Video via Bloomberg.
Apparently there is such a thing as a parody coffee shop, and they're serving up plenty of snark about-- who else?-- Starbucks, right here in the Los Angeles area. The enterprise looks like a Starbucks, has a similar name (Dumb Starbucks), acts like a Starbucks, serves coffee like a Starbucks, but with a twist or two. One of the twists: check out the prices. Keep reading.
There's no affiliation with the original, by the way. This is an independent cup o' jo(k)e. (Bygones.)
Nobody exactly knows who's behind the mockitude, but it's getting a lot of attention. But some of that attention is negative. It took the real Starbucks a little while, but now they're staking a claim on their name and don't want Dumb Starbucks to use it any more, even in fun. Yes, there's trouble brewing (bygones). In fact, real Starbucks is starting to foam (bygones) at the mouth a little.
Spoil sports. Now Dumb Starbucks will have a latte more on their plate (bygones).
A list of frequently asked questions pegs the legality of the mock store to "parody art" — an art gallery where the coffee is considered the art.
The store looks nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location -- though it lacks the free Wi-Fi -- with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display.
Drinks are served in cups that mock the company's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.
Part of the twist is, they're not charging for the lattes and iced coffees they serve. Yes, you heard that right:
What better way to poke fun at the most prolific and pricey coffee sellers ever than to hand out free products?
Customers are trying to figure out if this is a spoof by a comedian, a performance artist, a Banksy prank, or a marketing gimmick by some unknown entrepreneur. Whatever it is, it's entertaining, attention-getting, and getting under the legal skin of corporate Starbucks in Seattle while mystifying everyone else trying to figure out who's behind it.
Figuring that out may be a tall order (bygones).
C'mon, if you didn't have one too many on New Years Eve, chances are you had a bit to imbibe yesterday on New Years Day with the Rose Parade. Maybe you wanted to sober up with a stop at Starbucks and grab a fresh Frappacino. But, maybe in your slightly inebriated state you missed your destination by a block and instead stopped at Exit 6 Pub and Brewery, in Cottleville, Missouri. Luckily for you, when you muttered the word Frappacino, the attendant poured you a fresh one from the tap. Yikes, it was beer and not coffee. You looked around and realized you were in an unfamiliar small independent bar and not the standard, uniform confines of the huge Starbucks chain. Gone was the Starbucks green circle with the queen mermaid in it (or whoever she is). No one asked if you wanted a Vente or Grande. They just brought you a glass -- not a paper cup. Damn, you were taken. You were fooled. It's as if you had just crossed over the line and found yourself in a modern day episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE.
Well, as silly as this sounds, check out the attached video. It seems everyone's favorite coffee shop, the Mega huge Starbucks, took umbridge and issued a cease and desist letter to the owners of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery. This single location bar's response to the demand letter is nothing short of hysterical -- snarkiness to the "nth" degree. The entire correspondence can be found here, courtesy of HuffPo. The back and forth between both Starbucks' lawyers and Exit 6 Pub's proprietor is priceless.
From now on, Frappacino Beer at Exit 6 Pub will be henceforth be known as 'F-word beer' to avoid any confusion. And so there's no hard feelings and in a show of good faith, Exit 6 Pub returned the entire $6 profit made from the mistake. Now if that teaser has you wanting to know more, check out the hysterical news coverage of this brew-haha (intentionally misspelled) below: