First Discovery Series Canadian mug – First typo

Here is the photo of the Niagara Falls mug, the first mug from the Discovery Series that will be sold in both the USA and Canada. There was one detail in the writing on the cover of the box that felt weird, the moment I looked at it. The grammatically correct French spelling for the word “Discovery” should be “Découverte”, with the accent on the first “e” rather than the second one. So yes, what you see is the first typo found in the new Discovery Series.… Read more

Been There – Niagara-on-the-Lake

Here is an interesting release from the Pin Drop Collection subset of the Been There Series. As a reminder, the boxes of these mugs are orange, compared to regular blue and the cover has slightly different wording. You can see the comparison of the boxes below.
Starbucks Been There Niagara-on-the-Lake is a mug for a town in Ontario, Canada located at the Niagara river mouth, where it flows into Lake Ontario. An interesting historical detail is that the town served as the first capital of the province of Upper Canada.… Read more

Been There – Canada’s Wonderland

Been There – Canada’s Wonderland is a mug for Canada’s largest amusement park, which is located near Toronto. It took two years to build the park and it was opened to the public in May 1981. Canada’s Wonderland has the third highest amount of coasters (seventeen) in a single park, right behind Six Flags Magic Mountain in the US and Poland’s Energylandia respectively.
Here are some of the elements of the design, featuring attractions and sections of the park:
– the front of the mug shows the main entrance to the park with the Canadian Flag flowerbed, fountains, and Wonder Mountain with a huge waterfall.… Read more

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 – 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 – Montreal 2

Thanks to a very vigilant Facebook user, it was brought to my attention that there is another Canadian mug revised by Starbucks. Been There – Montreal v2 introduces the update for “Parc du Mont-Royal”, which was “Parc du Mont Royal” in the initial release (v1). Even though it was a minor, hardly visible error, I think Starbucks did the right thing fixing it.

Been There – Ontario 2

Here’s the second Canadian BT mug which has been revised – Been There – Ontario v2. The change is much bigger than Canada v2 from my previous post. In particular, Starbucks removed “The Heartland Province” nickname making adjacent elements bigger; the “Ice wine” has been switched with “Icewine”, which is the proper way to call the wine made from grapes that have been left to freeze naturally on the vine.

Been There – Canada 2

Here is another revised BT mug. The change we see in Been There – Canada v2 is really subtle. You actually have to play “spot the difference” game here. If you, like me, could not find it right away, here is the spoiler: the only difference is the comma in the line “The True North, strong and free”, which is a weird decision, since the official text of the Canadian anthem doesn’t have that comma. With this new releases, Starbucks is actually bringing more questions, rather than fixing things.… Read more

Been There Christmas – Canada

The one and only Canadian Holiday Edition – Starbucks Been There Christmas Canada. Yep, despite of the fact, that there are 20 Canadian BT mugs released so far, there is only one painted in gold. My understanding, Starbucks was not sure about the demand and decided to choose the safe way. There is also a possibility, that they keep other cities and provinces for the next year. Let’s hope for the second option!… Read more

Been There Ornament – Vancouver

Starbucks Been There Ornament Vancouver is the forth Canadian ornament from the new series and the last so far. It is sad that no minis have been released for Provinces yet, but I still believe this will happen at some point.
This ornament has green string and these symbols:
– Whale tail and killer whale – for whale watching in Vancouver area
– Ferry – my understanding this is for ferries to Vancouver Island and other adjacent islands.
– Seaplane – is the best and easiest way to explore wonders of Beautiful British Columbia.… Read more

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