Been There – Tokyo

It has been a while since the release of the Japanese mugs, and Starbucks Been There – Tokyo was one of them.

Tokyo, the vibrant capital of Japan, is a bustling metropolis renowned for its modernity, rich history, and cultural heritage. With a population exceeding 13 million people, it stands as one of the most populous cities globally. Originally known as Edo, Tokyo became the official capital in 1868 during the Meiji Restoration, marking a pivotal moment in Japanese history as the country transitioned towards modernization and opened up to the world.… Read more

You Are Here – Rouen

Starbucks You Are Here – Rouen is a mug for a city nestled in the heart of Normandy (France) which boasts a rich tapestry of history woven through its cobblestone streets and towering cathedrals. Its name is believed to have originated from the Gaulish word “Ratumacos,” meaning “ford of the river,” owing to its strategic location on the Seine River. Renowned as the capital of the Duchy of Normandy in the Middle Ages, Rouen witnessed significant events such as the trial and execution of Joan of Arc in 1431, which left an indelible mark on its cultural identity.… Read more

Been There – Cebu 2 – Summer Edition 2023

Starbucks Been There Cebu 2 Summer Edition 2023 is the third mug from last summer’s batch release. Similar to others it has the design of the regular mug outlined in black. Do you see how the Starbucks reusable cup is not red? This tells us that the mug is not a Christmas edition, but rather something else.

Cebu, the bustling province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, is a vibrant tapestry of history and culture. It holds a significant place in Philippine history as the site of Ferdinand Magellan’s arrival in 1521, marking the beginning of Spanish colonization in the archipelago.… Read more

Been There – Manila 2 – Summer Edition 2023

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that last summer there were four Philippines mugs released in the scope of a mini sub-series. Starbucks Been There Manila 2 Summer Edition 2023 is one of them.
As you can see from the pictures below, it resembles the regular mug very much, with the only difference being the black outlined design.

Here are some points of interest that can be seen on the sides of the mug:

– The Manila City Hall, an iconic symbol of governance and history, stands proudly in the heart of Manila, Philippines.… Read more

You Are Here – Clermont-Ferrand

Starbucks You Are Here – Clermont-Ferrand is a mug for a vibrant city nestled in the heart of France, a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With its rich heritage and unique charm, it has become a must-visit destination for travelers from around the world.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Clermont-Ferrand is its historical significance. The city dates back to ancient times, with evidence of human presence dating back to prehistoric eras. It was the capital of the Arverni Gauls and was later conquered by the Romans, who named it “Augustonemetum.” The city played a crucial role during the Middle Ages and was a center of trade and culture.… Read more

You Are Here Ornament – Ho Chi Minh 2

Along with the bigger mug, Starbucks released You Are Here Ornament – Ho Chi Minh 2, which is an updated version of the existing ornament. It has been a while since we’ve seen the last release from this collection, and that’s more than 3 years after the release of the Been There Vietnam ornament.

Again, I don’t understand the reasoning for the release, but I am really happy to add this ornament to my collection.

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Been There – Cartagena

Starbucks Been There – Cartagena should be available in stores for a while now. It’s not the first Colombian city mug from this series, but rather the part of the second batch.

Cartagena, a vibrant city nestled on the northern coast of Colombia, is a cultural gem steeped in history and charm. Originally inhabited by indigenous peoples, the city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro de Heredia in 1533, becoming a strategic port in the Spanish colonial empire. Over the centuries, Cartagena thrived as a vital hub for trade, drawing merchants, adventurers, and pirates alike.… Read more

You Are Here – Ho Chi Minh City 2

Absolutely out of nowhere, You Are Here Ho Chi Minh City 2 was revealed to the world. I am tired of sounding like a broken record, but Starbucks managed to surprise me again! And the reason no one was expecting this, is that Starbucks already released Been There version of the mug for this city more than three years ago!
You Are Here Ho Chi Minh v2 is a complete copy of the first version in terms of the design elements, however, the color palette is completely different.… Read more

Been There – Cambridge

Starbucks Been There – Cambridge is a mug for a city in Massachusetts, located just across the Charles River from Boston. Cambridge is renowned for its prestigious universities, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Lesley University, which have shaped its identity as an intellectual and cultural hub. I am expecting Starbucks to release the mugs for these academic institutions later, in the scope of the Campus Collection. Stay tuned for the latest news about that!

Cambridge was settled in 1630 by the Massachusetts Bay Company and was originally called New Towne.… Read more

You Are Here – Granada

A new mug from Spain was spotted recently. Starbucks You Are Here – Granada is a release for a city nestled in the heart of Andalusia, a city steeped in history, culture, and architectural marvels. From its ancient Moorish roots to its vibrant modern-day life, Granada captivates visitors with its enchanting blend of influences.

Granada was founded in the early 13th century by Muhammad I, who became the first king of the Nasrid dynasty. The kingdom of Granada comprised the modern provinces of Granada, Málaga, and Almería.… Read more

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