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Starbucks 'Pay It Forward' Chain Lasts for 378 Cars

Florida drive-thru keeps it going for 11 hours

(Newser) - Customers at a Starbucks drive-thru in St. Petersburg, Fla., kept a "pay it forward" chain going for 11 hours and 378 cars yesterday, reports the Tampa Bay Times . It began about 7am, when a woman paid for the order of the car behind her, and that driver did the... More »

Starbucks Testing Mobile Stores on Campuses

While McDonald's plans to sell packaged coffee in supermarkets

(Newser) - Two big moves in the world of coffee, which, as Slate points out, come amid rising prices and shrinking bean supplies:
  • Starbucks: The chain for the first time is borrowing a page from those ever-popular food trucks, reports the Seattle Times . Starbucks will have mobile stores on three college campuses
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Starbucks Unveils 'Healthy,' Hand-Made Sodas

Coffee titan wants you to drink a nice root beer ... with lunch

(Newser) - Starting tomorrow, Starbucks across the sunbelt states will offer a new drink that's—get this—carbonated, USA Today reports. Baristas will be making Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas at rather noisy machines (that add ambiance, not annoyance, apparently) in ginger ale, lemon ale, and root beer flavors. They'll be caffeine-free,... More »

Starbucks to Workers: We'll Pay for College

Firm says it will pay $30K per worker for online tuition

(Newser) - Starbucks workers who don't want to be baristas forever will be able to get a college education courtesy of the coffee chain. The company says it is offering all 135,000 of its US employees who work at least 20 hours a week the opportunity to be reimbursed for... More »

New Priciest-Ever Starbucks Drink Made With 60 Shots

Frappuccino worth $54.75 breaks last year's record

(Newser) - Today in the annals of First-World feats: America has a new priciest-ever Starbucks drink. The customer behind the beverage, identified as Andrew, used his loyalty card to get a free Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino, a concoction made with 60 shots of espresso that happens to be worth $54.75.... More »

Starbucks Reveals Cities' Favorite Drinks

Iced coffee oddly big in Boston; Seattle likes extra shot

(Newser) - Perhaps it's no surprise that Seattle residents like a little extra caffeine—after all, they've been drinking Starbucks for a long time. Their interest in an extra shot of espresso is just one of the interesting findings in a company analysis of cities' favorite drinks, shared with Quartz... More »

Starbucks: Sorry About '666' in Coffee Foam

Barista also drew what may have been a pentagram

(Newser) - It's nice when your creative Starbucks barista draws something in your coffee foam ... unless, of course, that "something" is a pair of Satanic symbols. Megan Pinion, a Louisiana schoolteacher, was scandalized Sunday when she saw the two coffee drinks she had bought at a Mall of Louisiana Starbucks:... More »

Coming Soon to Starbucks: Booze

Alcohol menu will be expanded to thousands of stores

(Newser) - Soon, Starbucks will be more than just a place where you can get a Frappuccino and a croissant: It will also be a place where you can get some bacon-wrapped dates and a nice glass of Malbec. The COO recently revealed that the coffee chain has been testing its evening... More »

Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest

Police traced its sticker back to store, then scanned surveillance video

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man in Washington state is behind bars on rape charges because of his reusable Starbucks cup, reports the Olympian . Police say Bryon Johnston abducted a woman from a bus stop and drove her to an abandoned motel, but she managed to escape the moving SUV in the parking... More »

'Dumb Starbucks' Shut Down, Mastermind Revealed

Comedy Central star was brains behind parody

(Newser) - Looks like " Dumb Starbucks " has served its last Dumb Frappuccino. LA County health inspectors shut down the "parody coffee shop" yesterday, soon after comedian Nathan Fielder revealed himself as the brains of the operation, reports the Los Angeles Times . The Canadian funnyman hosts the Comedy Central show... More »

New LA Coffee Shop: 'Dumb Starbucks'

No one's really sure what's going on at Los Feliz storefront

(Newser) - Well, this is strange: A new coffee shop calling itself " Dumb Starbucks " has opened in a Los Angeles neighborhood. "Dumb Starbucks" uses the Starbucks logo and Starbucks beverage names, just with "dumb" attached to every name—so Dumb Caramel Macchiato, Dumb Frappuccino, etc. There are even... More »

Baked Goods Starting to Pay Off for Starbucks

Croissant sales double

(Newser) - Starbucks was never exactly known for its croissants—or any of its baked goods, for that matter. Now, however, the company is seeing early signs of promise for its revamped lineup of sweets, which has made its way to about a third of its US cafes. In an earnings call... More »

Woman Survives on Nothing but Starbucks for a Year

If you're thinking 'why,' well, she has an answer for you

(Newser) - You and your New Year's resolution have nothing on a 40-year-old Seattle woman, who not only set a fairly insane goal in advance of Jan. 1, 2013—eat absolutely nothing but food sold at Starbucks for a year—but actually achieved it . The New York Daily News reports that... More »

Brewer Replies to Starbucks Letter With Snarky Note, $6

Promises to stop calling one of its beers 'Frappicino'

(Newser) - A small Missouri brewery has responded to a cease and desist letter from Starbucks by sending the coffee chain a check to cover what it calls the profit from use of the word "Frappicino"—a check for $6. Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in the St. Louis suburb... More »

Hundreds 'Pay It Forward' at Conn. Starbucks

Some 450, to be more precise

(Newser) - Now this is nice: "The person in front of you actually already paid $9.01 toward your drink." At this Starbucks in Newington, Conn., some 450 people paid for the drink orders of the car behind them for Christmas, beginning on Christmas Eve. And talk about an embarrassment... More »

Even Starbucks Has Black Friday Doorbuster

$65 stainless steel tumbler comes with month's worth of drinks

(Newser) - This Black Friday, Starbucks won't just offer a break from the insanity; it's aiming to become a shopping destination itself. The chain is offering a 16-ounce stainless steel tumbler—filled with a month's worth of drinks—for $65, Consumerist reports. Owners of the tumbler can bring it... More »

Sorry, Starbucks Baristas, You Must Share Your Tips

Federal court decides that shift supervisors entitled to a cut

(Newser) - Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors, a federal appeals court said today. An attorney representing the baristas called the ruling "unfortunate" and said it lets employers subsidize the pay of its supervisors with money that should be going to their lowest-wage workers. A company spokesperson said... More »

Kraft Kerfuffle Costs Starbucks $2.7B

Settlement ends packaged-coffee battle

(Newser) - Starbucks has to cough up an eye-popping $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution, an arbitrator has decided. The two companies had been locked in a fight for three years after Starbucks fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains, complaining that... More »

China Bashes Starbucks' Prices

State TV says prices are higher than US, UK

(Newser) - China has a Venti-sized problem with the prices Starbucks is charging in the Middle Kingdom. State-run TV broadcaster CCTV recently ran a 20-minute report called "Starbucks: Expensive in China," claiming that the espresso giant charges customers in China up to 50% more than it does those in the... More »

Starbucks: You Can Bring Your Guns, But Please Don't

CEO 'respectfully requests' customers stop promoting stores as pro-gun

(Newser) - With another mass shooting about to inevitably shove gun control back into the national conversation , Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is begging you: Please, leave Starbucks out of it. "I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores," Schultz writes in... More »

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