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Coffee City

Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

May 4, 2010 at 10:08 AM

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Poll: How do you like the new Frappuccino?

Posted by Melissa Allison

2011771478.jpgI started this poll a couple weeks ago, when a lot of regular Frappuccino drinkers had tried the new recipe. Today is the official launch, complete with TV and web promotions.

Read my longer story about why Starbucks is messing with a $2 billion product. The new Frappuccinos give customers a choice of milk, including soy, and more official ways to order decaf, extra syrup and extra coffee -- things that the company's "just say yes" baristas did unofficially before.

The photo by Seattle Times photographer Ken Lambert is of director of blended beverages and real-life bicycle commuter Ian Cranna mixing a Frappuccino while Gita Stiritz holds the lid at a headquarters employee event on Monday afternoon. Coffee lounges at Starbucks headquarters will now have Frappuccino ingredients and mixers. Maybe the stationary bikes will stick around to help fans of double chocolately chip Frappuccinos burn off the 670 calories in a 24-ounce drink?

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