Beat The Coffee Crunch: 80p Starbucks Friday (+Possible FREE Refill)

8 October 2008

"So... what size do you think you can you handle for 80p?"

I love a good cup of Hazelnut Latte. But coffee is just way too overpriced in this country.

I support the concept of 'Fair Trade' and all, but at the average cost at £3 a visit, the price of coffee adds up fairly quickly.

So when we discovered that The Guardian is giving away free Starbucks coffee vouchers every Friday until October 24, we've been collecting 20ps like good little Eagle Scouts.

So for all you Starbucks addicts (including the ones in denial) needing to feed your caffeine frenzy, make sure you pick up a copy of the Guardian on Friday. The dates are October 10, 17 and 24.

(And if you don't wanna use the voucher, feel free to post 'em to me instead...)

Note: You get a free choice of ANY espresso based coffee, at ANY size.

And for you daredevils who want to take things to the next level... tomt82 on HUKD shared some delightful info on getting FREE Starbucks refills. As sourced from the Business121 mailing list:

'We are delighted to announce that Starbucks UK and Ireland is now offering one complimentary Tall Freshly Brewed Coffee refill to any customer who purchases any hot beverage, of any size, to enjoy in our stores.' confirmed a Starbucks spokesperson. The offer is supposed to be on permanently, and have been announced on the Telegraph website.

The refill option is supposedly only for brewed coffee at any Starbucks UK/Ireland. But hey, it may be worth asking anyway. Just don't get too greedy!

Do let us know how it goes. And give yourself a few hours after binging on the mocha before writing. Caffeine can do some crazy things. I know. I'm on it right now.

TOPICS:   Supermarket


  • Bitterwallet B.
    [...] the upside, my local Starbucks did give me a free refill.  So I suppose it may be worth asking this Friday [...]
  • Jack
    Jus what I like to see!!
  • Vince W.
    Yep. And in my local starbucks, they did give me a free refill on a latte... can't wait till Friday :)
  • Jonathan
    Friend of Vince's here... Listen: I've spent countless hours and thousands of dollars at several different Starbucks establishments in the States over the past year. I drink a lot of coffee. My focus here is to get the most bang (caffeine) for your buck. Here are a few tips vis-a-vis saving money on your favorite espresso drinks. 1. Seek out the establishments with sizable seating and reading accommodations as opposed to smaller and/or busier ones. These locations generally serve more 'regulars' than 'transients.' This is important because the baristas are actually encouraged to engage their customers via greetings and conversations. If they consider you to be a 'regular' then there is the possibility that they will treat you better (more on this below). 2. Befriend the baristas at your regular Starbucks. Be friendly... not creepy. Respond to their attempts to engage you in greetings and conversation. Be polite, be memorable, and learn their names (believe it or not, it's their job to learn yours)! 3. Get refills. Do not throw your cup away. As I understand it, the general rule is that if you bring your espresso drink cup back up to the counter they'll knock off about 20 cents from your next drink. If you have already done tip #'s 1 and 2 then you may get lucky and your barista will charge you for a regular coffee (i.e. Americano) refill which is about 50 cents total! And if you are really lucky your barista will do it for free. This is a big deal as the drinks normally cost between 3-5 dollars each! Also, if you say "refill" an inexperienced barista will sometimes hit the refill button and charge you for a regular coffee refill (i.e. 50 cents). 4. Consider ordering a 'tall.' At least in the States, Starbucks has recently outfitted most of their establishments with new machines that pull shots of espresso in two's. A tall normally has one shot. A grande normally has two shots. A venti, three. There's a little less than a dollar difference between each size. If the place is quiet there is a good chance the barista will ask you if you want a second shot of espresso free of charge because they just have to throw it away otherwise. Simply say 'yes' and you have yourself just as much espresso in your drink as you would have had had you bought a larger size. 5. Get a Starbucks card. There are a bunch of savings involved with their card as well. If you drink enough coffee it's a good idea to buy it with their rewards card. I hope this helps.
  • Beating B.
    [...] we told you about a great deal going down at Starbucks right now. One of our readers, Jonathan, responded by sharing his five top tips for sucking down [...]

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