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Now Brewing: Starbucks Soda

Now Brewing: Starbucks Soda
Photograph by Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Starbucks wants to know: Can it ever be more to you than coffee? And, more specifically now, could you ever love it for its soda? The company is testing three new “handcrafted sodas”—ginger ale, lemon ale, and spiced root beer—in fewer than 10 stores in Seattle. Like the chain’s other drinks, the sodas are measured and mixed to order and are customizable.

The test began about one week ago. “It is not necessarily indicative of a national rollout,” says spokesperson Lisa Passé. Still, the AP reports that analysts already are encouraged by the soda test.