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Starbucks Introduces $1 Reusable Tumbler That You’ll Probably Leave At Home

Do you remember to bring your reusable tote bag to the grocery store for a ten-cent discount? Would you remember to bring an inexpensive reusable tumbler back to Starbucks for your daily coffee? Starbucks is hoping that some people do, offering the new cups and a discount in an effort to cut back on the total number of cups the the chain uses per year. [More]

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Sold-Out $450 Starbucks Steel Gift Cards Now Going For Up To $5,000 On eBay

In case you missed those few seconds when Starbucks’ new steel gift cards went on sale last week before selling out in the blink of an eye, you’re in luck! Well, if you define luck as forking over around $5,000 on eBay for a gift card that retailed for $450, that is. Then you’re all set! [More]

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Starbucks Has Discovered Street Corners Without One Of Its Stores, Set To Open 1,500 More

If you’ve passed a street corner in your neighborhood and wished there was a Starbucks there instead of having to walk all the way to the next corner, you’re in luck: The company has announced it’s opening at least 1,500 new cafes as part of a broader plan to expand by 2017. Which means yes, Starbucks will be even more ubiquitous.  [More]

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Starbucks Introduces Limited Amount Of $450 Steel Gift Cards For The Caffeinated 1%

There are people who are willing to plunk down $7 for a cup of coffee every day at Starbucks, or those who carve out  decent slice of their budgets to ensure they get a venti latte with all the syrupy extras on a constant basis, so the idea of spending $450 on a shiny new steel Starbucks gift card really isn’t that much of a leap. And it will come with the cachet of being one of only 5,000 in existence. We can just sense the caffeinated drool out there right now. [More]

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Starbucks Store Gives Away Two Months Of Tips To Charity

A Starbucks store in Greencastle, IN, recently handed over a check to the local chapter of the Humane Society, representing the full amount of tips taken in by the coffee shop in September and October. [More]

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Hey, How Hard Is It To Remake A Starbucks Drink?

Reddit user Larebearspear had a rotten experience at Starbucks, and shared it with the /r/talesfromretail subreddit. Now, normally the community is for retail workers to share stories from the other side of the counter. But some experiences are so terrible that you just can’t be sympathetic, no matter how many terrible customers you’ve dealt with in your day. That was this trip to Starbucks. [More]

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Starbucks To Buy Teavana For $620 Million, Declines $800 Million Tea Tin Upsell

If you’re not familiar with Teavana, they’re a chain of about 300 mall shops that sell exotic (and expensive) loose-leaf teas, along with pricey tea-holding tins and tea-making accessories. Starbucks, which already owns a tea brand (Tazo) sees something special in Teavana, and has purchased the company for $620 million in cash. [More]

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5 Ridiculously Impossible Customer Requests At Starbucks

Given all the permutations possible with the various coffees, flavorings, milks and whatnot at coffee shops like Starbucks, baristas are asked to create all sorts of odd concoctions. But some things just can’t happen. [More]

Starbucks To Gold Card Customers: Sorry, We're Not Paying For Your Lactose Intolerance Anymore

Starbucks To Gold Card Customers: Sorry, We're Not Paying For Your Lactose Intolerance Anymore

A soy-fueled storm is brewing in the Internets today, as we’ve heard from Consumerist readers who received an email update about changes to their Starbucks Gold Cards. Sure, Starbucks loyalists will now get a free drink or food item after every 12 purchases instead of 15, but if those card-carriers happen to be lactose intolerant or otherwise indisposed toward dairy, they’ll have to start paying for their soy, as well as syrups. [More]

Starbucks Wants To Turn Leftover Coffee & Muffins Into Laundry Detergent, Bio-Plastics

Starbucks Wants To Turn Leftover Coffee & Muffins Into Laundry Detergent, Bio-Plastics

Nobody wants stale old muffins and the coffee ground leavings at day’s end, but instead of just dumping that stuff in a landfill, Starbucks says it’s trying out a new recycling process that would turn said items into bio-plastics and laundry detergent. Wiping up those carbon footprints is always a good thing. [More]

Starbucks Hooks Up With Square & Hands Over $25 Million In Mobile Payment Deal

Starbucks Hooks Up With Square & Hands Over $25 Million In Mobile Payment Deal

Starbucks and Square are totally hooking up and aren’t afraid to let everyone know about it. The sprawling, ubiquitous coffee chain says it’s going to invest $25 million in Square as part of the deal, which will also have Square processing the retailer’s debit and credit card purchases. [More]

Peet’s Coffee Sells To German Conglomerate For Nearly $1 Billion

Peet’s Coffee Sells To German Conglomerate For Nearly $1 Billion

It’s been rumored for quite some time that California-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. was up for sale, and many people have been sipping on their beverages, waiting for the seemingly inevitable announcement that Starbucks would be the buyer. And then comes today’s news that Peet’s has been purchased for $977.6 million, not by Daddy Starbucks, but by German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser. [More]

Funeral Home Hopes A Starbucks Pick-Me-Up Will Provide A Nice Break From That Whole Mourning Thing

Funeral Home Hopes A Starbucks Pick-Me-Up Will Provide A Nice Break From That Whole Mourning Thing

Feeling low over the loss of a loved one? Perhaps a frappucino will go a little way toward easing your pain or least give you the chance to take your mind off things. A funeral home in South Carolina is going to add a new wing called the “Coffee Corner” which will soon welcome a brand new Starbucks. [More]

What’s The Best Way To Handle The “Hold On, I’m On The Phone” Customer?

What’s The Best Way To Handle The “Hold On, I’m On The Phone” Customer?

There is a special type of bad consumer that is the bane of both retail employees and other customers waiting in line — the person who not only blabs away on their phone while waiting in line but also holds things up by refusing to pause their call when they get to the head of the line. So what is the best way to deal with this problem in a way that just won’t slow things down even more? [More]

Starbucks Thinks You Want An Entire Store Of Tazo Tea

Starbucks Thinks You Want An Entire Store Of Tazo Tea

Back when Starbucks bought Tazo tea, it was a way to sell brand-name tea drinks at Starbucks stores and other retail locations. Now the coffee colossus says the little tea leaf that could is ready to headline its own outlet. [More]

Starbucks Order Helps Save Ohio Mug Business

Starbucks Order Helps Save Ohio Mug Business

While huge retail and food service chains are often knocked for having a negative impact on smaller, independent businesses, there are ways in which a mega chain can result in a boon for a little guy. [More]

Starbucks Forgets That Whole Irish Independence Thing, Asks Country About Its British Pride

Starbucks Forgets That Whole Irish Independence Thing, Asks Country About Its British Pride

Even if Starbucks’ Ireland Twitter account only has 2,000 followers, it probably should’ve thought a bit harder before asking those followers how it feels to be British. You know, since Ireland’s a free and independent republic that is most definitely not part of the United Kingdom anymore. [More]

Starbucks & Coinstar Unite To Sell Seattle’s Best Coffee In Kiosks

If you think Starbucks’ penetration into the world of coffee-selling is already at the saturation point, the company would kindly like to disagree with you. It has announced a deal with Coinstar to roll out thousands of automated kiosks that would sell $1 cups of Starbucks’ Seattle’s Best brand of coffee. [More]