 1 pump pumpkin spice 1 pump cinnamon dolce white mocha

  101. Thanks for the fun contest. I always get a grande coffee with skim milk and a mini cupcake. I never hold up the line with my simple order!

  102. Not too many hot barristas at my local Starbucks, but what the hell. I love the peppermint mochal with non-fat milk but hate the Skinny Peppermint mocha, which uses a different, wimpy chocolate syrup.

  103. I love the skinny lattes, or the caramel macchiatos. I try to try something new every time I go.

  104. We only get Starbucks during half-price frappucino time. What a great giveaway, thank you 🙂

  105. Hi there! The cutest barista I ever encountered was in Miami. He had locs. My fro and his locs would have been a hair match made in coffee heaven. As for the drink choice, I go real simple at starbucks: coffee with soy milk, or caramel hot chocolate.
    Great blog, keep up the good work 🙂

  106. If I’m in the mood for a hot drink, it’s definitely the White Chocolate Mocha. For a cold drink, it’s the Iced White Chocolate Mocha with Cinnamon Dulce syrup! Yum-o!

  107. My drink at Starbucks is a vanilla caramel frappe with white chocolate and extra caramel with whipped cream.

  108. I drive 30 miles and get 2 Vente mochas that I make last a week. They are really good chilled in my smoothies.

    Our town is too small, so it’s a real treat when I get to break away and get my mocha fix. And yes even with a Sheetz and their coffee…there IS a difference!

  109. I love starbucks, i met my first bf there, i was 17 @ the time. I was on lunch break so i went threw the drive threw. The punk messed up my order so i went inside it get it fixed. Inside beholds the love of my life. he was wearing a sexy v neck tee. Drinking a tall moca, he looked over and omg! i got his #. The drink i got was a tall non fat no whip iced pumpkin spice latte

  110. Love Starbucks Caramel Macchiato! My favorite barista at my local Albertson’s will serve me before the store opens. She rocks!

  111. I don’t have a go-to drink–I get something different every time. Their chocolate PB petite cupcake is worth an encore, though.

  112. I have been suppressing the urge to buy a matcha green tea latte for…at least 3 years now. Would be nice to have a gift card to finally cave in ^_^

  113. I love skinny caramel macchiato. And I enjoy a good Impulsive Buy read.

    Now, let’s get caffeinated!

  114. My all time fave is Caramel Macchiatto but when I’m on a budget, I go with iced coffee, lightly sweetened.

  115. Venti Java Chip Frap to help me stay up during my 7 am “classroom organization and mangagement skills geared specifically towards special education” class.

  116. OMG GIVE ME ALL YOUR STARBUCKS. Thre’s a Starbucks right below my office, and can I tell you? I die.
    That said, my favorite drink is anything with cinnamon dolce. I usually get a dark roast coffee with a shot of cinnamon dolce, plus I bring my own travel cup for a refill and it’s a dollar.

  117. White Chocolate Mocha, keep it simple ya know. Many times I go into Starbucks I say to myself I’m going to try something new and different, but when I get to the counter I get nervous and fall back to the old standard.

  118. I used to work there –

    Iced Quad Venti 8P Sugar Free Vanilla Nonfat Extra Caramel Caramel Macchiato 😀

  119. I really enjoy the salted caramel iced mocha but it’s a seasonal item, my go to is always triple venti light ice white mocha, and it doesnt hurt that the barista at the location I go to has the looks of a gorgeous Greek God 😉 definitely a good way to start my days!!!

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