Readers Share Secrets Of The Starbucks ‘Undertow,’ Or Whatever They Call It

Readers Share Secrets Of The Starbucks ‘Undertow,’ Or Whatever They Call It

Earlier this week, we sent one of our editors on a mission: to find out whether something billed as a Starbucks secret menu item exists at all the chain’s stores. The short answer: no, but if you describe the drink, any store will make you one, even though they’re kind of a pain and usually reserved for special occasions. [More]

Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Good morning! It’s time to stumble to your kitchen and make something caffeinated to aim at your mouth. One handy way to do that when you’re especially sleepy is to buy pre-mixed iced coffee or espresso and milk drinks at a grocery or discount store. Only Starbucks, a popular maker of those drinks, has shrink rayed an entire serving out of their iced espresso drinks. [More]

Starbucks Transitioning Three Teavana Tea Bars To Coffee Shops, Closing Another

When you think of Starbucks, you probably picture a cup of coffee, but the chain also operates several similar tea shops. Or at least it did. Starbucks announced Friday that it would transition three Teavana tea bars in New York into coffee shops and close a fourth location in California. The Teavana bar in Seattle, as well as 350 retail-only stores will remain open. Starbucks purchased the Teavana brand in 2012. [Starbucks]

Starbucks, Spotify Team Up To Let Users Take The Sounds Of The Coffee Shop On The Go

Starbucks, Spotify Team Up To Let Users Take The Sounds Of The Coffee Shop On The Go

Have you ever walked into a Starbucks for your daily caffeine fix, heard the music playing and thought to yourself, “Man, this is my jam, I wish I had this on my playlist.” No? Well, okay, but just in case this ever does happen, you’ll be covered, as the coffee giant has partnered with Spotify to allow customers to take more than just java home with them.  [More]

Starbucks Adds Latte Macchiato To Permanent Menu — So… What The Heck Is A Latte Macchiato?

Starbucks Adds Latte Macchiato To Permanent Menu — So… What The Heck Is A Latte Macchiato?

Every now and then, Starbucks adds a new drink to its permanent menu and customers get all frothed up over it. But sometimes there’s a ton of buzz over something, and we’re left wondering if we even understand what everyone is so excited about. Case in point: Starbucks has announced it’s adding a Latte Macchiato to the menu Jan. 5. Okay, fine, but what exactly is a latte macchiato? [More]

Starbucks Again Offering The Chance To Win Free Coffee Every Day For Life (Which Really Means 30 Years)

Starbucks Again Offering The Chance To Win Free Coffee Every Day For Life (Which Really Means 30 Years)

If you weren’t one of the lucky 14 customers to win free Starbucks for life (psych! it’s really one free drink and food item each day for 30 years) last year, then you have a shot at redemption, as the coffee giant is once again unleashing its “Starbucks for Life” sweepstakes.  [More]

Starbucks Starts Delivery Test In Seattle, Charges A $6 Fee For One Cup Of Coffee

Starbucks Starts Delivery Test In Seattle, Charges A $6 Fee For One Cup Of Coffee

Nearly two months after Starbucks launched a test of its “Green Apron Delivery” concept at the Empire State Building, the coffee giant’s drinks have hit the streets of select Seattle neighborhoods. While the service could no doubt be a welcome convenience for some, the added fee creates a bit of sticker shock.  [More]

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Celery Supplier Linked To Costco Chicken Salad E. Coli Outbreak Issues Recalls Affecting 13 More Retailers

The E. Coli outbreak linked to a rotisserie chicken salad sold by Costco that’s sickened 19 customers in seven states has been traced back to a single ingredient: celery that comes from a supplier in California. That farm has now issued a recall for a slew of products that could contain tainted celery sold at 13 additional retailers across the country. [More]

Starbucks Expands Tuition Program To Cover Spouses & Kids Of Military Employees

Starbucks Expands Tuition Program To Cover Spouses & Kids Of Military Employees

Since announcing a tuition reimbursement program for its workers in June 2014 – and an expansion to cover four years of schooling – Starbucks has sent more than 4,000 employees on a path toward an online bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Now, the company plans to expand the offering once again: covering the full tuition for a spouse or child of a veteran or active-duty servicemember working for the mega-coffee chain.  [More]

Discrimination Lawsuit: Starbucks Fired Deaf Worker Who Asked For Sign Language Interpreters

Discrimination Lawsuit: Starbucks Fired Deaf Worker Who Asked For Sign Language Interpreters

An Arizona woman who worked as a Starbucks barista for seven years has filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly discriminating against her because she’s deaf. She claims she repeatedly asked for reasonable accommodations to help her on the job and was repeatedly denied, and that she was finally fired because of her disability. [More]

A friendly interaction with no camera intermediary. (Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

Starbucks Will Add Live Barista Video To 2,400 Drive-Thrus

When shouting your order into a personality-free loudspeaker at Starbucks, do you ever wish that you could make eye contact with the barista? The chain will be adding video screens to drive-thru lanes after successfully experimenting with the idea in Seattle. The screen will have a selection of menu items in addition to the potentially cheerful face of the person taking your order. [More]

Starbucks Launches “Green Apron Delivery” Pilot At Empire State Building

Starbucks Launches “Green Apron Delivery” Pilot At Empire State Building

After months of will-they-won’t-they, Starbucks has officially begun tests of what it’s called the most-asked-for service: coffee delivery. About 12,000 coffee-lovers in Manhattan’s Empire State Building will have the opportunity to have cups of java dropped off at their workplace with the launch of a pilot program called Green Apron Delivery. [More]

Starbucks, KFC, Chili’s, And Delta Start Accepting Apple Pay For Almost No One To Use

Starbucks, KFC, Chili’s, And Delta Start Accepting Apple Pay For Almost No One To Use

Mobile wallets still aren’t catching on with Americans, even a year after the introduction of Apple Pay and a month after the introduction of Android Pay. There are hundreds of millions of capable phones in consumers’ purses and pockets, so it’s not due to technical restraints. Maybe the answer is to make the system available in more stores? Yesterday, an Apple executive announced that three more large chains will accept their payment system. [More]

Starbucks Shrinks Redemption Time For Birthday Reward To 4 Days

Starbucks Shrinks Redemption Time For Birthday Reward To 4 Days

It’s lots of fun to spend your birthday scooping up your favorite rewards from restaurants and stores, and some are even kind enough to give you a longer deadline to redeem them. Watch out, though: as of the end of September, Starbucks shrank the redemption window from one week around your birthday to just four days. [More]

We Should All Be So Lucky To Have A Friend Who’ll Buy You A Coffee From Thousands Of Miles Away

We Should All Be So Lucky To Have A Friend Who’ll Buy You A Coffee From Thousands Of Miles Away

Times used to be, if you wanted to let a friend living thousands of miles away know you were thinking about them, you’d have to write a letter, give it to a guy on a pony who’d race away with it into the sunset and then wait for days or weeks for the mailman to bring their response. At least I think that’s how mail used to work. But now, you can just order up a coffee for your buddy and let them know they’ve got a free pick-me-up waiting for them to pick it up. [More]

Starbucks Faces Another Lawsuit Over Drinks Tainted With Chemicals

Starbucks Faces Another Lawsuit Over Drinks Tainted With Chemicals

For the second time in three months, Starbucks has been accused in a lawsuit of serving up a drink with some unwanted extra ingredients. This time,  a customer says she suffered months of medical problems after Starbucks sold her a hot chocolate containing industrial-strength cleaner — and that the coffee giant offered her a free drink as an apology. [More]

Starbucks Debuts Toasted Graham Latte, The Chain’s First New Fall Flavor In Four Years

Starbucks Debuts Toasted Graham Latte, The Chain’s First New Fall Flavor In Four Years

Because there are only so many pumpkin spice lattes a person can handle, Starbucks has decided to mix up its autumnal menu a bit with its first new fall flavor in four years: the Toasted Graham Latte is available at the chain’s locations in the U.S. and Canada as of today. [More]

Starbucks Mobile Ordering App Is Now Available To All Coffee Lovers

Just weeks after Starbucks said it would roll out its mobile ordering feature to all U.S. stores by the end of the month, the coffee chain made good on its promise, extending the feature – on both iOS and Android devices – nationwide on Tuesday. The coffee chain had previously anticipated mobile ordering would be ready by the end of the year. Executives for the company said that the service was so popular – allowing coffee drinkers to skip long lines as they order and pay for their beverages with their mobile devices – that the company sped up implementation. [The Seattle Times]