Starbucks has a pretty cool app that can do some amazingly awesome things, like let you order your food and drink, skip the line and go.
I've noticed the stores have recently been pushing the app (by giving you extra "stars" or a free drink by signing up.) I was in Target over the weekend and gave it a whirl. It's ahh-mazing.
First, here are all things you get with the app - free refills on certain drinks, ordering through the app, birthday surprises and rewards. They had me at free refills.
I asked someone at the East Wash store how long they've been allowing orders through the app and she said only a couple of months. If you get 300 stars, you receive gold status but until then, the majority of the best perks are available for everyone.
Also, on a side note, the app has great customer service. I wrote them because I didn't get credited for promotional stars and they took care of it within an hour. It seems like such a first world problem but I really appreciated the great care in customer service.
How to use the app:
Bottom line: I love the app. In less than a week, it has made me more excited to get coffee. If I'm going to spend my money at Starbucks anyway, I might as well maximize the perks available!
Also, I still love and frequent local coffee shops and businesses (Just to name a few in Madison: Barriques, Moka, Johnson Public House, Cadence Cold Brew, A OK) but Starbucks