Starbucks Is Selling a Super-Rare Coffee Blend — for One Week Only

03/18/2015 at 01:32 PM ET


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Are you one of those loyal Starbucks customers who orders the exact same coffee, the exact same way, every morning? Well, this is the week to consider shaking things up.

The coffee chain’s latest menu addition is Laurina, a rare blend from Nicaragua that features almond and lemon flavors and is naturally low in caffeine (each bean of Laurina has about half the amount of normal coffee beans), according to the java experts at StarbucksMelody. It’s so rare, in fact, that only 20 of the chain’s 11,000+ locations are carrying the blend — and it’s available for just a week as of Monday, March 16.

And that’s not the only limited roll out Starbucks has down the pipeline — the company announced Wednesday that its planning to launch trials of its coffee and food delivery service in the second half of 2015, but only in two markets: Seattle and in N.Y.C.’s Empire State Building.


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This limited selection of Laurina isn’t a product of Starbucks being stingy. The small roll out is simply a result of working with a limited supply: The company was only able to obtain a mere 17 bags of the blend. Although a coffee-curious Southerner may have a right to complain: 17 of the 20 stores selling the blend are in Seattle, with the other three in Brooklyn, Chicago, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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And, of course, for something so rare, the price is high: A half-pound bag retails for $16, while you can buy a full pound of Starbucks’ more common blends for the same price.

But if you’re really hankering to give it a try, your best bet is surely a plane ticket to Seattle, and quick.

—Diana Pearl

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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