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via The Consumerist

Seattle Woman Determined To Only Consume Starbucks Products For Entire Year

Many of us have probably already broken our New Year’s resolutions by now — if we ever made any to begin with — but one woman in Seattle says she’s determined to stick out the entire 365 days of 2013 consuming nothing but products made by Starbucks and its associated companies.

It’s perhaps good timing that she’s doing this year-long experiment after Starbucks has acquired Tazo Tea and Evolution Fresh juices. That way, she’s not just limited to the standard ‘bucks hot beverages.


“I’ve been going in and getting their nutrition by the cup charts for all their serving sizes,” the woman, whose actual name is Beautiful Existence (a choice my mom came oh-so-close to making when I was born), tells MyNorthwest.com. “I’m already getting a feel for what to eat — the plain nut pack as a snack because it only has 190 calories, compared to the piece of pumpkin bread.”

Of course, this all comes with what some would call a hefty price. So far, she’s averaging $18.79 a day on food and drink from Starbucks. For those of you who eat out all the time, this might seem like pennies. But some bargain shoppers who save money by eating in (and making their own coffee) will probably see that as wasteful.

But Ms. Existence, who says she does not work for Starbucks and is receiving no payment for her efforts, says she doesn’t mind spending the money.

“The company pays good benefits for part-time workers,” she explains. “That’s where my money is going.”

For those interested in following this story, Ms. Existence’s exploits are updated on a regular basis on her personal blog.

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I’m glad someone has the time to do this so I don’t have to. Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are good and I get their gingerbread every holiday season. The coffee is okay but locally we like Mercury’s much much better.







  1. bitterclinger

    January 10th, 2013

    To each his own.

    I’d rather eat at home and brew my own coffee at home. I know exactly what’s in it, who made it and how clean the place was. She must be independently wealthy. But then again, with a handle like that (and no doubt a liberal arts educations), she probably works at a coffee bar herself.

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  2. Not within a 100 miles of me

    January 10th, 2013

    Never been to one. Seems like a lefty hangout.

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  3. indiemex

    January 10th, 2013

    Unless things have changed in the past few years, that is pure crap that Starbucks gives good bennies to part time employees. I lived in Hawaii, which has had a mandatory healthcare provision law for employees working over 20 hours per week, (I believe it’s 20), for several years now. Almost without exception, the entire non-managerial staff worked 19 hours a week. For my friends that worked there, it turned out to be a lot more of a subsistance situation than a “beautiful” one.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 10th, 2013

  5. Tim

    January 10th, 2013

    Whatever trips your trigger.

    It’s really kind of sad that someone’s existence is so pathetic she has to resort to this sort of “Hey, Look at Me!”

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  6. Redwagyu

    January 10th, 2013


    “Beautiful Existence” Ya know, I was thinking about changing my name to “UnF**king Believable”

    or maybe Johnny Manziel
    I can’t decide….

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  7. scr_north

    January 10th, 2013

    Great, it’s such a joy to see libs deal with themselves and saving a real human the trouble.

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  8. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 10th, 2013

    Wow. Velma Dinkley has really hit rock bottom.

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  9. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 10th, 2013

    I used to get their frappucino dealies but something in it doesn’t agree with me. I drink Dunkin Donuts coffee now. Even the Caffeine free version tastes good.

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  10. grayscape

    January 10th, 2013

    Progressive’s devotion to big corporations is like conservative’s devotion to liberty.

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  11. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 10th, 2013

    Something about $6 coffee and pretension just goes against my grain.

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  12. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 10th, 2013

    And where does “B.E.” get that eighteen dollars a day? An Obumfuk EBT card?

    BTW, in my line of work, “B.E.” stands for Barium Enema, which I think that gal could use.

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  13. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 10th, 2013

    Great God almighty, shoot me now before they ban guns, make us all drink from the Starbucks trough (yuck!)and we turn into zombies like her.

    My new name will be Miserable Existence.

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  14. Birdie Num Num

    January 10th, 2013

    A little background on Starbucks.

    The founders of the chain were experienced in the restaurant and marketing business and did considerable market research.

    Part of their research program involved coffee taste testing panels.

    One thing they discovered was that given a choice between coffee that had was stale or was over-roasted (burnt), the tasters preferred the burnt coffee.

    The Starbucks people knew that it was going to be difficult to consistently supply thousands of stores nationwide (and worldwide) with fresh coffee so they made the decision to deliberately over roast their coffee beans in order to camouflage any staleness.

    They then marketed that burnt taste as a premium, upscale product complete with pretentious packaging and terminology (“barristas”,etc)to attract the ‘hip’, urban doofus market and they succeeded wildly.

    It’s a classic P.T Barnum story.

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  15. OTA Mom

    January 10th, 2013

    And the point of her mission is…? In “Super Size Me” it was a nutritional vendetta, but one could safely assume her purpose differs, whatever it is.

    A venti caramel frappuccino for me, light syrups but keep the whipped cream and drizzle. Oh, and a cranberry scone, please.

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  16. OTA Mom

    January 10th, 2013

    Ok, to save everyone else from asking the same obvious question, I sucked it up and read a couple of pages of the blog (i.e., all I could take). She appears to be a mother of a small child, hopefully she is not under the influence of whatever hallucinogen she’s on to forget to feed her kid properly. To wit:

    “As with most of life’s challenging questions about WHY?… things start out with reservation and hesitation, even fear, loathing, upset or ridicule. But it’s what that questioning LEADS TO… the ideas, the engagement, the creativity, the expression, the INVOLVEMENT in life that make my questions, my challenges, my voice of only eating/drinking Starbucks for a year all the more sweet. Because it is the question itself that brings us to what it is to be a woman, a mother, a blogger, a eater and drinker of only Starbucks for a year, basically… what it is to be a HUMAN.

    And THAT, no matter how many times the question WHY? is asked, or by whom, or for what reason, is ALWAYS going to be your answer.

    So again, WHY? am I doing this challenge? Or WHY? will I do any challenge in the future? Because I LOVE being human and I LOVE the privilege of being able to ask the question WHY? in the first place! I love the question WHY? because sometimes I find that the answer leaves me with even more questions about life… and then, my circle starts all over again and I wouldn’t want my WHY? any other way.”

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  17. HarleyBob

    January 10th, 2013

    She needs to get laid.

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  18. 1950

    January 10th, 2013

    Reminds me of the Beat Nik coffee shops of the 50′s.
    Always wanted to draft their asses as they drank their coffee.
    Useless people.

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  19. norman einstein

    January 10th, 2013

    @OTA Mom, wow…she ain’t right in the head.

    And she’s only just slightly less self-absorbed than that twit a couple of days ago, who was whining about her wasted life.

    Liberalism is a disease…and it seems to be a pandemic.

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  20. old_oaks

    January 10th, 2013

    I refuse to deal with Starbucks, and I was once one of their best customers.

    Why? Because it changed and I hate progress. Used to be Starbucks served coffee, then I stood around every day waiting for a cup of black coffee to brew while others were served Soylent Green milkshakes immediately.

    Today, I occasionally drive by the Starbucks drive through line and every time I do it, I hold up the LOSER hand sign. I love seeing the mouth breathers with their jaws slack!

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