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Starbucks Closing All Standalone La Boulange Bakery Cafés By Fall

Back in 2012, Starbucks bought a San Francisco-based bakery chain, La Boulange, to help class up its offerings in the pastry case. While Starbucks will keep the brand for the pastries served in Starbucks cafés, the company has decided to close the 23 standalone La Boulange locactions that have stayed in business since the acquisition. [More]

Get Your Free Iced Tea At Teavana June 10 To Celebrate Another Nonsense Holiday

Did you know that there’s a National Iced Tea Day? It’s tomorrow, June 10 and yes, it is a self-promotional event, but the important thing is that you can celebrate this non-holiday by picking up a free 16-ounce iced berry-pineapple herbal tea at Teavana. There’s no purchase required, but if you go, be sure to avoid the upsell if fancy implements for making loose-leaf iced tea aren’t really your thing. [Starbucks Melody]

We All Somehow Survived The 5-Hour Starbucks Register Outage

We All Somehow Survived The 5-Hour Starbucks Register Outage

On Friday, people across the United States and Canada banded together to get through a crisis. Payment systems at corporate-owned Starbucks stores across the U.S. and Canada went down, leaving about 8,000 stores unable to collect money in exchange for food and beverages. While the crisis only lasted for one afternoon and evening, Starbucks managed to thrill customers by giving food and drinks away instead…and raised a lot of questions about the flaws in modern payment systems. [More]

Starbucks Mobile Ordering Expands To Washington And Idaho

Starbucks Mobile Ordering Expands To Washington And Idaho

If you’re dreaming of the day that you can order and pay for your Starbucks beverage with no human interaction whatsoever, you’re apparently not alone. Customers have been asking for the ability to order in advance from the mobile app for as long as Starbucks has had a mobile payment app, and the test is expanding from just one city to two states. Starbucks says that it should go national later this year. [More]

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Ex-Cop Battles Starbucks Tip Jar Thief, Saves The Day And $4

When is it worthwhile to intervene when you see a crime happening? That was the question raised recently in Orange County, California, when two men resorted to violence over a Starbucks tip jar containing only a few bucks. One was an ex-cop who was buying a drink at Starbucks, and the other a bike-riding thief. [More]

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Delta Air Lines Will Now Serve Starbucks Coffee On All Flights

Expanding on an earlier deal that had Starbucks name-brand coffee served on certain West Coast shuttle routes and flights from New York’s JFK to California, Delta Air Lines says it will now be serving Starbucks coffee on all its flights, which is about 5,000 flights daily. [More]

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Your First Drink At Starbucks Doesn’t Matter, If You Want Refills

As people who like to loiter in coffee shops most likely know, you can get refills of brewed coffee or tea at Starbucks for only fifty cents, and the refills are free once you’ve bought five drinks with the shop’s payment app or a registered gift card. What you may not know, though, is that your first drink doesn’t need to be a plain brewed coffee: it can be a fancy espresso-based concoction. [More]

Starbucks Wants To Open A Chain Of Even More Upscale Coffee Shops

Starbucks Wants To Open A Chain Of Even More Upscale Coffee Shops

You may have thought that Starbucks was already an upscale coffee chain. Perhaps it is, compared to brewing your own Folgers at home, but there are even pricier coffee shops out there that offer even finer coffees. Starbucks wants to compete with these shops, which you haven’t heard of because you can’t afford to visit: even if you can, you probably don’t want to pay $45 for a pound of roasted beans. [More]

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Starbucks Runs BOGO Holiday Drink Promo, Forgets To Specify ‘Holiday’ Drinks On Flyer

Reader Dave says that he’s a regular at his local Starbucks, and last week when he stopped by, the employees handed him a flyer. It promoted some special events this week surrounding the release of the chain’s holiday gift items and themed beverage items. Part of that is a buy one, get one free deal for holiday beverages every afternoon for the rest of this week. That was what the press release and e-mails to customers said. Dave’s flyer said something different. [More]

Apparently, Someone Wants A Sterling Silver Starbucks Card Keychain

Apparently, Someone Wants A Sterling Silver Starbucks Card Keychain

Are you a Starbucks super-fan, or is someone you know? If so, consider this year’s Starbucks super-fan gift, which goes on sale next Wednesday. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a Starbucks gift card with a 400% markup, or a $150 silver keychain that also requires a $50 Starbucks gift card purchase. [More]

Man Throws Chihuahua At Window Of Starbucks That Banned Him

Man Throws Chihuahua At Window Of Starbucks That Banned Him

In Houston, a man was banned from a Starbucks due to his disruptive behavior, which included “harassing” customers. He reacted to this ban in a completely logical way: by pitching a fit outside, throwing a glass bottle at the ground, then throwing a Chihuahua puppy of unknown origin at the coffee shop’s window. [More]

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Starbucks Holiday Promo: Free Drinks For Life, Or At Most 30 Years

Starbucks doesn’t want your cash. It doesn’t want your credit or debit card, either. The chain coffeeteria wants its customers to pay using Starbucks gift cards or mobile apps, so they can keep track of what you, personally order, and send you promotions and coupons accordingly. That’s the unstated reason why Starbucks will have a promotion this holiday season: a chance to win “Free Starbucks for Life.” [More]

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Starbucks Now Testing Super Cute 10-Ounce Mini-Frappuccino

As a news outlet known for sharing news about record-shattering, vat-filling, massive frozen espresso drinks, it’s a cool and refreshing change of pace for us to share news about a new tiny Frappuccino. If you live near Houston or Denver and want a caffeinated confection with fewer calories, you can check out the test. [More]

400 People Continue Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain For 11 Hours

400 People Continue Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain For 11 Hours

For about 11 hours, the customers of a Florida Starbucks kept a pay-it-forward chain going. Almost 400 cars each paid for the order of the customer behind them in line, continuing the chain from morning rush hour until dinner time. Are these chains inefficient? Sure. Do they brighten the day of both customers and employees? Generally. [More]

This Starbucks Is Boring, Making Everyone Sad

This Starbucks Is Boring, Making Everyone Sad

You’ve heard of “Dumb Starbucks,” but what about the Ugly Starbucks? A former burger stand has re-opened as a Starbucks, and residents are not happy. There’s no seating outside, they complain there isn’t enough parking, and the exterior is uninspired and hideous. [More]

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

We track and post attempts to make the largest possible Starbucks beverage on a single free drink coupon because the “competition” amuses us, and because we report on unusual things that happen in commerce. These record attempts are really unusual because, the online chatter indicates, Starbucks recently reminded their “partners” that Frappuccinos are not to be served by the free vat. [More]

Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Hey, remember how we reported earlier this week that a new record had been set for the most expensive single Starbucks drink to be paid for with a free drink coupon? Well, we were wrong. Record-seeker Sameera didn’t know it either at the time, but the record had actually been set on July 4th, with a 77-shot concoction costing $71.35. America! [More]

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

Sameera planned carefully for her attempt at breaking a world record. She obtained permission from the store where her attempt would take place, and even made sure to alert media outlets ahead of time. She even brought the proper equipment and a support team. What record was she out to break? She sought to make the most expensive single free Starbucks drink of all time. Update: Yeah, about that record… [More]