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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 »

Your Starbucks Coffee Might Cost More Tomorrow

Prices are going up

(Newser) - Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting tomorrow, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks. What the AP terms "small and large" (tall and venti?) brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says.... More »

Starbucks' Tall Too Much for You? Enter the Mini

Chain rolls out a 'mini' Frappuccino

(Newser) - If a tall Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink. The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start selling a "mini" Frappuccino starting today through July 6. The new size is just 10 ounces, compared... More »

Starbucks Bottled Water Exits Parched California

Ethos operation moves temporarily to Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Starbucks will shift its bottled water operation out of California as the state's lengthy drought intensifies . The coffee chain says it will move production of its Ethos water to Pennsylvania for six months while it searches for an alternative West Coast source, NBC News reports. "We are committed... More »

Cop Burned by Free Starbucks Coffee Wants $50K

He says spill caused emotional distress, Crohn's flare-up

(Newser) - A police officer's free cup of coffee could cost Starbucks $50,000 if Matthew Kohr wins his lawsuit. The officer in Raleigh, NC, is suing the coffee chain, alleging that when the lid popped off his cup of coffee in 2012, the cup collapsed on itself and he suffered... More »

Where We Most Like to Go on a First Date

Order a Starbucks latte and hope it's love?

(Newser) - Coffee really does mean coffee on a lot of first dates, according to a survey from dating app Clover : The iPhone-only app analyzed data from its 200,000 users to determine that Starbucks is the most popular first-date destination (its blog post says the data "clearly shows" Starbucks is... More »

Starbucks: We'll Put Workers All the Way Through College

Company doubles down on free online tuition program

(Newser) - Working at Starbucks can now be a road to a free college education, with no requirement for baristas to stick around once they earn their degrees, the company says. The coffee chain—which launched the free tuition program less than a year ago—says it will now cover the cost... More »

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 »

Starbucks VP Flees Twitter After #RaceTogether Fail

But Corey duBrowa is back online now after 'cascade of negativity'

(Newser) - After Starbucks announced its #RaceTogether campaign on Monday, many online users aimed their racial concerns toward the Twitter account of Corey duBrowa , the company's senior VP for communications. But the heat proved too much for duBrowa to handle: By Monday night, his Twitter account was deleted, CNN Money reports.... More »

Starbucks Wants Baristas to Talk About Race With You

It's part of a new initiative by CEO Howard Schultz

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is on another mission : race relations. Under a new company initiative, baristas are being encouraged to write the phrase "Race Together" on customers' cups in the hope of starting a conversation about race, reports Fortune . "It is so vitally important to the country,"... More »

Sick of Soy? Starbucks to Serve Coconut Milk

The non-dairy alternative will be available nationwide Feb. 17

(Newser) - Coconut milk is in, and Starbucks doesn't want to be too late to the party. The company will start offering the non-soy dairy alternative nationally on Feb. 17, charging 60 cents for the elevated-sounding Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk—the same as it charges for soy milk. USA ... More »

Don't Make Eatery Staff Wash Up After Bathroom: Senator

NC's Thom Tillis says if restaurants are transparent about practice, no big deal

(Newser) - Thom Tillis may be doing more baby-kissing and less hand-shaking after he recently expounded on whether restaurant workers should have to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before they go back to handle food. The freshman senator made his stance known at yesterday's Bipartisan Policy Center event... More »

Kenny G: You Can Thank Me for the Frappuccino

Saxophonist says he encouraged Starbucks CEO to add the frozen drink

(Newser) - There's another reason for you to love Kenny G. Not only does he provide the world with smooth saxophone jazz, he also helped provide the world with the Starbucks Frappuccino, at least according to the musician himself. He was an early Starbucks investor, he explained this week in an... More »

What a Starbucks Does to the Neighborhood

Zillow's bigwigs crunch the data

(Newser) - It seems like an expected enough conclusion: A Starbucks is good for the neighborhood. But just how good? Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist Stan Humphries dig into the question by syncing their own real-estate data with known Starbucks locations. What they conclude: "Starbucks equates with venti-sized home-value... More »

Starbucks Adding 'Flat White' to Coffee Menu

It's cappuccino-ish , or maybe latte-ish, or maybe both

(Newser) - Americans will be able to order a "flat white" at Starbucks starting Tuesday, reports Eater , which describes the move as a bid for the chain to regain credibility among the coffee-drinking elite. Which then raises the question: What's a flat white? It's made with espresso and it'... More »

Next for Starbucks: Delivery

Coming in the second half of next year

(Newser) - Want Starbucks but don't want to get out of bed? There's an app for that—or there will be soon. In an earnings call yesterday, the company shared a lower-than-expected forecast for the quarter ending in December, but it also shared this tidbit: Members of its loyalty program... More »

Starbucks: You Can Win Free Coffee for 'Life'

And baristas now allowed tattoos, nose studs

(Newser) - Starbucks is aiming to boost business over the holidays by offering chances to win "free Starbucks for life"—although life is defined as 30 years. In the December promotion, 10 people who use Starbucks cards or mobile apps at the chain's stores will win a free coffee... More »

Man Tries Visiting Every Starbucks in the World

Software programmer wants to see them all

(Newser) - Hey, why not? A freelance software programmer has spent over $100,000 in an ongoing attempt to visit every Starbucks on the planet, the Telegraph reports. The notion came to Winter (formerly Rafael Lozano) as he sat in a Starbucks in Texas in 1997. "My original motive was simply... More »

The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

Baristas don't call out any names here

(Newser) - There's one Starbucks in the world where there's zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as "Store Number 1" on its receipts. No names grace the cups... More »

Pregnant Woman: Starbucks Barista Blocked Me From Bathroom

Multiple times; venti-size outrage ensues

(Newser) - If you are the lone thing standing between a woman with a 7- or 8-pound fetus parked on her bladder and the nearest public bathroom, well, let's just say digging your heels in isn't going to win you any pregnant friends or an employee of the month award.... More »

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