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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 »

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 »

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