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imageSEATTLE, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in California and are a certified Starbucks fan, you may have noticed that your tall, grande or venti coffee and latte have been tasting different lately. You are not imagining things.

Blame it on Governor Jerry Brown who has instituted a mandatory 25% reduction in the state’s water consumption as a way to deal with the worsening California drought.

As a law-abiding, socially and environmentally-conscious company, the Seattle-based Starbucks has implemented a no-nonsense water conservation measure in all its stores, at least in the state of California.

The measure involves a 25% reduction in the water content of every cup sold at its California stores. This means that your brewed coffee tastes stronger but at the same time, you get 25% less in liquid volume. Stores now also use 25% less ice cubes in their iced coffee.

Many Starbucks coffee fans we talked to didn’t seem to mind the change, but at the same time noticed that they have increased the number of visits to their neigborhood Starbucks store from three to five times daily.

It’s a win-win situation. It helps with the state’s water conservation, it’s good for (Starbucks) business, and consumers get better-tasting coffee.

Click HERE to find out more about Starbucks’ water and energy conservation program.


CaptureSAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is estimated that the average person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day.  More than 50% of that usage – 57.25 gallons to be exact — are used on four major daily routines – brushing teeth, taking a shower, flushing the toilet and drinking water.

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water conservation to help deal with the state’s worsening drought.  Specifically, he wants every Californian to cut down on water use by 25%.

As a public service, The Adobo Chronicles, came up with these specific water-saving tips for every Californian in order to meet the 25% figure:

  1. Brush your teeth just once a day – saves 3.6 gallons
  2. Reduce toilet use from six to two times a day – saves 6.4 gallons
  3. Reduce shower time from 9 minutes to 3 minutes per day – saves 14.50 gallons
  4. Drink beer instead of water – saves 0.50 gallons

There you go — that’s 25 gallons right there!

And if you’re feeling generous about wanting to conserve more water, wash your dishes once every 3 to 4 times of use.

We welcome our readers’ thoughts and suggestions on other innovative ways to help California save on this most precious commodity. (Please use our comment section)