Kerrie's Blog: Are You a Coffee Junkie Too?

Are You a Coffee Junkie Too?

Hi my name is Kerrie and I'm addicted to coffee.                                      

I admit it, I know it's so cliche living in Seattle and all but I do love my coffee.  I love my big grande cup with the little mermaid on it and although I hate to think of how many "beans" I spend monthly at Starbucks I'm just not willing to give it up.  

Starbucks marketing department is genius because of these damn treat receipts.  When you go in for your morning cup of brew, you're given a treat receipt to come back after 2pm and get any iced drink for only $2.  Well hells they're getting $6/day off me instead of the $4.  Damn!

I was en route to my second trip of the day and passed a chick from the office.  She asked if I had the Starbucks Rewards since I was on #2 of the day.  My eyes got wide and I begged her to tell me more about this program she speaks of.  When you download the app (I think you can do it on a Starbucks card too) and add money to it, you use it to buy your coffee.  Starbucks Rewards does just that, rewards you for using their program and after 5 drinks you get soy milk and a few syrups for free as well as free refills on brewed or iced coffee or tea while you're chilling at Starbucks. After 30 stars (within a year) you get a free drink every 15 drinks as well as a free bday coffee.

So today was my first day going in at the Green Level (5 stars) and holy cow, my normal $4.22 Grande Nonfat Skinny Vanilla Latte only cost me $3.67!  I got my sugar free vanilla syrup for free, regularly a $.50 add-on.  I like a good deal so I left smiling.  My savings are going to add up fast!!


Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 32 commentsKerrie La Guardia • August 20 2012 01:06PM


I'll stick to my Albuquerque grown Pinon brew.  Grind my own beans and save four bucks a pop :)

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thankfully I don't have a coffee addiction.  It's too expensive!  I do like an occassion Chia Latte though!  


Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

It is so expensive but worth it.  I skip the martinis and go for lattes.  

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

You are a coffee junkie and you drink STARBUCKS!!! What?  I am a huge Peet's fan, they guy who taught the Starbucks guys. But more than one coffee a day and I am bouncing off walls.  I am like you.  It is expensive, but I am not giving it up.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hmm, I'm a diet mountain dew junkie Monday-Friday until about 5 pm.  That's my caffeine source to keep me from banging my head into the keyboard while in cubicle land :)   Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 8 years ago

Oh Kerrie - I discovered the Rewards Card a while back and LOVE it!  Since I am also a Starbucks addict it is so much fun to get those postcards good for a free drink - not to mention the savings each time I have a caffeine craving!  Glad you're racking up those stars girl!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

Glad to found out a reward program that can get you some freebies! We have lots of great coffee places in New York too but Seattle coffee is for sure one of the best.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hello Kerrie.  My name is Sally, and I'm also a coffeholic...  Starbuck's sounds like they've got a great thing going with that rewards system.  I've got a few favourite coffee places here:  Caffe Artigiano, Brazza, JJ Bean.  All these cafes sell a really strong, Italian coffee that rattles you silly for the rest of the day.  I also go to Starbuck's as they're so convenient and found just about on every other block in the city!  Cheers!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 8 years ago


          I too love coffee but we brew it at home otherwise we would go broke LOL! Seriously though skip the martinis no way LOL! I hope you are having a great week!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert almost 8 years ago

Do you need a 13 step program for coffee addiction?  Though I admit today in between appointments I did grab an iced vanilla latte :-)


Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie a "chick from the office" I don't know Kerrie??

I know it is the coffee talking :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 8 years ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE bargains too.  And I love starbucks, but I hardly ever go... it's far from my work.  I guess cities do have some advantages.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie, I love my coffee in the morning.. But it is usually on my deck, or sofa,with WSJ in my hand..

Have a great week!

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

I got you beat...Senior coffee with 2 cream at Mc Donalds...53 cents!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie, I have had my Starbucks Rewards for years and have enjoyed my birthday coffee drink at their expense.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 8 years ago

Even with the discount Starbucks (and many other companies) are making a killing off of the actual cost per cup of "Joe".  I like mine straight and black without the fillers, and if you knew anyone of reasonable importance from Costa Rica that has connections to Starbucks (hmmmmmmmm, I do) you might change your mind on their product.  Folgers and Maxwell house probably by a much higher quality of bean, Starbucks just markets better!  But, we all have our own tastes and I have seen several corners in Seattle's downtown area the have Starbuck's on opposite corners and in the middle of the block also, so who am I to despair their success!

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) almost 8 years ago

My wife has been a master of the rewards program, I'm just learning how to verbalize my order.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  I love Stabuck's coffee but my wife thinks its too strong.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 8 years ago

I'm also addicted to coffee, can't start the day without it.  It's always feels very rewarding when you receive discounts for something that you'd be buying anyways even if the discount wasnted there.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Tom - Now that's funny!  

Working from home today so my cafe press is getting the job done, no complaints over here!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie- first of all..., I haven't heard anyone say "hells bells" since my mother used to say it!  I love it!  I am a coffee-addict but I can take, Starbucks, Panera, Dunkin and McD's.  I don't bounce off the walls (yet). I love my after cup of coffee.  I did not know about the Starbucks Reward card.  My husband, Larry, is like Tom (#17).. he gets his cup of black coffee and doesn't want to bother with all of the other add-ons. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Well, Kerrie - I AM a coffee junkie!  But I drink it by the POT not the cup!  In whatever office I "appear" on any given day (I have 5 offices around central and North Louisiana), they know - "....put on the coffee...."

Oh yeah - you cut me - I bleed coffee!

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie, could not imagine starting my day without a cup of java!    Not sure if it really wakes me, but it is a ritual!   Congrats on the savings, even a little bit - it all helps!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 8 years ago

I found myself getting a bit addicted to the fancy coffees at Starbucks and similar shops, so I installed a coffee bar in the lobby at my office last year.  Some days the excessive espresso and coffee with all the fixings makes you a little wired but it is generally worth it.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 8 years ago
I too am addicted to coffee...which is why I have found your post late/or rather early in the morning! Love the rewards too!
Posted by Tiffany Sniezek, Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX (RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct,) almost 8 years ago

The closest Starbucks to me is in Huntsville and about 20 miles away. THANK goodness. Even with that, I just passed the free drink mark AGAIN this year, and my postcard is in the mail. YIPPEEEeeeee!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 8 years ago

WOW, I didn't know they had a rewards card. I must say my Starbucks peeps have been good to me over the years.

Posted by Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" almost 8 years ago

I truly believe coffee makes me a better blogger in the morning

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 8 years ago

Coffee!!  I have been adding it to my am smoothies with protein powder, yummm! 

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 7 years ago

Thanks Kim and Kristine, I am going to try that.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 7 years ago

My husband, Bob,  is a Starbucks guy... I am not.  I make coffee at home-- have ice coffee later-- but just don't like the whole Starbucks thing.  Our local one has the worst parking lot- and the line is always long.  It drives me crazy!  Glad you are dialed in on the rewards... Bob does it too!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie - I thought there was a law in Seattle that you HAD to drink lots of coffee!  My husband was spending a lot of money at Starbucks every morning because he didn't like the decaf that my doctor makes me drink.  Our daughter bought him a Hamilton Beach double coffeemaker so we can make my decaf in one side and his very strong regular coffee in the other.  Saves a lot of money (and time he used to spend standing in line).

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 7 years ago