We announced last week that Starbucks launched an app that enables mobile payments in over 6,800 Starbucks using your gift card or Starbucks Gold Card. Starbucks launched it for iOS this past January with nothing for Android. Shortly after that, My Coffee Card debuted to fill the gap for Android users, but it was not some half baked short-term solution. Starbucks should have hired Birbeck, the developer of My Coffee Card, because this app is light years ahead of what the official Starbucks app offers.
Since the beginning, My Coffee Card has worked flawlessly. To me there wasn’t much need for improvement, but all good developers somehow find ways to improve what is already great. Today, version 1.3 releases which brings new UI enhancements, credit card saving for faster reloading, and a smaller widget option.
What separates My Coffee Card from the official app is that it actually works without bugs, has widget options (added a smaller size with version1.3), allows for multiple cards (PRO version), the ability to lock with a pin or password, order notepad for a list of drinks, notifications for card balances, database backup, and a lot less storage space. What is more fascinating is that all of these features have been there since day one.
To me the widget option (smaller version added with this update) is the biggest difference:
It gives you quick access to your card balance, stars needed to earn a free drink, barcode for mobile payment, and store location search. The order notepad is also a nice touch. It lets you save a list of drinks. Anyone who is picking up multiple drinks for an office will find this useful. I love the database backup and restore. This is something more developers need to implement. It makes things so much easier when hard resetting or buying a new device.
Version 1.3 brings in some nice enhancements. The store locator has filters. For example, you can only search for the nearest Starbucks provide a drive-thru. There are eight total filters (see video). The store locator was added to the large widget and the smaller widget is altogether new. You can even long tap store addresses to copy them to the clipboard.
My Coffee Card is free, which allows you to use only one card. The PRO version, which I recommend, is $2.99 which allows for multiple cards. The developer plans for more social integration, balance transfers between cards, and the ability to send drink lists to friends. See links below for both versions.
Check out our hands on video of version1.3, and see how easy it is to pay for your next Mocha. There is no competition from the official Starbucks app. My Coffee Card wins hands down.
Note: My Coffee Card is only available in the U.S. since Starbucks does not accept mobile payments outside the U.S.