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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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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Six Seasonal Breakfast Items That Aren't a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Did somebody say pumpkin spice?
The sun might still be sweltering and some outliers might still be running around in white, but we don't need the axis to align to know it's finally fall, because just after Labor Day, Starbucks unleashes its dearly missed Pumpkin Spice Latte. And once it's unleashed, the town slowly catches Pumpkin Spice Latte fever, and on every street corner and in every pedestrian's hand is the signature Starbucks cup with "PSL" carelessly scribbled on it.

And that's a shame. Because there's a whole lotta seasonally spiced goodness out there to enjoy beyond the Starbucks PSL. We found solid alternatives so rich in pumpkin-spiced flavor, you'll weep pumpkin-flavored tears for having missed out on them for so long.

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The Grind Brings Coffee Back to Downtown Fort Lauderdale

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While the news of Brew Urban Cafe closing its Himmarshee location last week has simmered down, a new caffeine spot, the Grind, has popped up on the scene.

Dry those tears, coffee friends: The Grind is here. Currently, this new coffee shop is serving as a mobile caffeine service on the patio of Stache, located at 109 SW Second Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, just a block north of Brew's former location. Once Stache opens its doors, the Grind will move inside and set up shop.

Grind owner Yoni Martin and his barista crew want to ensure that Fort Lauderdale doesn't miss out on quality coffee.

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Brew Urban Cafe in Himmarshee Shutters Its Doors Today

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Latte art to go.
To say Brew Urban Cafe is a nice spot to grab a cup of coffee is an understatement. Brew is a cultural institution in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where properly trained baristas serve delicately steamed milk to infuse with pulled shots of Intelligensia espresso. It's a hub where denizens and tourists alike gather, connect, and actually engage in meaningful conversations, oftentimes leading to lifelong friendships. I would know, as I worked there from 2007 to 2010.

"How did you two meet?" friends would ask. "Oh, we met at the Brew last month. We're soulmates."

The indie coffee company has two locations, one in Victoria Park and the other in Himmarshee, Fort Lauderdale's nightlife district. As the Himmarshee district continues to transform from indie enclave to a playground where bedazzled bros run rampant, many locals have moved on to find new places to frequent. Unfortunately, this loss in popularity to a once-thriving neighborhood is bad for coffee-shop business, and thus, sadly, Brew Urban Cafe's Himmarshee location is shuttering its doors today at 8 p.m.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

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The pumpkin spice latte is back. Happy Fall!
Fall has officially begun.

But, you say, the weather is hot and sticky out (plus the calendar clearly states it's still Summer)?

Bah...we say. Fall has started because Starbucks has relaunched its Pumpkin Spice Latte for the tenth straight year.

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