Been There – Shenzhen

Starbucks Been There – Shenzhen is a mug for a city, located in southern China, that has transformed itself from a small fishing village into a global technological hub. Known as the “Silicon Valley of China,” Shenzhen is home to numerous tech giants and startups, attracting innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. With its stunning skyline, modern architecture, and bustling streets, the city offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Shenzhen is also renowned for its shopping destinations, cultural attractions, and diverse culinary scene.… Read more

Been There – Kobe

Starbucks Been There – Kobe is a mug for a prominent port city located on Osaka Bay in Japan, that has a rich history dating back to its establishment in the Nara period (710-794). During the 12th century, Kobe became a significant center for trade and commerce due to its strategic location. It was officially founded in 1868, the same year Japan opened its ports to foreign trade, marking the beginning of the Meiji era. Kobe’s port rapidly grew into one of Japan’s most important, facilitating international trade and cultural exchange.… Read more

Discovery Series – San Francisco

It seems that the Starbucks Discovery Series San Francisco mug has a little bit more detail compared to other mugs from this series. Here are some of them:

– The Golden Gate Bridge, an architectural marvel, was constructed between 1933 and 1937. Standing at an impressive height of 746 feet above the San Francisco Bay, this suspension bridge stretches over 1.7 miles in length. Its distinctive orange-red color, officially known as “International Orange,” was chosen for its visibility in the foggy conditions that often envelop the area.… Read more

You Are Here – Aix-en-Provence

Here’s the beautiful mug from southern France, You Are Here – Aix-en-Provence. It joins the big family of French releases, with more to come! Stay tuned for further updates.

Aix-en-Provence, often simply referred to as Aix, was founded in 123 BCE by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus, who named it Aquae Sextiae, meaning “the waters of Sextius,” due to the thermal springs in the area. It became a significant Roman colony and a strategic urban center and spa, serving as a stepping stone between Italy and Spain.… Read more

You Are Here – Bologna

Starbucks You Are Here – Bologna is a mug for the vibrant capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. The origin of its name can be traced back to the Etruscan word “Bononia,” meaning “settlement of the Boii,” a Celtic tribe that inhabited the area during ancient times. Bologna flourished during the Roman era, known then as Bononia, serving as a crucial hub along the Via Emilia road connecting Rimini to Piacenza.  Throughout the Middle Ages, Bologna rose to prominence as a center of learning and trade, earning the nickname “La Dotta” (the Learned) for its prestigious university, founded in 1088, making it one of the oldest in the world.… Read more

Been There – Beijing

Starbucks Been There – Beijing is a mug for the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the world’s largest cities, encompassing an area of approximately 6,500 square miles. With a population exceeding 21 million people, it stands as China’s second-most populous city, serving as a bustling hub of culture, politics, and innovation.
Beijing boasts a rich history dating back over three millennia. Originally known as Ji, it became a prominent city during the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BCE).… Read more

Discovery Series Ornament – New York City

These were discovered (pun intended) much faster than I expected. As you probably remember, in the case of the previous series of Starbucks collectibles, there was a six-month gap between the release of the mugs and the release of the ornaments. So I was mentally prepared to see the mini mugs from the Discovery series only closer to the end of the year. What was my amazement when I saw the photos of the brand-new Discovery Series Ornament – New York City today.… Read more

Been There – Barranquilla

Starbucks Been There – Barranquilla is a mug for a bustling city with a rich history situated on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Its name is believed to originate from the Spanish word “barranco,” meaning ravine or cliff, and “quilla,” a term from the indigenous Muysccubun language, possibly referring to a stone wall. Founded in 1629 by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Barranquilla initially served as a port for the transportation of goods, becoming a crucial hub for trade in the region.… Read more

You Are Here – Avignon

Starbucks You Are Here – Avignon is a mug for a city nestled in the sun-kissed Provence region of southeastern France. Avignon holds a significant place in European history. Its name finds its roots in the Celtic tribe of Avii who once inhabited the area. Established as a settlement around the 6th century BCE, Avignon’s strategic location along the Rhône River facilitated its growth into a bustling Roman town known as Avenio. The city witnessed various rulers and conquerors throughout the centuries, from the Romans to the Visigoths and later the Franks.… Read more

Been There – Boracay 2 – Summer Edition 2023

Starbucks Been There – Boracay 2 – Summer Edition 2023 is the fourth and final mug from the last summer batch release. I wonder if there is going to be a new version soon. Let’s keep an eye on that.

Boracay, often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, is a tropical paradise located in the Philippines. This small island, measuring just under four square miles, is famous for its powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life.… Read more

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