Starbucks Takes Its Booze, Small Plates Menu To Two Dozen More Stores

Starbucks Takes Its Booze, Small Plates Menu To Two Dozen More Stores

Over the past several years, Starbucks has toyed with the idea of offering customers beverages with a bit more bitetesting an evening menu with booze and more substantial food than its typical bakery fare. Now, the company appears to be taking the plunge, announcing an expansion of its Evenings menu, which includes wine, craft beer and savory small plates. [More]

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Police: Man Punched Through Window Of Starbucks And Fell Inside, Injuring Two Customers

A coffee break turned dangerous for customers at a Houston Starbucks, when a man punched his way through a window from the outside, shattering it. Police say he then fell through it, injuring himself and two customers who were sitting inside at a table near the window. [More]

Woman Sues Starbucks For $2 Million Over Drink Allegedly Tainted With Chemicals

Woman Sues Starbucks For $2 Million Over Drink Allegedly Tainted With Chemicals

A Utah woman has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Starbucks and several employees claiming she was given a drink that contained a cleaning solution. [More]

Starbucks Teams Up With Lyft To Give Drivers, Riders Extra Points Through Its Rewards Program

Starbucks Teams Up With Lyft To Give Drivers, Riders Extra Points Through Its Rewards Program

Take a Lyft, earn a free cup of coffee? Well, something like that anyway. Starbucks and ride-sharing service Lyft teamed up on Wednesday to unveil a new arrangement that gives customers – and drivers – of the car service extra perks through the coffee chain’s loyalty program. [More]

A coalition of companies - led by Starbucks - have vowed to put nearly 100,000 consumers ages 16 to 24 to work over the next three years.

Starbucks, 17 Other Companies Partner To Provide “Opportunity Youth” With Jobs, Internships

Teaching young adults responsibility — and showing them that responsibility can have financial benefits — pays off in the long run by cultivating a solid work ethic. That’s the thinking behind a new multi-company initiative spearheaded by Starbucks. [More]

Will your drink come in a mason jar? Probably not.

Starbucks Takes Cold-Brewed Coffee Nationwide

Coffee fans and snobs, rejoice: For those people who prefer their coffee to start cold and stay cold, Starbucks is expanding the availability of its cold-brewed java to all stores nationwide, after testing the stuff in limited quantities in some locations this past spring. [More]

Starbucks Increases Prices $0.05 To $0.20 For Many Drinks… Again

Starbucks Increases Prices $0.05 To $0.20 For Many Drinks… Again

Does your wallet feel a bit lighter after paying for your morning cup of Starbucks coffee? It just might (unless, of course, you used the company’s order-ahead mobile app or any other form of payment besides cash), and that’s because the coffee chain has once again raised its prices for many drinks. [More]

Artist Accuses Starbucks Of Copyright Infringement For Using Her Work

Artist Accuses Starbucks Of Copyright Infringement For Using Her Work

You may have noticed Starbucks’ new brightly colorful ads touting the deliciousness that is the frappuccino. While the new promotions are definitely easy on the eyes, a Brooklyn artist is calling foul, saying the company ripped off her work. [More]

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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]

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering To 3,400 More Stores In 21 States

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering To 3,400 More Stores In 21 States

Three months after Starbucks began allowing residents in the Pacific Northwest to order and pay for their java without any (or hardly any) human contact, the coffee chain plans to take its mobile ordering service across the country by expanding to 21 states. [More]

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Deep-Fried Starbucks Coffee Joins List Of Ridiculous Food You Can Find At The Fair

If you thought the world couldn’t possibly cough up yet another deep-fried food oddity, you were wrong and you’ll probably be wrong again if you think people will ever stop chucking things into hot oil. The deep-fried trend is especially prevalent at fairs and festivals, with this year’s nominee for freakish fare showing up at the San Diego County Fair to much ado: Deep-fried Starbucks coffee. [More]

Left to right: Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake and Red Velvet.

Starbucks Unleashing Six New Frappuccino Flavors Loaded With Sweet Stuff

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of my teeth cringing at the thought of icy cold, sugary drinks assaulting my insides in a frenzy of sweet syrups. Starbucks is on a sugar high, unveiling six new frappuccino flavors debuting this summer in a line it calls “Fan Flavors.” [More]

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Starbucks & Spotify Team Up In Streaming Music Deal

Just two months after Starbucks stopped selling CDs in its stores, the coffee chain says it’s going to be filling customers’ ears with music another way, announcing a streaming partnership with Spotify that will let customers have a say in what’s being played. [More]

Starbucks Is Really Sorry That This Employee Flipped Out On Customer (And That It Was Caught On Video)

Starbucks Is Really Sorry That This Employee Flipped Out On Customer (And That It Was Caught On Video)

There’s a widely held misconception that customer service used to be perfect “back when,” and every retail transaction was straight out of a 1960s sitcom. The fact is that customers and store employees have been going at each other since the first paleolithic entrepreneur tried to upsell his neighbor on a thrashing stick to go with his bludgeoning stone. But now we all get to see and hear about these retail rows and foodservice fisticuffs — and companies are often compelled to apologize for them — thanks to social media. [More]

Starbucks Introduces The “Mini Frappuccino” For When Tall Is Just Too Tall

Starbucks Introduces The “Mini Frappuccino” For When Tall Is Just Too Tall

There are times, certainly, when you’re craving a bit of sugary indulgence. But for those occasions when a small isn’t small enough (or a tall is too tall?) Starbucks is introducing a “Mini Frappuccino” for a limited time. [More]

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]

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Starbucks Sales Are Up Because People Are Willing To Spend More On Pricy Menu Items

In the bid to part customers with their hard-earned cash, Starbucks is raking in the cash these days partly because people are willing to spend money on new, pricier menu items. As it turns out, hiking the price of a croissant is something we’re willing to deal with. [More]

Starbucks Wants You To Buy Mom A $200 Gift Card Worth $50 Because It’s Your Mom

Starbucks Wants You To Buy Mom A $200 Gift Card Worth $50 Because It’s Your Mom

If you missed your chance to buy Starbucks’ $200 silver keychain that acted as a $50 gift card during the 2014 holiday season, you have another shot at stainless steel glory. [More]