Been There – The Florida Keys

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, here is the second mug from the recent U.S. release: Starbucks Been There – The Florida Keys. It is a mug for the 120 miles long chain of islands that begins at the tip of Florida and ends just 90 miles to the North from Cuba. The Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, and Lower Keys and Key West. The great part of the keys is that you can get there by car.… Read more

Been There – Monterey

After a long period of no releases for the U.S. (except updating certain cities and states with version #2), Starbucks issues two new mugs. Been There – Monterey is one of those. You might remember that there is already the Been There mug from Mexico with the name that sounds very similar. I was even confused at first, but after a closer look realized the difference (double “r” for the Mexican city).
Monterey is located on the Pacific Coast of California.… Read more

Been There Christmas – Pike Place 2

This could easily be the most exciting Starbucks release of the 2020 Holiday Season. Been There Christmas – Pike Place v2 introduces a completely unique design, never seen before. As you can see from the picture, the color of the mug is something in between chocolate and hickory with golden letters. The same gold color was also used to outline the symbols of Pike Place Market. I like this new design a lot! Let me know in the comments about your thoughts on this mug.… Read more

Been There – Mississippi

This is one of the few rare cases when version 1 of the mug is added after version 2. That’s because no one was sure exactly, whether Starbucks Been There – Mississippi v1 existed, till now. There were some rumors, of course, plus the fact that Mississippi was one of the last state mugs to be released. It now became obvious that the delay was caused by errors found on the mug which had to be recalled and replaced with the “fixed” version.… Read more

Been There – West Virginia 2

Starbucks is finally switching from “PANHANDLE STATE” to “THE MOUNTAIN STATE” with the release of Been There – West Virginia v2 mug. I’ve mentioned this strange choice when reviewed v1 ornament. And even though West Virginia has two panhandles, Eastern Panhandle and the Northern Panhandle (which is a piece of land similar to a peninsula in shape), I think the use of the official nickname makes much more sense. West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains with Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County being the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic region

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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 Ornament – New Jersey 2

New and “improved” Starbucks Been There Ornament – New Jersey v2 comes right after the bigger mug. As I’ve mentioned before, the change includes the “Northern Red Oak” writing on the front of the ornament, which is the proper name of the official state tree of New Jersey (adopted in 1950). The photo is provided by a reader, which confirms that the new version is already available in stores.
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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 significant change for you to have both in you collection? Let me know in the comments.
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