January 29, 2015 Partner (Employee) Experience

Starbucks Offers a Seahawks Frappuccino to Cheer On the Team

A Starbucks barista, who’s a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, is behind a special Frappuccino® blended beverage that will be offered at participating Washington and Oregon stores to celebrate the team’s season and cheer them on during the NFL championship game on Sunday.

The Seahawks Frappuccino® is a Vanilla Bean Crème handcrafted beverage blended with blueberries and topped with green tea matcha-infused whip cream. Participating Starbucks® stores in Washington and Oregon will offer Seahawks Frappuccino® from Friday, January 30 through February 2.

“I would love it if Russell Wilson would try a Seahawks Frappuccino,” said Thom Arvin, a three-year Starbucks partner (employee). “We are both from Richmond, Virginia and his high school was Collegiate, which is where my whole family on my mother’s side went to school.”

The team’s blue and green colors inspired Arvin to create the Seahawks Frappuccino.

“It’s definitely difficult to make something blue. I thought blueberry would be the best option to add to a vanilla bean Frappuccino and the matcha green tea adds a touch of green to the whipped cream,” Arvin said. “It took about six blends to make sure I had the right amount of blueberries.”

The next day, Arvin and fellow partners at their Starbucks® store in Kent, Washington offered samples of the Seahawks beverage to customers. Arvin said he’s happy more Starbucks customers will be able to give it a try soon.

In addition, partners in Washington state will be wearing Seahawks colors on Blue Friday. And, back by popular demand, a limited number of Seahawks Starbucks cards will be re-released in Western Washington Starbucks® stores. The Seahawks and Starbucks are also offering exclusive “Legion of Brew” digital content through the Seahawks app in many Seattle-area stores.

About Starbucks Hometown

For more than 40 years, Starbucks has had the pleasure of calling Seattle home. We are proud of our roots and honored to be a part of the community that has been with us from the beginning. Starbucks supports like-minded local organizations and the cultural traditions that shape our community such as the University of Washington, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Theatre Group and the Seattle International Film Festival. Learn more at http://www.starbucks.com/seattle.

About Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

Starbucks launched the first Frappuccino® blended beverages, Coffee and Mocha, in the U.S. in 1995 with a proprietary blend of coffee, milk and ice. Two decades later, Starbucks offers more than 36,000 different combinations of Frappuccino® blended beverages. It all started with a Starbucks barista in California with a blender – and now it’s an iconic beverage.

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