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Weary of Pumpkin Spice Craze? We Have Bad News

The drink for the fall is already back, earlier than ever

(Newser) - The array of pumpkin spice-whatever products that normally deluge consumers in the fall is now arriving in the summer. Starbucks says its lattes—credited with starting the boom more than a decade ago—are available starting Tuesday. If that seems way too soon, it's because Aug. 28 is the... More »

Starbucks Makes Volunteering a Paid Practice

In test program, the company is paying 36 employees to work at nonprofits

(Newser) - Volunteers aren't paid by definition, but Starbucks is stirring things up a bit. The company has begun paying some employees who spend half the 40-hour work week at Starbucks and the other half at a local nonprofit, reports CNN . When employees are "engaged in communities and they feel... More »

Best Bang for Your Coffee Dollar May Be a Surprise

7-Eleven is No. 1 in Quartzy ranking, which factors in caffeine amount

(Newser) - Where to go to get the best value in a cup of coffee? Quartzy has an interesting breakdown that goes beyond mere price. For example, it might seem that paying $1.19 at McDonald's instead of $2.65 at Starbucks is a no-brainer—but not when you take into... More »

Next Star Wars Film Will Have a Beloved Character

The late Carrie Fisher will appear, thanks to the use of old footage

(Newser) - Excellent news for fans of Princess Leia. Or in this case, General Leia. The late Carrie Fisher will appear in the upcoming Star Wars film thanks to unused footage, reports People . Director JJ Abrams announced the move Friday, and he said it had the blessing of Fisher's daughter, Billie... More »

Starbucks to Break Ground With Special US Store

Starbucks plans first US signing store

(Newser) - A company in need of good news just got some: Starbucks announced this week that it plans to open its first US signing store, the Washington Post reports. Slated to be near Gallaudet University in Washington, DC—the only university for the deaf and hard-of-hearing worldwide—the new Starbucks will... More »

Starbucks Dumps Plastic Straws

It's the first big food company to do so in the US

(Newser) - Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder, per the AP . Plastic straws have become a flashpoint. A week... More »

Man With Stutter: Starbucks Barista Told Me, 'OK, S-S-Sam'

Coffee mega-chain says it's investigating the incident

(Newser) - Starbucks insensitivity, round two? Seems that way after a Starbucks customer in West Philadelphia says a barista mocked his stutter last week by mimicking him, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "OK, S-S-Sam," the barista apparently told the 28-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate student, who identified himself only as Sam.... More »

Seattle Kills Tax in Face of Formidable Foe: Amazon

City council rolls back tax it had unanimously approved last month

(Newser) - What does defeat sound like? This: "We have reached the conclusion that this is not a winnable battle at this time." That was the pronouncement of Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold Tuesday in advance of what ended up being a 7-2 vote to reverse a new tax the council... More »

Howard Schultz Is Leaving Starbucks. Here's What's Next

Coffee chain's executive chairman doesn't rule out an eventual White House run

(Newser) - Howard Schultz, the outspoken executive chairman of Starbucks, is stepping down from the coffee chain later this month—and his next move could be a big one. "I want to be truthful with you without creating more speculative headlines," he told the New York Times . "For some... More »

This Is Why You Can't Get Starbucks This Afternoon

All 8K US stores closed as workers take part in training on racial bias

(Newser) - If you're looking to get your Starbucks fix Tuesday, make a morning run or find somewhere else to get caffeinated. All Starbucks locations—more than 8,000 nationwide—are closing in the afternoon for training to educate its 175,000-plus workers on racial bias, per Money . The program is... More »

Trouble Brewing: Starbucks Barista Writes Slur on Cup

The company was already set to close all stores on May 29 for racial-bias training

(Newser) - Another Starbucks, this time in California, is in trouble. A restaurant in La Canada Flintridge has acknowledged that a barista wrote “beaner” on a Latino customer’s two coffee orders. The customer, Pedro, didn’t notice the slur at the time, but when he brought the beverages back to... More »

Starbucks: You Don't Have to Buy Coffee to Use Restroom

Chain updates policy after Philadelphia controversy

(Newser) - Starbucks has told employees to let anyone use the restroom, even if they haven't bought anything, as it reviews its policies and tries to restore its reputation after the arrest of two black men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia, per the AP . "We don't want to... More »

Nestle's 3rd Biggest Acquisition in 152 Years Involves Starbucks

Paying $7B for right to sell Starbucks beans, ground coffee, pods

(Newser) - How much does it cost to secure the right to sell Starbucks coffee? Nestle says the answer to that question is $7.15 billion, the amount it on Monday announced it would pay Starbucks for a business whose annual sales total $2 billion, reports the AP . The acquisition, the third-biggest... More »

Philly to Pay Black Men Arrested at Starbucks $1 Each

They secured promise from officials to set up a $200K program for young entrepreneurs

(Newser) - Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. And Starbucks agreed to pay for a college education for them, the... More »

Man Arrested at Starbucks Had Been Customer for 8 Years

Rashon Nelson says he feared for his life as he and longtime pal Donte Robinson were taken to jail

(Newser) - Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer, and when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining... More »

Starbucks Shutting Down All US Stores May 29 for Racial Bias Training

It aims to 'ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome'

(Newser) - Starbucks, under fire after a manager called police on two black men at a Philadelphia store and the men were arrested for trespassing, will close all of its US stores on the afternoon of May 29 for racial bias training. Nearly 175,000 employees will receive the training, and new... More »

After 2 Black Men Arrested at Starbucks, Manager Is Out

A rep for the company says it was a 'mutual' decision

(Newser) - Protesters descended on a Philadelphia Starbucks Sunday and again on Monday—the same day the company's CEO came to Philly to address the Thursday incident involving two black men . The Philadelphia Inquirer reports they were sitting at a table waiting to meet a third person and had not placed... More »

'Lukewarm' Starbucks Apology Blasted by Black Activists

CEO Kevin Johnson says 'we will learn from this'

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson expressed his "deepest apologies" to two black men arrested at a Philadelphia franchise location Thursday and says he hopes to give them a "face-to-face apology," the New York Times reports. "Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome—the basis... More »

Outrage Flows After Cops Arrest Black Men at Starbucks

'Does anybody else think this is ridiculous?'

(Newser) - Videos showing two black men handcuffed and removed from a Philadelphia Starbucks have drawn outrage and prompted a police investigation, the AP reports. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that one clip posted Thursday on YouTube shows police talking to the men for several minutes earlier this week before handcuffing them and... More »

There's No Sign Outside, but There's Starbucks at Yosemite

It opened on March 16

(Newser) - It seems 25,000 signatures weren't enough to keep a Starbucks out of Yosemite. That petition to halt its opening died a quiet death on March 16, when the coffee giant began operating at Yosemite Valley Lodge's Base Camp Eatery, which ABC7 reports underwent a $7 million remodel,... More »

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