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Most of you will have seen the viral image of the latest Game of Thrones episode, where one of the cast members seemingly got a bit of a caffeine kick.

Yes, somehow a Starbucks cup was left in the scene on a table in front of Danaerys Targaryen, Breaker of Chains and Drinker of Lattes.

The HBO show's creators, David Benioff and DB Weiss were also present IN the actual scene, and it was still missed:

Product placement definitely takes you out of the medieval fantasy vibe, and the show issued a tongue-in cheek reply to the error. The official Twitter account for GOT tweeted;

"News from Winterfell. The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Danaerys had ordered an herbal tea." Nice one.

Queen Cersei Lannister herself, AKA Lena Headey, has now said her piece too, via her Instagram account.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned the cheeky snap:

"Episode five…Do they open one in Kings Landing…Will they use winter cups? Does Cersei get her oat pumpkin spice…" 

Starbucks must be absolutely LOVING all of the attention and free marketing its getting from the latest episode. Let's hope the final two-and-a-bit hours of the world's favourite show doesn't make any more blunders….

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As avid Harry Potter fans and lovers of all things magical, we're constantly searching for ways to bring the world of witchcraft and wizardry into our everyday lives.

Whether it's a cosy set of Gryffindor pyjamas or a scented sorting hat candle, we're suckers for anything that'll make us feel like we're in Hogwarts for a day.

And now, prepare to bring a bit of magic to your lunchtime coffee order because Starbuck's secret Harry Potter menu has been revealed.

The Christmas menu may have been locked away for another year, but we're pretty sure these secret menu hacks will keep your sweet tooth more than satisfied.

Thanks to The Independent, we now know the secrets behind two Harry Potter themed drinks – and they look AMAZING.

First up – the butterbeer latte.

 

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You can get your hands on this delicious creation by ordering a whole milk steamer with two shots of espresso, two shots of caramel syrup, three shots of toffee nut syrup and three shots of cinnamon dolce syrup.

And if you're up for it, a few caramel crumbs and whipped cream to top it off.

Next we have the butterbeer frappuccino.

 

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Created by ordering a Creme Frappuccino blended with three pumps of caramel syrup and three pumps of toffee nut syrup.

Spice it up with a pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, if it tickles your fancy.

We can't wait to try these out.

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Meet Carrah Aldridge – a 22-year-old artist who creates the most intricately decorated Starbucks cups we've ever laid our eyes on.

The Ohio native has racked up over 80,000 followers on Instagram thanks to her creative deigns and life-like drawings.

And while pretty much every post on Carrah's page left us lost for words, it was the gorgeous coffee cups that really stole the show. 

Each creation features a unique combination of colours, shapes and patterns, all effortlessly drawn directly onto the cup using colouring pencils.

That's right, no fancy equipment, no photo-editing – just cups, colouring pencils and raw talent.

Here's a few of our favourites:

 

My starbucks cup designs Finished, Unfinished, Big, Small. Part 2/2 #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbuckscupart @starbucks

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My starbucks cup designs Finished, Unfinished, Big, Small. Part 1/2 #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbuckscupart @starbucks

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We wonder what it's like to be so damn talented? 

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Ah, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the perfect autumnal beverage.

The spiced beverage is renowned for being delicious, and its return to coffee mega chain Starbucks marks the end of summer. 

We've been waiting with major anticipation for the drink, and it has finally made a triumphant return to our coffee rota (if we have one more coconut flat white we'll burst…)

Starbucks Ireland announced it's return via Twitter, and we couldn't be happier.

If that wasn't enough, this year will see the debut of the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, for those who prefer a cold brew.

'We take pumpkin and traditional fall spice flavours and blend them with coffee, milk and ice, then top it all off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice,' reads the official Starbucks website.  

 

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'It's your favourite fall latte in a cool, Frappuccino form.'

Now to don a cable knit jumper and fluffy socks to match our new-found Autumnal snugliness. 

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If there's one thing we love more than coffee, it's free coffee.

And in a move which has us shedding a tear of gratitude this afternoon, 20 coffee shops in our nation's capital will be providing the public with free coffee at various points throughout the day tomorrow.

And why are they doing this, you might wonder.

Well, the gesture is reportedly in response to the news that Starbucks will be opening its 53rd location on 4 Crampton Quay.

So, between 8am-9am, 1pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm, the following 20 coffee shops will be giving tired and thirsty city-dwellers a caffeine hit free of charge, and they are officially too pure for this world.

  • The Clockwork Door
  • Foam cafe
  • Coco Brew
  • Il Fornaio Enoteca
  • Celtic Cookie Company
  • Coffee Cartel Coffee Cart
  • Gallaher and Co
  • Shoe lane cafe
  • Dwarf Jar
  • The Joy Of Cha
  • The Stage Door
  • The Tram Cafe
  • The Bus Stop Cafe
  • Metro Cafe
  • BG Cafe and Deli
  • IFI Cafe
  • Tamp and Stitch
  • Kaph
  • The Yellow Cup

Guys, you may take a bow.

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Ah, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the perfect autumnal beverage and the ultimate accessory for the basic bitch. 

We kid, the PSL is renowned for being delicious, and if saying that makes us a bunch of basic bitches, then we claim the title willingly. 

Starbucks rolls out the warming drink every autumn, and PSL fans wait with eager anticipation for the drink to arrive. 

 

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Now, one Reddit user is claiming that the frothy drink should be here a little sooner than usual this year. 

They even shared a snap of the pumpkin spice sauce as evidence that PSL season is nigh, according to Bustle.

While there has been no confirmation from Starbucks yet, the drink could be arriving by September 5. 

Starbucks workers have been taking to the thread site to tell excited Starbucks lovers about the build-up to PSL launch day. 

The preparations include donning the Autumn Starbucks uniform and testing the secret PSL sauce. 

We seriously cannot wait…

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Forget April Fools, one of the best pranks has just gone viral this week. 

Twitter user Layla Marie posted a picture and a screen shot to her page, revealing her diabolical, hilarious and genius prank to the world.

From The Pink Drink to the Unicorn Frappe, everyone is obsessed with brightly coloured Starbucks drinks this summer. 

If it's on the secret menu, then even better. 

Layla copped on to this phenomenon, and poured random colouful sodas or energy drinks into Starbucks drink cups to fool the world that there were brand new secret menu items to be discovered, entitled the Frappajappajooza. 

Her prank clearly worked, judging by her attached screen shot. 

The post has since gone viral. with over 353,000 likes and over 95,000 retweets. 

We may have to try this prank out for ourselves.  

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We all love a sugar-filled Starbucks every now and again, and can probably name everything on the menu at this stage.

However, the thing we didn't know was where the name Starbucks originated from.

It's actually quite an unusual story, and came from the book Moby Dick.

 

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According to former Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz, who has just written a book Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, the name derives from the Herman Melville novel.

The founders of the chain, Gordon Bowker, a writer and Zev Siegl, a history teacher, loved the book so much, they first planned on calling the coffee shop after the ship in the book, Pequod.

When that didn't stick, Gordon's creative director, Terry Heckler, decided to go ahead and change the name to Starbucks, after the first mate in the book called Starbuck.

 

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In an interview in 2008, Gordon said that Terry loved names that began with 'St.' and after they found something on a mysterious map, the name was set in stone.

"Somebody somehow came up with an old mining map of the Cascades and Mount Rainier, and there was an old mining town called Starbo.

"As soon as I saw Starbo, I, of course, jumped to Pequod’s first mate [named Starbuck] in Moby Dick."

And now all we can think of is getting a Caramel Macchiato…

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Listen, we only love an iced caramel macchiato on pay day, but sometimes Starbucks can be a bit of an overkill.

In the past few years they have been popping up on every street corner, and now, they're even settling down in small kiosks.

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Yep, the well known, and well loved coffee kiosk in Ballsbridge is being moved out and taken over by the super chain.

The Irish Times reports that the owners of the franchise, the Butler brothers, in Ireland paid €330,000 for the small hut that's located just beside Lansdowne Road.

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They outbid numerous other investors to take ownership of the tiny kiosk, otherwise known as the 'wardrobe at the end of the street'.

Brian Kenny was the previous coffee vendor in the small hut, and he told Liveline earlier this year that he was one month away from securing a permanent lease when he was told to move out.

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Green Day are in the city centre ahead of their Kilmainham concert tonight.

The band, who have been spotted around town, took a trip down memory lane on Instagram.

Lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, took to the social media site to reminisce about the first time he played in Ireland.

In the post, Billie asked his fans if they can remember the name of the venue where Green Day performed.

"December 1991 we played Dublin Ireland above a pub. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the pub (sic).

"I know they called the gig above the pub 'the attic'… but what was the actual name of the pub? Does anyone remember?" he wrote.

However, he later updated the caption, and wasn't too happy about the franchise that replaced the pub.

 

the old white horse inn?

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"Ugh. It's now a Starbucks.. sorrow. I have a great memory of playing there. No one was allowed to dance in fear of the roof caving in. Everyone was so friendly. Maybe we should bum rush the Starbucks and play a gig there (sic)?!"

The pub in which they played their first gig was called the The White Horse Inn, and we're just as sad as Billie that it is now a Starbucks.

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Stop. Everything.

If you've ever fancied something a little stronger than your tall skinny-latte, listen up. 

Starbucks have just announce plans to open their largest branch to date, housing a coffee-roasting area, retail spaces, a Princi bakery, and wait for it – a mezzanine bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

The 20,000-square-floor store is set to open on New York's Ninth Avenue and is said to be modelled after the original Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle.

The news comes from a Starbucks attorney, Jonathan Bing, who presented the news to Manhattan’s Business Licenses and Permits committee on Wednesday.

The company have also announced plans to recruit local artists to perform at the venue.

There's no word yet on whether Starbucks' new boozy menu will hit Irish shores anytime soon, but we can't imagine we'll have to wait too long.

We are the inventors of the boozy coffee after all.

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We all love a good Starbucks collab, and this one pairs one of our favourite celebrities with our need for caffeine. 

Lady Gaga has partnered up with Starbucks to create set of vibrant, fruity drinks to raise money for the singer’s foundation.

According to Starbucks, 25 cent from every purchase will be donated to Gaga’s Born This Way charity.

Funds raised will go toward programmes that support youth wellness and empowerment by fostering kindness, improving mental health resources, and creating more positive environments.

'We’re healthier and happier when we live our lives with compassion and our communities are stronger when we treat one another with generosity and respect,' said Lady Gaga.

'Born This Way Foundation and I are so excited to partner with Starbucks to help inspire positivity and love through the Cups of Kindness collection.'

Unfortunately, Gaga's collab is Stateside only, which is a pity because we're loving the sound of the new drinks. 

There's the Violet Drink. which blends blackberries and hibiscus with coconut milk and ice, and a new Matcha Lemonade which combines matcha green tea with lemonade. 

These new Gaga-esque beverages will be served alongside menu classics like the Pink Drink and the Ombre Drink in the charitable line-up.

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