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]

Court Sides With Starbucks In Dispute Over Labor Union Pins

Court Sides With Starbucks In Dispute Over Labor Union Pins

You won’t be seeing Starbucks baristas sporting aprons covered in Industrial Workers of the World pins anytime in the near future, after a U.S. appeals court ruled today that the coffee company is within its rights to stop employees from wearing too much of the pro-union flare. [More]

How Starbucks Trained Us All To Use Its Lingo, And Why It Improved Customer Service

How Starbucks Trained Us All To Use Its Lingo, And Why It Improved Customer Service

While some people balk at having to ask for a “tall” or a “venti” when they go to Starbucks, most people have learned that the fastest way to satisfy their caffeine cravings is to use the company’s particular lingo and keep the line moving. This, says one leadership expert, is not a coincidence. [More]

Starbucks & Disney Form Overly Cheerful, Caffeinated Alliance

Starbucks & Disney Form Overly Cheerful, Caffeinated Alliance

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum — and also a grande nonfat caramel macchiato with extra whip, please. A new joint venture between Starbucks and Disney means visitors to the theme parks will be able to get their caffeine fix in cafes designed to blend in with their surroundings. [More]

Starbucks Stops Using Bug Extract In Products

Starbucks Stops Using Bug Extract In Products

Cochineal extract has the vague name one would come to expect from a food ingredient. And for years, it’s been used as a food coloring option for people looking to get a nice red hue in their edible items. But what some folks don’t know is the “cochineal” in cochineal extract is a tiny insect that is pulverized to make the red dye. [More]

Starbucks Can't Serve Me Coffee Unless They Misspell My Name First

Starbucks Can't Serve Me Coffee Unless They Misspell My Name First

Some people would say that Carrie is making a big deal out of nothing. That she is being unnecessarily difficult on principle regarding something that isn’t all that important. Well, of course. This is The Consumerist. That’s our thing! Carrie’s battle was against Starbucks, and she fought against employees’ insistence that she give them her name with her order so they can misspell it on her cup. She declined, which threw the employees’ entire worldview into chaos. [More]

Anarchists Deliver A Message With Metal Pipes On A New York Starbucks

Anarchists Deliver A Message With Metal Pipes On A New York Starbucks

Burned coffee gets my duff up, too — but taking out your rage using metal pipes on a Starbucks? That’s just impolite. Cops say pipe-wielding protestors and so-called anarchists had at it on a Starbucks in New York city’s East Village Saturday night, in an attempt to shatter the store’s floor-to-ceiling windows. [More]

Starbucks Is Trying Really Hard To Fit In With The Cool European Kids

Starbucks Is Trying Really Hard To Fit In With The Cool European Kids

Now that Americans basically use Starbucks as a public restroom where you can also buy burned tasting coffee, it seems the mega chain is trying its best to impress our cool kindred across the pond. They’re spending millions in a new campaign to convince the Europeans that they aren’t just “impersonal,” “mediocre” and “expensive” coffee. [More]

Strawberry Frappuccinos No Longer Vegan, Contain Ground-Up Bugs

Strawberry Frappuccinos No Longer Vegan, Contain Ground-Up Bugs

A few years ago, we happily passed on the news that a change in Starbucks Frappuccino flavors meant that you could get some flavors in a vegan formulation. But now, if you’re a Frappuccino lover who eschews eating animals, you’ll have to stay away from the strawberry variety from here out. The good news is that the newest base doesn’t contain artificial red food dye. The bad news is that’s because it’s been replaced with cochineal extract, a dye made from dried, ground-up insects. [More]

Starbucks Wants To Turn Your Dial To 11 With New Energy Drinks

Starbucks Wants To Turn Your Dial To 11 With New Energy Drinks

Just in case you’re not getting enough energy from Starbucks’ actual coffee or espresso drink, the company has a new offering in the pipeline to give customers the jolt they crave. In April, the omnipresent chain will introduce Refreshers at retail locations nationwide, as well as convenience and grocery stores. [More]

Starbucks Expands Its Horizons With New Evolution Fresh Juice Store

Starbucks Expands Its Horizons With New Evolution Fresh Juice Store

Starbucks has made a name for itself, to say the least, with all things coffee, so now it seems they’ve decided to move beyond their bread and butter (or scones and coffee, as it were) and have opened their first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store today. [More]

The First Ski-Thru Starbucks Keeps Snow Bunnies & Bums Caffeinated On The Slopes

How many times have you been shooting down a ski slope, totally shredding some awesome powder (if that’s a thing?) and thought, “Man, I could really go for a latte right about now”? Enough people have felt that way, apparently, as Starbucks has opened its first ski-thru location. [More]

5 "Secret" Starbucks Drinks You Won't Find On The Menu

If you’re a Starbucks regular, you’re probably familiar with its secret menu filled with unorthodox combinations of ingredients and mutations of common drinks. You can either glean the knowledge of the menu’s contents by working there or spending an extensive amount of time hanging out at Starbucks, or go the easy route just read about it online. [More]

Starbucks Moves Forward With Extended Boozy Menu Hitting More Locations

Starbucks Moves Forward With Extended Boozy Menu Hitting More Locations

While it seems a Starbucks sprang up on every corner and in every mall at the rate of one new location per second, it’s taking a little bit longer for their extended menu, including alcohol, to reach the nation. After testing it at Seattle locations and in Portland, Ore., the chain is finally ready to branch out to a few more locations. [More]

Average American Worker Spends Nearly $1,100/Year On Coffee

Average American Worker Spends Nearly $1,100/Year On Coffee

Some say that coffee is the fuel that keeps the American workforce moving forward. And it’s a fuel that comes with a hefty price tag, as a new study shows that the average member of the American workforce spends almost as much on coffee every year as they do on commuting to and from their job. [More]

Starbucks Thinks You Might Prefer Blondes, Debuts New Lighter Roast

Starbucks Thinks You Might Prefer Blondes, Debuts New Lighter Roast

Apparently Starbucks has had enough of people telling it to just “lighten up, man,” as they’ve announced they’re debuting a “Blonde Roast” brewed coffee in all their U.S. stores. It’s being called “mellow and approachable,” as opposed to the other darker, high-strung and standoffish roasts. [More]