Starbucks Releasing New Holiday Drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte

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For anyone who thinks pumpkin spice lattes jumped the shark this year, there's about to be a brand new novelty in town. Starbucks is releasing its first new holiday beverage in five years -- the Chestnut Praline Latte. Sounds fancy, right?

Best of all, this new drink can be made vegan! Add soy milk, skip the whipped cream, and it's a cruelty-free Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus) treat.

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Starbucks to Food Babe: No Plans to Put Real Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Only in America can a drink achieve pop-culture star status. And yes, of all the drinks in the world, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has gone there and owned it. With its own hip moniker (AKA the PSL), a Tumblr page all its own, and a Twitter account with close to 84,000 followers, it's basically become the Britney Spears of the beverage world: simultaneously loved, hated, and gossiped about.

And -- like anything extremely popular, delicious, and all-American -- the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has also become the target of yet another Food Babe investigation by sensationalist food blogger Vani Hari.

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Restore Coffee Roasters: a Coffee Shop in a Church, in a Mall

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Restore Coffee Shop is part of Christ Fellowship Church at the Boynton Beach Mall.
Last April, the Christ Fellowship Church opened inside the Boynton Beach mall, a new permanent location for the nationwide worship center now located in the shopping center's old Dillard's department store space.

Today, members actually go to the mall for services, with access from the department store's old exterior and interior entrances. Despite the seemingly odd location, once inside it looks -- and feels -- like a free-standing church.

What makes it different from any other church, however, is its specialty coffee shop and lounge, Restore Coffee Roasters.

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Starbucks Releases Pumpkin Spice Latte August 25, if You Have the Passcode

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Here in the land of endless summer, we need all the help we can get remembering that -- at least everywhere else in the country -- cold weather is on its way. For Floridians, there's no better harbinger for the change of seasons than the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, lovingly referred to as the PSL.

If you're equally fanatical about all things festive and fall, this time of year can't come soon enough. Luckily, the nationwide coffeehouse has bumped up the seasonal flavor's official release date -- along with the salted caramel mocha -- for customers wielding a special code on August 25.

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Five Vegan Starbucks Drinks for Summer and How to "Veganize" the Rest

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It's hot. Bloody hot. And if you don't get your daily fix in the form of an ice-cold, caffeinated beverage, it's likely you'll be throwing more shade than a pop-up tent at the beach.

As a vegan, however, there aren't nearly as many options as there are for everyone else; it's iced black coffee or nothing. Luckily, Starbucks' plethora of drinkables makes life a little easier on the animal-product-free among us.

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Calusa Coffee Fort Lauderdale's First Roaster Coming Soon, Started Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds

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We're all about "micro," "craft," "artisanal," and "small-batch" these days.

Whether it's cheese, tomatoes, or beer, we've made the swift from large-scale industrial homogeneity to locally produced unique products.

Sure, it's also a bit of a political statement -- we're fighting against the corporate powers that be -- but, at the end of the day we're all about the food and handmade products just taste better.

Fort Lauderdale is about to get its first local coffee roaster in the coming months. Calusa Coffee Roasters is planning on opening in June. Owner Steven Hodel recently initiated a kickstarter campaign to assist in funding.

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Next Door Launches Drive-Through Coffee Service, Expanded Hours of Operation

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Across the world Americans are stereotyped as being lazy -- we'd like to think we're just busy, actually.

We have drive-throughs for just about everything: fast-food, car-washes, banks, pharmacies, convenience stores, dry-cleaners, and topless doughnut shops. (Seriously, that last one used to exist in Fort Lauderdale. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.)

Let's just say, if there's a something you want, someone will bring it straight to your car.

Recently, Brew Next Door at C&I Studios launched a drive-through coffee service right out front of the shop.

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Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee: Four Locations Offering Craft Brew and Artisan Pastries Coming to South Florida

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Rhino Doughnuts will be offering artisanal doughnuts and craft coffee with several locations across South Florida.
There aren't too many things that go together better than coffee and doughnuts, and for South Florida entrepreneurs Davin Tran and Athan "Tom" Prakas -- two men looking to reinvent the traditional doughnut-and-coffee experience -- that's just what Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee will do best. The new family of doughnut and coffee shops has already targeted several locations to open across Broward and Palm Beach County within the next year, beginning with two shops in Fort Lauderdale and one in Boca Raton, each one specializing in chef-inspired pastries, doughnuts and craft-brewed coffee.

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Man Arrested For Impersonating Cop And Demanding Donut Discount

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Charles Thomas Barry
A lot of shenanigans are known to go down at donut shops in the wee hours of the night. One of the few places open at 3 a.m., donut shops were once a watering hole for troublemakers and drunk cravings.

That is, until donut shop owners wised up and started handing out free donuts to cops to lure them in and maintain some sense of order. Donut shops eventually lost their bad reputations, but the cop and jelly donut stereotype, well, that stuck.

And 48-year-old Charles Barry might not be a cop but he has the gun and badge to prove it. To him, that warrants a free donut and, eventually, handcuffs.

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Starbucks Tweetacoffee: Give the Gift of Caffeine Over Twitter (Video)

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Know a friend desperately in need of a Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Do you have people in your life you don't see often enough and want to let them know you're thinking of them? Are you running late to meet someone for coffee and want to make sure he's not mad at you and caffeinated when you get there?

Are you generous but lazy?

Starbucks has the answer to your coffee-sharing woes. You can now @Tweetacoffee at someone -- and if you act fast, you too could get a free coffee.

It's basically the Oprah of coffee promotions.

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