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Starbucks Handcrafted Sodas Get Test Run In Atlanta And Austin

A customer exits a Starbucks Corp. location in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Arabica-coffee futures fell the most in seven weeks on speculation that ample supply in Brazil, the world's leading producer and exporter, will compensate for production losses from a fungal disease in Central America. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A customer exits a Starbucks Corp. location in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Arabica-coffee futures fell the most in seven weeks on speculation that ample supply in Brazil, the world's leading producer and exporter, will compensate for production losses from a fungal disease in Central America. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Months after we heard rumors that Starbucks was experimenting with handcrafted sodas in Seattle, The Wall Street Journal confirms that the Seattle-based coffee chain has been testing made-to-order lemon ale, spiced root beer and ginger ale in Atlanta and Austin since last week.

Unofficial fan page Starbucks Melody has several photos featuring a soda, signage and a carbonator. Starbucks reps say it's too early to say if the sodas will get a national rollout.

From what we can tell on social media, some Starbucks customers are digging the new offerings:

This is the best day ever #starbucks makes root beer now omg sooooo #happy and it #good to #sodahttp://t.co/qHNhuPwDBk

— SouthernBelle (@Rissia23) June 27, 2013

Handcrafted soda is Starbucks' latest venture outside the coffee category. Others include the juice-based Refreshers line and the chain's juice bar concept, Evolution Fresh.

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