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I love Starbucks coffee mugs! My wife and I have both been collecting them separately and together for years! We collectively have over 20 of them.

I started using Starbucks travel mugs when I was a bike courier in Vancouver in the early 90s. There was a Starbucks at Pender and Granville and we would hang out there to stay out of the rain (it rains a lot in Vancouver!), and would do our best to flirt with the cute baristas and try to convince them to give us free coffee. In exchange we would give them free beer at the Cambie on Friday nights! It was a symbiotic relationship

Anyway, back to the mugs. Starbucks offered plastic tumbler mugs with a lifetime warranty. They fit perfectly into our water bottle holders, and inevitably we would wipe out, hit something or get hit by a car, and the tumbler would break. We would go back and get a new one.

Starbucks used to offer any drink of your choice when you got a new travel mug. What a good deal! After buying a mug for $9.99, I picked a $4 drink and then got two or three free replacements before the guilt would start to kick in, and I’d buy a new one and start the cycle again. Needless to say, the lifetime warranty is a thing of the past!

I thought I was SO SMART! It was like I was making money. But man, I was so wrong about Starbucks…

I have probably spent $5000 or more at Starbucks over the last 20 years! It was like they knew that their generosity at the beginning of our relationship would cement our marriage…They were right. I love Starbucks coffee, their espresso machines, and those great mugs…

My friend Jeremy recently came back from Seattle and brought me back the mug above from the first Starbucks store! I love it! As I do with every other one I have.

Some people collect coins, others collect dolls. I collect, well you know…

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