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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 »

What a Starbucks Does to the Neighborhood

Zillow's bigwigs crunch the data

(Newser) - It seems like an expected enough conclusion: A Starbucks is good for the neighborhood. But just how good? Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist Stan Humphries dig into the question by syncing their own real-estate data with known Starbucks locations. What they conclude: "Starbucks equates with venti-sized home-value... More »

Starbucks Adding 'Flat White' to Coffee Menu

It's cappuccino-ish , or maybe latte-ish, or maybe both

(Newser) - Americans will be able to order a "flat white" at Starbucks starting Tuesday, reports Eater , which describes the move as a bid for the chain to regain credibility among the coffee-drinking elite. Which then raises the question: What's a flat white? It's made with espresso and it'... More »

Next for Starbucks: Delivery

Coming in the second half of next year

(Newser) - Want Starbucks but don't want to get out of bed? There's an app for that—or there will be soon. In an earnings call yesterday, the company shared a lower-than-expected forecast for the quarter ending in December, but it also shared this tidbit: Members of its loyalty program... More »

Starbucks: You Can Win Free Coffee for 'Life'

And baristas now allowed tattoos, nose studs

(Newser) - Starbucks is aiming to boost business over the holidays by offering chances to win "free Starbucks for life"—although life is defined as 30 years. In the December promotion, 10 people who use Starbucks cards or mobile apps at the chain's stores will win a free coffee... More »

Man Tries Visiting Every Starbucks in the World

Software programmer wants to see them all

(Newser) - Hey, why not? A freelance software programmer has spent over $100,000 in an ongoing attempt to visit every Starbucks on the planet, the Telegraph reports. The notion came to Winter (formerly Rafael Lozano) as he sat in a Starbucks in Texas in 1997. "My original motive was simply... More »

The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

Baristas don't call out any names here

(Newser) - There's one Starbucks in the world where there's zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as "Store Number 1" on its receipts. No names grace the cups... More »

Pregnant Woman: Starbucks Barista Blocked Me From Bathroom

Multiple times; venti-size outrage ensues

(Newser) - If you are the lone thing standing between a woman with a 7- or 8-pound fetus parked on her bladder and the nearest public bathroom, well, let's just say digging your heels in isn't going to win you any pregnant friends or an employee of the month award.... More »

Starbucks' New Latte Flavor: Beer

Guinness-style drink being tested in Ohio, Florida

(Newser) - Like to start your morning with the taste of Guinness? You're in luck: Starbucks is testing a new latte flavor called Dark Barrel, which contains a syrup reminiscent of a dark beer, the Independent in Ireland reports. It's also got whipped cream and dark caramel sauce. And don'... More »

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 »

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