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"Coffee Jerks," An Examination of '50s and '60s Coffee Ads

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Shaun Clayton made an amazing video in 2011, compiling incredibly sexist moments from old TV ads for, of all things, coffee. Clayton wrote, "I took a series of 1950's and 60's-era coffee commercials from the Prelinger Archives and edited them down to just the moments when the guys were the biggest jerks to their wives about coffee." For such a simple premise and such a short video (under a minute), this is amazing. Really makes me want to slap these coffee jerks. Happy Sunday!

For the record, my coffee is terrible. Sorry, everybody. Messed it up for the whole office again. I will accept your coffee-related criticism in the comments.

(If you dig TV commercials for coffee, check out David Lynch's Damn Fine "Twin Peaks" Coffee Ads.)

(Via Supercut.org.)

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It’s Still Summer, But Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Already Here
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It’s August, so go ahead and gird yourself for pumpkin season. Yes, that tell-tale sign of impending autumn, the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, is about to come back, according to Fortune. The company hasn't released a specific launch date, but it just announced that a new bottled version of the latte will be coming to grocery stores this month, along with pumpkin spice ground coffee.

Last year, the PSL arrived in Starbucks stores on September 1; the year before, it was September 8. There's no denying that the coffee chain is forcing its fall favorites on us earlier and earlier. Early enough to make us consider getting that Pumpkin Spice over ice, in fact.

The much-derided orange beverage is just the most famous example of a marketing trend that spreads far beyond coffee. As early as late July, pumpkin-flavored snacks, cookies, cereals, and other foods you wouldn’t think should taste like pumpkin start hitting stores, giving the people what they really want: to pretend they’re cozying up in a scarf on a rainy fall day instead of sitting in front of their air conditioners in their underwear.

Why does Starbucks keep pushing the starting line of the fall season closer and closer to mid-summer? Dollar bills, obviously. In the first decade after the drink’s launch in 2003, the company sold around 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes. In 2015, Forbes estimated that it would make $100 million from the PSL that fall alone. Despite the online hate, a huge chunk of people loooove their PSLs.

These days, it’s not fall until someone starts hating on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Besides, climate change will eventually render seasons moot, right?

[h/t Fortune]

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How to Get a Free Macchiato at Starbucks This Week

If you’re in need of an extra caffeine boost later in the week, head to Starbucks. As Thrillist reports, the coffee chain is offering complimentary macchiatos at participating U.S. locations from August 3 to August 7.

The promotion, called Meet for Macchiatos, isn’t entirely free. To take part in the giveaway, customers must first pay for a macchiato of any flavor between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. With that purchase a second macchiato comes at no extra cost.

You can take advantage of the special offer to treat a friend, or you can keep both drinks for yourself when your energy reserves are running low at the end of a workday. Whichever macchiato flavors are sold at your local Starbucks—which may include caramel, coconut milk mocha, and straight espresso—are available through the promotion. In addition to the traditional hot beverage, customers can also order their macchiatos iced, which sounds like a tempting option for the first weekend in August.

[h/t Thrillist]

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