Ever wonder what Keith Richards might put on a mixtape? Starbucks' Artist's Choice series (also available in record stores) offers some insight. Each CD features songs handpicked by the likes of the Stones and Sheryl Crow. We rated all six on a scale of 1 to 5 cups while downing jolts of java.
WHAT'S IN THE POT Great American Songbook fare sprinkled with jazz CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Billie Holiday's ''I Wished on the Moon'' ODD BEAN Ravel's String Quartet in F Major [4 cups]
WHAT'S IN THE POT A few tasty ditties, but mostly weak, light-bodied pop CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Dylan's ''Don't Think Twice, It's All Right'' ODD BEAN Carole King's maudlin ''So Far Away'' [2 cups]
WHAT'S IN THE POT Classical and jazz, with a subtle, nutty aftertaste (Edith Piaf, Bobby McFerrin) CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Pablo Casals' Bach, Cello Suite 5, Sarabande ODD BEAN James Taylor's ''Mona'' [3 cups]
THE ROLLING STONES
WHAT'S IN THE POT A blues-infused blend with a hint of brown sugar CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Al Green's ''I'm Still in Love With You'' ODD BEAN The Beach Boys' ''I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times'' [4 cups]
WHAT'S IN THE POT An intense fix of jittery jazz CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Art Tatum's ''How High the Moon (live)'' ODD BEAN Willie Nelson's ''Always on My Mind'' [5 cups]
WHAT'S IN THE POT Beautifully melancholy songs by slightly bitter singers CAFFEINE HIGH POINT Paul Westerberg's ''Good Day'' ODD BEAN Judy Collins' ''La Chanson des Vieux Amants'' [5 cups]