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]

Starbucks Hikes Prices By About 1 Percent In Certain Parts Of U.S.

Starbucks Hikes Prices By About 1 Percent In Certain Parts Of U.S.

If you live in the Northeast or the Sunbelt, expect to be doling out just a little bit more for your Starbucks double-shot-no-whip-extra-foam-vanilla latte, as the company is raising prices in those areas by about 1 percent. [More]

Small New Hampshire Coffee Roaster Wins Legal Victory Over "Charbucks" Name

Small New Hampshire Coffee Roaster Wins Legal Victory Over "Charbucks" Name

Since August of 1997, the folks at the Black Bear Mico Roastery in New Hampshire have been slinging pebbles at coffee colossus Starbucks over the smaller company’s “Charbucks” blend. And in spite of court rulings in favor of the little guy, Daddy Starbucks has continued to fight. But last week, a U.S. District Court in New York may have shut the door on the Seattle java slinger’s attempts to rid the world of Charbucks. [More]

Gun Accidentally Fires From Inside Girl's Purse At Wyoming Starbucks

Gun Accidentally Fires From Inside Girl's Purse At Wyoming Starbucks

If there’s ever a really great time to make sure your gun’s safety is on, it’s when you’re carrying it in your purse while ordering a super non skinnyfat with extra whip peppermint mocha or whatever at Starbucks. A girl in Wyoming who doesn’t really get firearms was packing a small gun that accidentally went off while she was stopping for her caffeine fix. [More]

Oklahoma Couple Enjoys Dream Wedding At Starbucks

Oklahoma Couple Enjoys Dream Wedding At Starbucks

In a scene that could be straight out of Best In Show, a couple whose romanced blossomed over cups of Starbucks’ pricey caffeine decided that the java joint was the perfect place to bind themselves together for eternity. [More]

Buy A Frappuccino With Food Stamps At Oregon Starbucks In Grocery Stores

Buy A Frappuccino With Food Stamps At Oregon Starbucks In Grocery Stores

While food stamp programs may vary from state to state, it would seem logical to restrict usage of those stamps to actual food items. Not so in the case of Starbucks located inside grocery stores in Oregon, where you can use stamps to purchase cold beverages like a Frappuccino. [More]

Consumer Advocates To Starbucks: Change Your Terms Of Service On Gift Cards

Consumer Advocates To Starbucks: Change Your Terms Of Service On Gift Cards

Who reads the terms of service on gift cards? Maybe not everyone, but four consumer advocacy groups have your back and are petitioning Starbucks to remove certain provisions in time for the holiday season. [More]

New York City Starbucks Bathroom Lockout Ends Unceremoniously

New York City Starbucks Bathroom Lockout Ends Unceremoniously

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. But in New York City, where public restrooms are at a minimum, the only place to go is usually a Starbucks. Since not everyone cares about cleanliness, that results in a dirty job for baristas. Some of those employees staged a mini revolt last week, locking customers out of bathrooms and adding “Employees Only” signs. [More]

Starbucks Busted For Hidden Fee On Bagged Coffee

Starbucks Busted For Hidden Fee On Bagged Coffee

See that bag of coffee grounds at Starbucks that’s listed at $12/pound? Well, if you buy less than a pound, there’s a fee of $1.50 that isn’t mentioned anywhere in the store and doesn’t show up as a fee on the receipt. But now, after being busted by authorities in Massachusetts, the java giant has decided to stop charging the fee. [More]

Starbucks To Get Into The Juice Bar Business

Starbucks To Get Into The Juice Bar Business

Tired of selling someone else’s juice, Starbucks has not only purchased a juice company, but also plans to branch out into a separate retail juice business. [More]