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The Coffee Cost Her $2.50. It Cost Starbucks $100K

Joanne Mogavero was burned when cup lid popped off

(Newser) - The Venti Pike Place coffee cost her about $2.50. It ended up costing Starbucks about 40,000 times that. In the latest hot-coffee lawsuit , a Florida woman was awarded $100,492 Thursday after a 2014 incident at a Starbucks drive-thru in Jacksonville left her physically scarred, reports the New ... More »

Starbucks Faces $10M Lawsuit Over Unicorn Frappuccino

Brooklyn coffee shop says Starbucks ripped off its Unicorn Latte

(Newser) - It seems unicorn-themed drinks aren't quite as rare as their namesake. Munchies reports a Brooklyn coffee shop is suing Starbucks for $10 million, alleging the coffee giant's Unicorn Frappuccino infringed on its trademark. The End started selling its Unicorn Latte in December and filed for a trademark in... More »

The Unsurprising Surprise in Starbucks' Unicorn Frap: Sugar

Way too much of it, if you're going by American Heart Association standards

(Newser) - If riding an enormous sugar high can help you start to see unicorns, Starbucks' new Unicorn Frappuccino is your ticket to a world of magic. Otherwise, it's likely just the fast track to an insulin therapy regimen. The limited-edition drink—which the Washington Post snarks tastes like "sour... More »

Starbucks Finds Its 'Unicorn'

The 'Unicorn Frappuccino' changes color and taste as you stir

(Newser) - Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a "Unicorn Frappuccino," the AP reports. The chain says the drink was inspired by the trend of unicorn-themed food online and starts out purple with a sweet and fruity taste. It... More »

New Starbucks Gimmick: 'Alexa' Will Place Your Order

Customers can order at home, pick it up

(Newser) - Starbucks is trying to make it as easy as possible for its digital customers to drink up. The chain on Monday began testing My Starbucks barista, a platform that lets customers order by voice through their phones, pay remotely, then swing by a store to pick them up, reports the... More »

Starbucks: We're Hiring 10K Refugees

Those who helped US troops will be given priority

(Newser) - Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations. Howard Schultz, the coffee retailer's chairman and CEO, said in a letter to employees... More »

Man, 37, Hits On Teen Barista, Starbucks Bans Him

He accuses coffee chain of age discrimination

(Newser) - A 37-year-old man claims he was banned from a Starbucks after he asked a 16-year-old barista out to dinner, KREM reports. Now, the man is accusing the Spokane, Wash., shop of ageism. The man (whom the station opted not to identify) writes on Facebook that he scribbled a note to... More »

The 5 Most Frivolous Lawsuits of 2016

You better believe 'monkey selfie' made the list

(Newser) - These are the five silliest and most frivolous lawsuits of 2016, and if you disagree, you can sue. The Institute for Legal Reform picked its annual 10 most ridiculous lawsuits by having 5,000 people rank the most popular stories on Faces of Lawsuit Abuse . Here are the top five: More »

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Is Stepping Down

He's going to focus on innovation at the company instead

(Newser) - Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago, the AP reports. The company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson will become chief executive as of April 3. Schultz, currently chairman and CEO, will become executive chairman... More »

Trump Fans Are Protesting Starbucks by Buying Starbucks

The #TrumpCup movement took off Friday

(Newser) - Trump supporters are protesting Starbucks by...spending money at Starbucks. The Hill reports fans of the president elect are ordering drinks at Starbucks and giving their names as "Trump" so baristas have to write "Trump" on their cups and yell it out. The movement took off Friday, with... More »

Starbucks CEO: We'll Open 1 Shop Per Day in China

Howard Schultz says the coffee chain is playing the "long game"

(Newser) - How many black forest lattes can the Chinese drink? Starbucks is hoping the answer is a lot. CEO Howard Schultz tells CNNMoney the coffee giant is planning to open more than one new store each day in China over the next five years. The projection to have almost 5,000... More »

1 Dead in Starbucks Shooting After Credit Card Declined

Drive-thru customer came inside, shot man, witnesses say

(Newser) - A Starbucks customer described terrified people dropping to the floor and sobbing after a gunman parked his car and entered the Las Vegas store, fatally shooting a man inside, the AP reports. Customer Medin Gebrezgier told police and a television reporter that he saw the gunman, identified Monday by police... More »

Despite Vows, Dunkin' Can't Quit Styrofoam

Chain believes eco-unfriendly foam is still the best way to serve your coffee

(Newser) - Six years after vowing to give up Styrofoam, Dunkin' Donuts is still using its iconic, eco-unfriendly cups, reports Business Insider . The coffee chain declared ridding itself of Styrofoam the "#1 sustainability priority" in 2010, yet a majority of outlets still use cups made of Styrofoam, or polystyrene, which is... More »

Judge Dismisses Starbucks Suit, Says Even Kids Would Get This

California man's case alleging misleading beverage sizes: done

(Newser) - If you don't assume that ordering an iced drink at Starbucks could include an ample amount of ice in that drink, and that said ice will count toward the stated liquid volume of that beverage—well, you're not smarter than a fifth-grader. That's basically the gist of... More »

Starbucks Baristas Can Now Wear Fedoras

As a symbol of their 'personal expression'

(Newser) - Just like a Starbucks customer can match her perc to her personality via a customized coffee, company baristas can now also "shine as individuals" thanks to the java giant's updated dress code. Per a company release posted Monday, baristas are now allowed to diverge somewhat from the black,... More »

Starbucks Announces Higher Pay, Higher Prices

The two developments are unrelated

(Newser) - On Monday, Starbucks announced it would increase worker wages; on Tuesday, the company announced it would also increase the cost of some of its drinks. The two developments are unrelated: As Fortune notes, the price hikes (between 10 and 30 cents per beverage) are thanks to rising coffee costs, not... More »

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Over Starbucks Lattes

California plaintiffs complain about a lack of milk

(Newser) - Think your Starbucks lattes are light on the milk? Well, get this: Not only are two Starbucks customers suing over an alleged lack of milk in the coffee drinks, a judge on Friday allowed their proposed class-action suit to proceed, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs, California residents Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin... More »

Woman Gives Mean Girls an Intervention at Starbucks

By way of a heartfelt note and Mini Frappuccinos

(Newser) - Michelle Icard starts her days with a cup of tea at a North Carolina Starbucks. But on Monday, her morning ritual was ruined by the overheard conversation of a trio of "very pretty, very boisterous, horribly behaved" teen girls who were making fun of classmates and complaining about "... More »

Starbucks Barista Majorly Goofs on Helen Hunt's Name

Classic

(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 »

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