On June 1, 2013, I stopped by the Seattle's Best Coffee in the SODO neighborhood of Seattle. I decided to try the Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha, having been enticed by a sign for it:
I had such a good time during this visit. I surprise myself, but I somewhat adore what Starbucks is doing with the new business model for Seattle's Best Coffee. On this visit, I met the store manager, Valerie Floyd, a 9-year Starbucks partner. She was super excited about the SBC drive-thru experience, and said that she'd recently returned from a trip to Dallas to open up about ten stores down there. She began her career many years ago, and then switched to the Seattle's Best side. She had been a manager of a now-closed SBC cafes in downtown Seattle.
I got a customer voice receipt this visit, and Valerie got me started on a punch card too! I didn't realize it, but Seattle's Best Coffee has Customer Voice receipts just like the Starbucks ones!
My drink was delicious. Mint whipped cream is amazing. I loved the chocolate chips on top. I ordered the "frozen" version of this drink, which I highly recommend you do! Here's what my delicious drink looked like - so refreshing on a hot Seattle day! (I know that many parts of the country don't think of 70 degrees as hot, but in Seattle, we do! ;-))
Just as a reminder, if you're driving through Seattle's SODO neighborhood, here's what the Seattle's Best Coffee looks like:
And look for this sign, directing you to the drive-thru:
Try the Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha!
Much later in the same day, I test drove a new Honda Fit at the Honda of Fife dealership, in Fife, Washington. I am kind of in the market for a new car, though I don't know if that will really happen or not. While I was at the dealership, I walked past an auto-Seattle's Best Coffee machine in their lobby!
I immediately grabbed my cell phone to take a few photos of it, and the saleswoman looked at my very strangely. I tried to explain that I have a blog about Starbucks, but still she seemed to think it was odd that I was taking a photo of the lobby coffee machine. I didn't get a chance to try it! I asked her how long she's had it, and she said that it's been there for a couple of months. Interesting machine!