Been There – Missouri 2

Dash is another very popular “fix” for the BT series mugs. Starbucks Been There – Missouri v2 replaces “SHOW ME STATE” with “SHOW-ME STATE” right on the front of the mug. And I can clearly understand the designers because I was able to find both readings from the official sources. Just look at this “welcome” sign that can be seen as you enter the state by road, then two license plates. It is indeed confusing.

There are multiple versions where this nickname is originating from.… Read more

Been There – Kansas City 2

This could be the smallest change among all BT v2s so far. Starbucks Been There – Kansas City v2 adds a dot on the sign of the intersection of 18th and Vine streets. In particular, “VINE st” became “VINE st.”
Should you decide to collect both, please be ready to answer the same question from your friends, over and over: “Why are there two identical mugs in your display?”
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Been There – Calgary 2

Starbucks Been There – Calgary v2 is another updated Canadian mug design, which again includes a minor change. Very similar to the BC mug I’ve reviewed last week, it has an apostrophe added to the landmark’s name: “ST. PATRICKS ISLAND” becomes “ST. PATRICK’S ISLAND”. It’s one of Calgary’s oldest parks, which invites visitors to enjoy family-friendly space since 1890. Btw, it’s even got National Urban Design Award in 2016.
The photo is provided by a reader of this blog.

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Been There – Texas 2

Starbucks Been There – Texas v2 introduces a minor update to the “Colorado river” writing on the side of the mug, which becomes “Colorado River”. Is that a sagnificant change for you to have both in you collection? Let me know in the comments.
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Been There – British Columbia 2

Here’s another revised mug from Starbucks, Been There – British Columbia v2. You probably remember that missing apostrophes is the Achilles’ heel of the company’s designers. They already had to fix a couple of mugs in the past because of that, and as we can see, we’re not even close to the end. Anyway, the “HELLS GATE” becomes “HELL’S GATE”, which is the proper name of an abrupt narrowing of Fraser River, located in the Canadian Province of British Columbia.… Read more

Been There – New Jersey 2

Starbucks introduces the updated version of the previously released mug, Starbucks Been There – New Jersey v2. The change they bring in is that “Red Oak” is replaced with “Northern Red Oak” right on the front of the mug. Funny enough I was mentioning this tree in my review of the NJ ornament, but it didn’t come to my mind that Starbucks was planning to “fix” that. It also means that the small mug will also be replaced, stay tuned for the update!… Read more

Been There – Cusco

I now think that Starbucks Been There – Cusco mug had to be released no matter what since the Constitution of Peru designates it as the Historical Capital of Peru (it was the historic capital of the Inca Empire between the 13th and 16th century). It attracts more than 2 million visitors a year as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a major touristic destination.
The full review is yet to come, stay tuned. The photos were offered by the follower of the blog.… Read more

Been There – Panamá

Starbucks Been There – Panama was released earlier this year and is finally getting here.
This country is probably the best known for the Panama Canal, and while I am not seeing it on the mug specifically, here are some interesting facts about this wonder of the modern world:
– The first attempts worth mentioning were done by France between 1881 and 1894 but were halted due to numerous issues on the engineering side. The high mortality rate of the workers was also a huge factor – thousands died due to yellow fever and malaria.… Read more

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