Starbucks recently provided me with a free Refresher beverage, so I feel I owe them a review. The Refresher beverages are iced drinks made from green coffee extract and flavored with fruits. I tried the very berry hibiscus flavor and am happy to report that it was quite tasty. I've never tried green coffee extract before, so I didn't really know what to expect, but to me it tasted a lot like green tea flavored with fruit juice. There was no coffee taste at all which, for a coffee lover like me, is a little disappointing, but may please the non-coffee crowd. And if I find myself in the mood for something a bit different, it fits the bill. It is refreshing, as advertised. It does contain caffeine, however I don't know how much in comparison to and espresso drink or tea. I would say it's comparable to a lemonade iced tea, or Arnold Palmer if you will, so if you like those, you'll probably like the refresher. And since it hasn't been named after anyone yet, I believe I'll start calling it a Carson Palmer.
And while I'm on the topic of Starbucks, I'd like to propose a question: why do I get served drinks with the hole in the lid lined up with the seam in the cup? If I don't notice this before I start drinking, it's likely to result in coffee dripping on my shirt. So I'm wondering, do baristas not pay any attention to the lid orientation and put it on randomly, or is this a way for baristas who think I'm a jerk to get a little payback? I would think the former since I'm pretty affable, however with all of the attention to detail that Starbucks is known for, it makes me wonder if it's the latter.