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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 »

'Diabetes Here I Come' Note Offends Starbucks Customer

Florida man has two sisters with Type 1 diabetes

(Newser) - A Starbucks customer in Florida wasn't too pleased to see something printed in place of his name on a freshly made grande white mocha: "DIABETES HERE I COME." (See a tweeted image of the offending cup here .) But the still-unidentified man had a personal reason to... More »

Woman Chews Out Florida Governor at Starbucks

And it gets caught on video

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped for coffee at the wrong Starbucks on Tuesday. A woman in the Gainesville store spotted him and gave him a pretty fantastic chewing-out, most of which was caught on video . After ripping him for cutting Medicaid and not caring about the working class, she shouted,... More »

Starbucks to Open Its Largest Store Ever

'The Willy Wonka of coffee' to open in NYC in 2018

(Newser) - Starbucks may be heading "home" to Italy , but its largest store ever will be stateside. The coffee company is planning a 20,000-square-foot location in Manhattan dubbed the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, per the Seattle Times . CEO Howard Schultz describes it as "the Willy Wonka of... More »

Starbucks to Donate All of Its Unsold Food

By 2021 that will add up to nearly 50M meals a year

(Newser) - Some 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in the US annually—but you won't find a single unused Starbucks spinach and feta breakfast wrap in the mix by 2021. The company announced Tuesday it plans to donate 100% of unsold food within five years as part of a... More »

Starbucks Sued Over Under-Filled Lattes

Lawsuit claims the company is saving millions on milk

(Newser) - Two former Starbucks fanatics are suing the coffee giant for chronically under-filling its lattes in an attempt to save money on milk, Grub Street reports. The class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday by Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles—who used to go to Starbucks multiple times every week—claims the company has... More »

Starbucks Heading to the 'Country of Coffee'

First Italian Starbucks to open in Milan in 2017

(Newser) - Howard Schultz first got the idea to open an American coffee shop after seeing coffee bars in Milan in the 1980s. Now his coffee chain is heading—in a way—home with what it says is "humility and respect." Starbucks will open its first Italian coffee shop in... More »

Starbucks, Amazon Customers in for Unhappy Changes

Starbucks changes loyalty program, Amazon changes free shipping

(Newser) - Both Starbucks and Amazon are in the news for recent changes—and not necessarily good ones:
  • Starbucks is changing its rewards program in a fashion that hurts people who don't spend much per visit. Right now, loyalty program members earn a free food item or beverage after earning 12
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Starbucks Worker Goes the Distance for Deaf Customer

Ibby Piracha says he was left feeling 'blessed'

(Newser) - Ibby Piracha visits the same Starbucks in Leesburg, Va., about three times a week. But one recent visit was a bit different than normal. When Piracha, who is deaf, went to give his order—usually communicated through text message—the Starbucks employee instead passed him a note. "I've... More »

Hot Drinks May Have 3 Times the Sugar of a Coke

UK health group finds chains' hot flavored beverages are loaded with sugar

(Newser) - Have some hot beverage with your sugar. That's the roundabout finding of a UK health advocacy organization that discovered hot flavored drinks served by chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts can contain a "shocking" amount of sugar—sometimes up to 25 teaspoons per serving, or more... More »

New Starbucks Drink Not Easily Understood

Latte machiattos aren't just coffee and milk, apparently

(Newser) - " #Starbucks newest drink is the Latte Macchiato. WTF is that?" OK, that's one way of tweeting it . The answer is that latte macchiatos—available at Starbucks starting Tuesday in the US, Canada, and some locations in Latin America—combine espresso with "steamy creamed whole milk," the... More »

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 »

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