Starbucks Koln Icon Mug


Starbucks Koln Icon Mug front design features Pixies’ Fountain or Heinzelmännchen.

The Heinzelmännchen are a race of creatures appearing in a tale connected with the city of Cologne in Germany.

The little house gnomes are said to have done all the work of the citizens of Cologne during the night, so that the inhabitants of Cologne could be very lazy during the day. According to the legend, this went on until a tailor’s wife got so curious to see the gnomes that she scattered peas onto the floor of the workshop to make the gnomes slip and fall.

The gnomes, being infuriated, disappeared and never returned. From that time on, the citizens of Cologne had to do all their work by themselves.

This legend was first written down by the Cologne teacher Ernst Weyden (1805-1869) in 1826. It was translated into English by Thomas Keightley and published 1828 in his book “The Fairy Mythology”.

In 1836 the painter and poet August Kopisch published a famous poem beginning with the words:

Once upon a time in Cologne,
how comfortable it was with the Heinzelmen!
For if you were lazy, … you just lied down
on your bench and took care of yourself.
Then at night, before one knew it, came
the little men and swarmed
and clattered and rattled
and plucked
and picked
and jumped and trotted
and cleaned and scoured –
and even before a lazy bum awoke,
all his daily work was … already done! …

Mug # 48 | Koln Starbucks Icon MugStarbucks Koln Icon Mug back design

Mug # 48 | Koln Starbucks Icon MugABOUT KOLN

Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than 10 million inhabitants. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River.

The city’s famous Cologne Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.

The University of Cologne is one of Europe’s oldest and largest universities. Cologne is a major cultural center of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene.

Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries.

Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archaeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, imm Cologne, Gamescom and the Photokina.


Starbucks Koln Icon Mug is one of the 30 Icon Mugs released by Starbucks Germany.  It is still available in most Starbucks stores in Germany.

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