Discovery Series – Ohio

The Buckeye State gets Discovery Series – Ohio mug, featuring a design filled with landmarks and symbols. Here are some of them:

– The Red Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) was adopted as Ohio’s state flower in 1904 to honor President William McKinley, an Ohioan who often wore a scarlet carnation on his lapel. The flower symbolizes love, admiration, and affection, fitting for a state known for its hospitality. Carnations are also popular in gardens and floral arrangements due to their vibrant color and pleasant fragrance.… Read more

Discovery Series – Austin

Starbucks Discovery Series – Austin is the latest addition from Texas, which was expected, since all the collections from the past had it.

Austin stands as the proud capital of Texas, embodying the spirit of the Lone Star State. Founded in 1839, the city was named after Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.” Its origins trace back to the Republic of Texas era, when it served as the capital of the fledgling nation. Over the years, Austin evolved from a humble frontier settlement into a bustling hub of commerce, education, and government.… Read more

Discovery Series Ornament – Hawaii

Discovery Series Ornament – Hawaii follows the release of the bigger mug. I encourage you to read the full review here.

As for the ornament, similar to other mini mugs from the Discovery series, the design has very few elements. We can see the rainbow, the whale, and a tiny island with palms and waves.

Unlike the bigger mug, the diver is on the back of the ornament and holds the coconut with the straw, instead of Hawaiian Shave Ice. … 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

Discovery Series Ornament – Tennessee

Starbucks Discovery Series Ornament – Tennessee is part of a fast-growing collection of mini mugs.

The name “Tennessee” is derived from the Native American word “Tanasi” or “Tanasqui,” which was the name of a Cherokee village in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee. The exact meaning of “Tanasi” is unclear, but it has been interpreted to mean “meeting place,” “winding river,” or “river of the great bend.” The word was first recorded in the 16th century by Spanish explorers and later adopted by English settlers.… Read more

Discovery Series Ornament – Virginia

When compared to the bigger mug, the design of the Discovery Series Virginia Ornament has much fewer elements. I went through most of the symbols and landmarks here, but let me at least mention the ones that made it into the design of the ornament:

– The Virginia state bird is the Northern Cardinal, adopted in 1950 for its vibrant plumage and melodious song.

– Virginia’s state flower, the American Dogwood, was designated in 1918, celebrated for its delicate blossoms that grace the state’s landscape.… Read more

Discovery Series – Utah

Starbucks Discovery Series – Utah is a colorful mug from the Beehive State. Utah is nicknamed so because the beehive is a symbol of hard work and industry, which reflects the values of the state’s early settlers. The beehive appears on the state flag of Utah and represents the persistence and perseverance of its people.

The origin of the name “Utah” is believed to come from the Ute Native American tribe, who were early inhabitants of the region. The word “Utah” is thought to derive from the Ute language and may mean “people of the mountains” or “high up.” This name was adopted when the area became a territory of the United States in the 19th century and later when it became a state in 1896.… Read more

Discovery Series – Kentucky

Starbucks Discovery Series – Kentucky is a mug for the Bluegrass State. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, Shawnee, and Chickasaw, Kentucky became part of the United States in 1792, making it the 15th state to join the union. Its strategic location and abundant natural resources made it a crucial battleground during the American Civil War, with significant battles like Perryville and Mill Springs fought on its soil. Throughout the centuries, Kentucky has been renowned for its bourbon whiskey, horse racing, and vibrant music scene, particularly in genres like bluegrass and country.… Read more

Discovery Series – Pennsylvania

Starbucks Discovery Series – Pennsylvania is a mug for a state in the northeastern US, one of the original thirteen colonies. Its name, meaning “Penn’s Woods,” pays homage to William Penn, the English Quaker who founded the colony in 1681. Penn sought to establish a haven for religious freedom and tolerance, principles that would shape Pennsylvania’s character for centuries to come. In 1776, it played a pivotal role in the American Revolution as the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.… 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

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