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Starbucks Barista Majorly Goofs on Helen Hunt's Name


(Newser) - Celebrities— they're just like us . Helen Hunt says Starbucks mangled the spelling of her name on her drink order, but the goof was a little more extreme than "Hellen." A confused barista mixed her up with fellow Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster—and didn't even manage to... More »

Woman Sues Starbucks for $5M Over Ice in Its Drinks

Is a Venti really 24 ounces?

(Newser) - A cold drink is one thing—but a cold drink filled partly with ice? An Illinois woman is suing Starbucks for $5 million, claiming the company misrepresents the size of its cold drinks by including a hefty amount of ice, the Huffington Post reports. Take the company's 24-ounce Venti... More »

'Diabetes Here I Come' Note Offends Starbucks Customer

Florida man has two sisters with Type 1 diabetes

(Newser) - A Starbucks customer in Florida wasn't too pleased to see something printed in place of his name on a freshly made grande white mocha: "DIABETES HERE I COME." (See a tweeted image of the offending cup here .) But the still-unidentified man had a personal reason to... More »

Woman Chews Out Florida Governor at Starbucks

And it gets caught on video

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped for coffee at the wrong Starbucks on Tuesday. A woman in the Gainesville store spotted him and gave him a pretty fantastic chewing-out, most of which was caught on video . After ripping him for cutting Medicaid and not caring about the working class, she shouted,... More »

Starbucks to Open Its Largest Store Ever

'The Willy Wonka of coffee' to open in NYC in 2018

(Newser) - Starbucks may be heading "home" to Italy , but its largest store ever will be stateside. The coffee company is planning a 20,000-square-foot location in Manhattan dubbed the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, per the Seattle Times . CEO Howard Schultz describes it as "the Willy Wonka of... More »

Starbucks to Donate All of Its Unsold Food

By 2021 that will add up to nearly 50M meals a year

(Newser) - Some 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in the US annually—but you won't find a single unused Starbucks spinach and feta breakfast wrap in the mix by 2021. The company announced Tuesday it plans to donate 100% of unsold food within five years as part of a... More »

Starbucks Sued Over Under-Filled Lattes

Lawsuit claims the company is saving millions on milk

(Newser) - Two former Starbucks fanatics are suing the coffee giant for chronically under-filling its lattes in an attempt to save money on milk, Grub Street reports. The class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday by Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles—who used to go to Starbucks multiple times every week—claims the company has... More »

Starbucks Heading to the 'Country of Coffee'

First Italian Starbucks to open in Milan in 2017

(Newser) - Howard Schultz first got the idea to open an American coffee shop after seeing coffee bars in Milan in the 1980s. Now his coffee chain is heading—in a way—home with what it says is "humility and respect." Starbucks will open its first Italian coffee shop in... More »

Starbucks, Amazon Customers in for Unhappy Changes

Starbucks changes loyalty program, Amazon changes free shipping

(Newser) - Both Starbucks and Amazon are in the news for recent changes—and not necessarily good ones:
  • Starbucks is changing its rewards program in a fashion that hurts people who don't spend much per visit. Right now, loyalty program members earn a free food item or beverage after earning 12
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Starbucks Worker Goes the Distance for Deaf Customer

Ibby Piracha says he was left feeling 'blessed'

(Newser) - Ibby Piracha visits the same Starbucks in Leesburg, Va., about three times a week. But one recent visit was a bit different than normal. When Piracha, who is deaf, went to give his order—usually communicated through text message—the Starbucks employee instead passed him a note. "I've... More »

Hot Drinks May Have 3 Times the Sugar of a Coke

UK health group finds chains' hot flavored beverages are loaded with sugar

(Newser) - Have some hot beverage with your sugar. That's the roundabout finding of a UK health advocacy organization that discovered hot flavored drinks served by chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts can contain a "shocking" amount of sugar—sometimes up to 25 teaspoons per serving, or more... More »

New Starbucks Drink Not Easily Understood

Latte machiattos aren't just coffee and milk, apparently

(Newser) - " #Starbucks newest drink is the Latte Macchiato. WTF is that?" OK, that's one way of tweeting it . The answer is that latte macchiatos—available at Starbucks starting Tuesday in the US, Canada, and some locations in Latin America—combine espresso with "steamy creamed whole milk," the... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Enters the Holiday Coffee Cup Battle

'Dunkin Donuts isn't run by a bunch of anti-Christmas terrorists'

(Newser) - Another combatant has entered the "War on Christmas (Cups)," as Dunkin' Donuts unveiled its own holiday-themed coffee cup Tuesday, USA Today reports. The New York Post notes that Dunkin' Donuts' new cup—unlike the controversy-stirring Starbucks cup —is replete with Christmas cheer, featuring red and green wreaths... More »

Mad About Starbucks Cups? 'Stop Embarrassing Yourselves'

One reporter thinks conservatives' newest outrage could cost them the election

(Newser) - Katherine Timpf, a reporter at the conservative National Review , has a simple message for fellow conservatives up in arms over Starbucks' new holiday cup: "Please stop embarrassing yourselves." The plain red coffee cup unveiled this month has led to a vocal outcry of "War on Christmas!"... More »

Why Starbucks' New Cup Is Sparking Outrage

Snowmen? Snowflakes? Ice skates? Not this year

(Newser) - 'Tis the season to be jolly? Not all Starbucks customers would agree after seeing the company's latest holiday-themed cup, Refinery 29 reports. The serving cup—which Starbucks rolls out with a new design every November—boasts two shades of red rather than the usual Christmas imagery, such as... More »

Deaf Community Applauds Viral Starbucks Order

Rebecca King's video of sign language order goes viral

(Newser) - A Florida Starbucks has made it easy for deaf customers to order at the drive-thru—and video of one deaf woman's experience has been viewed more than 6.5 million times since she posted it on Facebook Tuesday. "Starbucks! This is what I'm talking about!" wrote... More »

Why Shaq Refused to Work With Starbucks

'That was one of my worst business decisions'

(Newser) - Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal made what sounds like an honest mistake when it came to investing in Starbucks, Fox News reports. Sitting down with sports reporter Graham Bensinger, O'Neal says he rebuffed a business offer from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: "So my agent called me up and... More »

Starbucks Baristas Told to Be Kind to Worried Investors

CEO Howard Schultz wants workers to be extra-sensitive

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hopes his customers aren't crying into their cappuccinos after yesterday's stock market plunge . In an email to all 190,000 Starbucks employees, Schultz urges workers to recognize that a lot of customers may be stressed out and in need of "very sensitive" treatment... More »

Starbucks to Actually Put Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

The battle over caramel coloring comes to an end

(Newser) - Starbucks lovers, rejoice: The pumpkin spice latte controversy is over! The company announced today that its popular fall drink will finally be made with real pumpkin, USA Today reports. To recap, (the controversial ) food blogger Vani Hari wrote a viral piece about the latte drink last year and pressed... More »

How a Guy Got Banned From All Starbucks

Rob Rowen says he received a letter banning him for life

(Newser) - A Florida man says Starbucks banned him from all locations—at least for a while—after he complained to customers who parked in the handicapped spots, Bay News 9 reports. Rob Rowen says he got miffed when customers used the spaces without so much as a limp, let alone a... More »

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