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Making the Grade: Seattle’s Beats Coffee


Seattle’s Best Coffee, which was acquired by Starbucks in 2003, unveiled a new logo design this week and it’s been causing quite a…stir. Following the recent trend popularized by President Obama’s 2008 election campaign logo and Pepsi’s controversial re-branding, the coffee franchise’s new logo is simple, sleek, and a little bland. We dig the coffee cup and liquid drop idea, but the color palette is weaker than a mug of bad jo. The choice to maintain Seattle’s Best Coffee’s red color, in particular, makes one blogger’s assessment that the new logo is fit for a blood bank (not a java joint) pretty accurate. A for effort, but C for overall execution.


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