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Starbucks Closes Café After Fake News of Contaminating White People’s Orders

Source: Grub Street NY

Consider this a dark horse for Trump’s upcoming Fake News Awards: An eye-rolling falsehood posted to a race-baiting Facebook group, 4chan, and other places has gone viral after falsely accusing a Georgia Starbucks of doing vile things specifically to white customers’ orders. The post — an early version …

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Starbucks Debuts Its First ‘Blonde’ Espresso in Cafés Today

Source: Grub Street NY

Trying again to show it can hang with the third wave’s cool kids, Starbucks is giving customers a second espresso option. A “blonde” roast, following its tried-and-true nomenclature for drip coffee, the new option rolls out nationwide today. For years latte drinkers have had a variety of milks …

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Parliament Proposes ‘Latte Levy’ to Curb England’s Cup Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

High-street coffee may be ethically sourced, but the British government says the unrecyclable cup it’s served in is an environmental scourge. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament wants a “latte levy” imposed on coffee cups — a move members believe will show citizens how much waste …

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Starbucks Releases Strategic Holiday Frap That’s Both Instagrammable and Christmassy

Source: Grub Street NY

Critics convinced that Starbucks is morphing December 25 into a combo Chrismahanukwanzakah/International Refugee Day, you lose: Probably thanks partly to your whining, the coffee chain has squeezed one final, unnecessarily photogenic drink into the final weeks of 2017, and it’s a literal Christmas Tree Frappuccino.

Available starting …

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Starbucks Gives in and Releases Second Holiday Cup That’s Red

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has a surprise today for people who are boycotting its holiday cups for this, that, or the other reason. It’s released a second cup in a conspicuously red color that will be around for the rest of the season. It has a white heart in the …

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Starbucks’ New Holiday Cups Reportedly Have a ‘Gay Agenda’

Source: Grub Street NY

People thwarted in their hunt for something to despise about this year’s Starbucks holiday cups apparently just needed to look harder. Apparently, it’s now clear the coffee chain went covert with its liberal agenda this year. Look at the two hand-holders Starbucks placed above the Siren logo on its …

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America’s Glut of Third-Wave Coffee Shops Is Losing to the Big Chains

Source: Grub Street NY

In just half a decade, coffee nerds have gotten firsthand experience with the so-called paradox of choice: Knowing where to find an AeroPressed single-origin used to be a badge of honor; now, it’s available at Starbucks. While that’s undeniably convenient, it seems America’s overabundance of good coffee is starting …

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Starbucks Is Launching a Chain of Stand-alone Italian Bakeries

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has unveiled the perfect complement to your next Zombie or Unicorn Frappuccino: upscale Italian pastries like “you’ve never seen in America.” These first-of-their-kind baked goods mark the coffee giant’s latest plans for world domination, which involve spinning off a bakery-only concept called Princi that sells …

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Environmental Activists Are the Group That Hates This Year’s Starbucks Holiday Cups

Source: Grub Street NY

Nearly a decade ago, in 2008, Starbucks announced an ambitious plan to make its cups recyclable by 2015. It recruited smart minds (including an MIT team) and conducted big tests in New York and other cities that it bragged would “lead the entire industry towards greater access to …

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People Aren’t Exactly Lining Up for Starbucks’s New Zombie ‘Brains’ Frappuccino

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks has gone somewhat shamelessly into full-scale gimmick mode for its new Zombie Frappuccino, which “arose” yesterday in cafés while supplies last, to quote one ad. The drink — dubbed “brains for dinner” — is only around through Halloween, and the scariest part might be that it’s decaf …

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Study Says Starbucks’s Door Handles Are the Second-Filthiest Surface in New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

Men’s Health has some good news, should the new Zombie Frappuccino (out today) fail to satisfy your quota for scary things at Starbucks. On the magazine’s latest episode of Gross, editor-in-chief Matt Bean says he made “some very gross discoveries” after germ-testing public surfaces that New Yorkers …

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A Starbucks Bandit Keeps Terrorizing the Same Location in Chelsea

Source: Grub Street NY

A Starbucks location in Chelsea has experienced a streak of robberies, DNAinfo reports, conducted by a Jesse James of java who has stolen coffee beans while employees served customers. The latest incident occurred on Sunday, when the man walked into the store at 1:06 p.m. and nabbed eight bags …

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We Don’t See How Anyone Could Find Starbucks’s New Holiday Cups Controversial, But Someone Probably Will

Source: Grub Street NY

It appears that a Starbucks employee has leaked the cups that the coffee chain plans to use for the upcoming holiday season. (Yes, mid-October is far too early to mail those suckers out, but really, what were you expecting?) A pic posted to Reddit by a user named …

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Starbucks, Please Don’t Terrorize the Nation With a ‘Zombie Frappuccino’ This Halloween

Source: Grub Street NY

Alas, it seems the curtain’s been pulled back on Starbucks’ terrifying plan for Halloween, better known in the industry as the easiest time of year to sell corny sweets. Per a blog run by an ex–Starbucks barista, the chain is going to capitalize this time around by plaguing the living …

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California’s Coffee Could Soon Carry Cancer Warnings

Source: Grub Street NY

A lawsuit underway in California is just one step away from forcing Starbucks and other coffee sellers in the state to warn customers that they’re guzzling venti cups of “probable human carcinogens.” It’s the work of a tiny consumer group, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, that’s …

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Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Got Its Start in DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

The pumpkin-spice latte returned to Starbucks last week, prompting the usual annual rounds of eye-rolling and excited #PSL tweets. What’s less known is Washington’s own history with regard to the PSL. In 2003, a Starbucks product manager named Peter Dukes led a team looking for a fall flavor to complement the coffee giant’s holiday offerings […]

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La Colombe’s Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte Is Actually Pretty Good

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

For the first time in a while — thanks, climate change! — it’s actually feeling like fall in early September. And autumn’s arrival is a cue to pull out your favorite sweater and keep an eye out for Honeycrisp apples at the farmers’ market. It also heralds the return of the PSL (pumpkin spice latte,…

The post La Colombe’s Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte Is Actually Pretty Good appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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Starbucks Livestreamed an Inert Pumpkin for 80 Hours This Weekend

Source: Grub Street NY

Today’s the first “official” day of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, although anyone who’s half-industrious has been drinking them all weekend, because the barista consensus was that following protocol wasn’t worth risking life and limb. The company itself gets a lot of blame for this — it …

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Go Ahead and Get That First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year Today

Source: Grub Street NY

It is PSL season, but unlike past launches, when the drink was given out a week or more ahead of time, Starbucks decided to be especially coy for this year’s debut, and it’s driving customers nuts.

In lieu of a normal announcement, there’s a Facebook Live stream and not …

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Baristas Are Again Blasting Starbucks’s Parental-Leave Policy As Unequal and Elitist

Source: Grub Street NY

Back in January, Starbucks touted its brand-new six-week parental-leave policy as proof of the chain’s “commitment to be a different kind of company and put our people first.” But eight months after getting that benefit (no doubt a generous one for fast food), a growing number of employees …

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Starbucks Now Serves a Turmeric Latte

Source: Grub Street NY

With everybody unicorning and pumpkin-spicing foods these days, Starbucks has to really stay on its A-game so that customers don’t patronize rivals (which now include Country Crock and Pringles). The strategy lately has largely consisted of adding painfully trendy menu items — hello avocado toast, mermaid …

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Starbucks Unveils Camo Cup Sleeves to Remind Everyone How Much It Supports Veterans

Source: Grub Street NY

Starbucks is doubling down on its mission to convince Americans that it’s extremely into the military. Starting today, cup sleeves at participating cafés will now spell it out loud and clear: Bold font on the side reads, “10,000 veterans and military spouses hired. And counting.” The sleeves also …

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Starbucks Baristas Are Forming Online Support Groups Ahead of the PSL’s Launch

Source: Grub Street NY

Giant jugs of Pumpkin Spice syrup have started arriving at Starbucks. For employees, that’s the harbinger of four months of misery. To cope, desperate baristas all over the r/starbucks Reddit page are forming online support groups of sorts. All it takes is one of them posting something …

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Starbucks Is Now Putting Beef Jerky in Its Cold Brew

Source: Grub Street NY

The number of cold brews on the market today is a little overwhelming. (Do you want it steeped for 12 hours, 24 hours, or 36 hours? Made using a four-foot-tall tower, or a paper filter? In a bottle, or on tap?) Perhaps that’s why Starbucks

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Starbucks Is Closing All Those Tea Shops You Never Go To

Source: Grub Street NY

It is with a heavy heart that we report Starbucks is closing all 379 of its Teavana stores by 2018, citing “underperformance” that was “likely to continue.” Have you been? Soon, you never will.

Starbucks acquired the mall-based tea chain in 2012, in the hopes of doing for loose-leaf tea …

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