Starbucks: Unveiling the Venti Surprise

Coffee company tells customers to be at stores at noon EST Tuesday.

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Over the weekend, the blogosphere was buzzing about a surprise Starbucks was set to unveil at all of its stores on Tuesday, April 8, at noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT). Speculation ran wild: Was Starbucks returning to use of its old cup design? Perhaps the company was introducing a size even larger than venti? Was the surprise related to the recently introduced—and much maligned—skinny latte drinks?

Readers of Starbucks Gossip suggested ideas ranging from the mundane—free coffee samples—to the slightly more exciting—a new type of brewed coffee.

I tried my luck at finding out while I was at a Starbucks getting a latte today. (Please don't yell at me for that indiscretion.) The barista seemed unusually chatty, so I asked him: "What is going on here tomorrow?"

He quickly stopped being chatty. "I can't tell you," he said. "But it has to do with a redesign."

"Of the store?" I asked.

But he wasn't saying anything else. So we'll have to wait and see. I'm betting on a new cup redesign.