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Uber Employees Are Now Served Lowly Starbucks

They used to get craft coffee

(Newser) - Uber's struggles have now hit its employees' coffee mugs. That's according to the Washington Post , which takes a look at how Uber's floundering since its May IPO—its stock price is down more than 25%, and Business Insider notes its market value sank Friday below GM's... More »

He's No Fan of Starbucks but Has Been to 15K of Them

Meet Winter of 'Starbucks Everywhere'

(Newser) - "I don't enjoy the taste of Starbucks anymore. It's either tolerable or OK, but it's never good or great coffee anymore." So says the man who is on a quest to visit every Starbucks in the world. Born Rafael Lozano, he goes by simply Winter,... More »

Starbucks Sees No Bias in 'ISIS' Cup for Muslim Man

Drink order was for Niquel Johnson, aka Aziz

(Newser) - A man in Islamic dress believes he faced discrimination at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, where an employee at another location last year called police on two black men , prompting nationwide racial bias training . Niquel Johnson gave his Islamic name, "Aziz" (ah-zeez), to a Starbucks barista on Aug. 25 but... More »

Howard Schultz Pens 'Dear Friends' Letter With Big News

Ex-Starbucks CEO ends his independent presidential run

(Newser) - Howard Schultz is ending his independent 2020 run for president. In a "Dear Friends" letter posted on his website , the ex-Starbucks CEO cites that third-party status as one of the reasons for his decision, which CNN notes will likely bring "great relief" to Democrats. "Not enough people... More »

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various... More »

After Cops Asked to Leave, #DumpStarbucks Ensues

Coffee chain apologizes to Tempe police department

(Newser) - Starbucks is finding itself in grande trouble with the police department in Tempe, Ariz., after a branch asked six cops to leave on the Fourth of July after a customer complained that they were making him or her uncomfortable, reports ABC News . "Don't appreciate @Starbucks asking our #Tempe... More »

Paris Jackson Talks Defense: 'There's Nothing I Can Say'

She really just wants everyone to 'chill out'

(Newser) - Don't expect Paris Jackson to come to her late father's defense amid renewed abuse allegations. That's "not my role," and "there's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said in regards to defense," the 20-year-old model tweeted Thursday after she... More »

Howard Schultz Has Alternative for Term 'Billionaire'

Former Starbucks CEO and possible 2020 contender rephrases to 'people of means'

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's maybe-campaign for 2020 doesn't seem to be having a great start . In the latest development, Schultz is taking a ribbing for bristling at the term "billionaire" and instead suggesting something like "people of means." The details:
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2020 Race Just Got a Venti Jolt

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run as an independent

(Newser) - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gave the 2020 race a jolt Sunday by announcing that he is "seriously considering" running for president as an independent. "Our two parties are more divided than ever," he tweeted . "Let’s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities... More »

Starbucks Delivery Grows

Company expanding its service to big cities

(Newser) - Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its US company-operated coffee shops. The company said it is launching the service Tuesday in San Francisco and will expand to some stores in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles in coming weeks.... More »

Needles in Starbucks Bathrooms Are a Problem. Here's Company's Solution

Needle disposal boxes are coming to some locations

(Newser) - The newest amenity coming to Starbucks is a depressing one: needle disposal boxes. The company says that they will be installed at some locations because employees have found discarded bloody needles and syringes in bathrooms, USA Today reports. More than 3,750 workers have signed a petition asking for the... More »

Starbucks Finds a Way to Block Porn for Good

Solution to be rolled out next year

(Newser) - You'll soon be able to sit in Starbucks without fear of accidentally viewing porn. Though watching pornography is against Starbucks' rules, there are no content blockers on the coffee giant's WiFi, meaning porn sites remain accessible. To ensure locations are "safe and welcoming to all," however,... More »

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 »

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