Heartwarming holiday surprises


    THIS time, Christmas will be a little different as it might not be as festive and what everyone expects it to be. However, it will always be merry through sharing kindness and giving cheer.

    Keith Cole, Starbucks Philippines head of marketing and category, is thrilled to share what they have in store for everyone this holiday season.

    Starbucks is offering new Christmas beverages, delicious food, new cards to add to the collection and an assortment of merchandise for any gifting occasion.

    Carry the merry with new and returning favorites.

    The new Jolly Baked Apple Latte sparks multi-sensory delight with its creamy blend of espresso and spiced apples topped with a delicate drizzle of apple sauce and candied apple sprinkles.

    The fan-favorite Toffee Nut Crunch Latte also returns to bring the familiar and comforting layers of buttery toffee with notes of sweet and toasted nuts.

    The icy and minty Peppermint Mocha now celebrates its 18th year of carrying the holiday joy with its flavorful taste inspired by traditional holiday candies.

    Holiday beverages are available in hot, iced, and blended formats.

    Start the morning with ready-to-drink beverages.

    The canned Doubleshot embodies deep and invigorating espresso flavors, in both the sweet Milky Espresso and the chocolatey Dark Mocha.

    Power one’s day with bottled beverages such as the Caramel Frappuccino for a buttery taste or Vanilla Frappuccino for an enjoyable treat with a low-fat milk option.

    Those who want to be an at-home barista can master their craft as Starbucks brings back the Christmas Blend and Christmas Blend Espresso Roast.

    Back for the holidays is the Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2020 with the new inclusion of Sulawesi coffee, whose hand-selected beans from Indonesia bring a delicate aroma of butterscotch sweetness, with flavors evoking memories of past holidays while one celebrates the joys of the present.

    Indulge in savory delights and sweet treats.

    Chocolate lovers can enjoy returning favorites like the 17-layer Chocolate Crepe Cake with Belgian chocolate filling, and the big and chewy Chocolate Chip Overload Cookie. There are also new flavors in store such as the Triple Chocolate Cake and the Chocolate Chip Doughnut.

    For meatier pairings, one can opt for the returning Chicken Fajita Roll, the new Italian special Prosciutto Cotto and Mozzarella Panzerotti, and the slow-roasted Holiday Ham, Eggwhite, Cheese on Croissant Bun. Meat-free breakfast delights are also available, including the crispy and light Mushroom Bun, and the buttery Cheesy Spinach Tree.

    The Apple Berry Crumble Cheesecake, Holiday Coffee Cake, and PBJ Doughnut are other new options.

    These joyful holiday offerings can be ordered in-store, to-go, drive-thru or via GrabFood.

    Meanwhile, show love and thoughtfulness with holiday cards which will be available in four designs – Maligayang Pasko, Snowman, Holiday Tree and Holiday Animals – for an initial activation amount of P300. A special Red Cup 2020 Card will be released for an initial activation amount of P500.

    Starbucks brings a commemorative 23rd anniversary journal and card gift set inspired by the iconic siren. Priced at P2,700, the whimsical gift bundle is inclusive of a journal, a leather clutch, plus a card with an initial activation amount of P1,000.

    The annual Christmas tradition sparks joy with 2021 planners and organizers.

    This holiday season, Starbucks brings to life the stories behind its brand through the 2021 planners and organizers, featuring four Philippine-exclusive designs that serve as a fresh canvas for everyone to chronicle dreams, hopes and whims.

    The Starbucks Siren (Green) Planner comes in a hardbound recycled PU (synthetic) leather cover, with meticulous details of the mythical siren debossed on its front cover.

    The 2021 Starbucks Teavana Youthberry Planner arrives in a fresh yellow hue, featuring intrinsic details of the siren tail in gold, embossed on its recycled PU leather cover.

    The Starbucks Frappuccino Organizer in coral pink pops in a posh and youthful color with a sleek multifunctional carrier laced by a premium rose gold logo zipper pull. It consists of several built-in pockets.

    The 2021 Starbucks Reserve Black Organizer dawns on a classic black color that exudes a minimalistic yet elevated feel for customers.

    To complement all the unique features of 2021 planners and organizers, each choice provides a bookmark, a set of fun and colorful stickers, along with tear-off vouchers.

    Get hold of the most-coveted items by collecting a total of 18 stickers – from November 3 to January 4, 2021 – using either the paper promo card or the e-promo card in Starbucks Philippines mobile app, with one sticker awarded for any purchase of a tall, grande or venti handcrafted beverage in-stores.

    Starbucks Rewards members can place their beverage orders using the app or mobile device and claim them safely in-stores starting November 17.

    “We aim to continue to uplift and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup, one neighborhood at a time,” Cole said, as Starbucks stores turn red, Christmas songs play in the background and the smell of coffee fills the air.