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Starbucks Stops Writing 'Race Together' on Cups

Widely mocked campaign moves to new phase

(Newser) - Starbucks customers can now get their frappuccinos without a side order of race relations discussion. The company says the "Race Together" campaign, in which baristas were encouraged to stimulate discussion by writing the phrase "Race Together" on coffee cups , has moved on to a different phase, NPR reports.... More »

Here's Who Gets Your Starbucks Tips

Court says baristas and shift supervisors can split them, but not assistant managers

(Newser) - New York's highest court has weighed in on a feud over the Starbucks tip jar. Two suits were in question. In one, baristas argued that shift supervisors should be banned from sharing the cash because state law prohibits "employers and their agents" from access to tips for waiters... More »

Bikini Barista Owner Guilty of Indecent Exposure

Coffee shop owner faces 90 days in prison over workers' attire

(Newser) - Washington state has seen a racy new trend in the last few years: that of "bikini baristas" who use skimpy attire to sell coffee in this most competitive of markets. Bikini baristas have been charged with prostitution and indecent exposure, but only now has one of the cases made... More »

NYC Cafe Introduces $12 Coffee

This cup o' joe is quite fancy

(Newser) - Attention coffee snobs: You have a new mecca. Starting today Café Grumpy in (where else?) New York will offer a $12 cup of coffee. That’s just coffee—not a cappuccino or a latte—so why the high price tag? “There are flavors you would expect in a really... More »

Coffee's 'Third Wave' Brews Some Fine Joe

This sure ain't Starbucks, so don't go in blind

(Newser) - Americans love their coffee, and if you’re among those who are way beyond Folgers and are starting to tire of chains like Starbucks and Peet’s, perhaps you’re ready for the so-called “third wave.” Cafés of this genre offer high-quality coffees—drip and espresso—often... More »

Bikini Baristas Charged With Prostitution

Girls at Grab-n-Go coffee shop gave customers a little extra

(Newser) - Five bikini baristas at a Washington coffee stand were charged with prostitution today after an undercover police investigation. Police say the women sold extra services from the stand—quick flashes of nudity, licking whipped cream off their co-workers, allowing customers to grope them, etc. That kind of for-pay touching, the... More »

Reality Bites Starbucks Fantasy

(Newser) - Many Americans fantasized of tuning in, dropping out, and working at Starbucks, Mary Schmich writes in the Chicago Tribune, but that dream died with the economic slowdown. “Starbucks was the great American backup plan,” Schmich writes. “The emergency exit. The parachute,” fueled by the “promise... More »

Help Wanted: Must Make Coffee, Change World

(Newser) - Coffee is pretty serious stuff in Portland, Oregon, but a relatively new shop on the block is taking the preparation of caffeinated beverages to a rarified extreme, the New York Times reports. The Ladybug Organic Coffee Company requires applicants for barista positions to fill out a five-page application, complete with... More »

Java Lovers Buzz Over 'Latte Art'

Fans try to master Italian barista trick

(Newser) - Coffee lovers are trying their unsteady hands at a craze called latte art: creating intricate designs in espresso foam, the Wall Street Journal reports. Using techniques like jiggling a pitcher while pouring milk, "artists" form pictures of rosettas, leaves, and swans atop their frothy drinks. Some post photos and... More »

Starbucks to Pour Freebies

Execs hope new 'everyday' blend will boost soft sales

(Newser) - Starbucks will pour a new blend for free tomorrow (Tuesday) in an effort to rekindle customer love, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The company is keeping the blend's ingredients—“subtle, rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts"—under wraps, and hopes it will boost sales as Starbucks faces fresh... More »

Starbucks Balks at Paying Back Barista Tips

Firm challenges court ruling, calls it 'unfair beyond reason'

(Newser) - Starbucks is defying a California court ruling, arguing a judge has created a tempest in a tip jar, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The court ruled the coffee shop must pay nearly $100 million to California baristas forced to share tips with their supervisors. Similar suits have been filed in Minnesota... More »

Why Fork Over $11,000 for a Coffee Machine?

'Clover addict' thinks it could change how we think about our joe

(Newser) - A cup of coffee brewed with 16 ounces of water at 203 degrees for 44 seconds? Coming right up. The brouhaha over the $11,000 Clover 1s—the ultra-high-tech machine that brews one cup at a time—makes sense, Paul Adams writes in Slate. After two hours test-driving the built-to-order... More »

New McD's Menu Muscles In on Starbucks

Fast-food giant adds baristas, fancy coffee, $1B in sales

(Newser) - You’ll be able to get cappuccinos, lattes, and frappes from a certified barista beneath the Golden Arches this fall, reports the Wall Street Journal, as McDonald's takes on Starbucks. It’s the fast-food behemoth's biggest menu addition in 30 years, and the company expects it to bring in $1... More »

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