Starbucks Employee Asks Woman With Service Dog To Leave Because There’s “No Proof” He’s A Service Animal

Starbucks Employee Asks Woman With Service Dog To Leave Because There’s “No Proof” He’s A Service Animal

Starbucks is once again making headlines for an employee’s reaction to a customer with a service dog. And once again the coffee shop seems to be in the wrong – and apologizing. [More]

People Get Angry When Starbucks Questions Their Age, Deletes Their Gold Accounts

People Get Angry When Starbucks Questions Their Age, Deletes Their Gold Accounts

There are two things that I wouldn’t want to deal with in the morning: explaining that I am not a tween and having someone stand between me and that piping hot cup of joe. For thousands of Starbucks users my morning nightmare scenario came true earlier this week. [More]

400 People Continue Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain For 11 Hours

400 People Continue Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain For 11 Hours

For about 11 hours, the customers of a Florida Starbucks kept a pay-it-forward chain going. Almost 400 cars each paid for the order of the customer behind them in line, continuing the chain from morning rush hour until dinner time. Are these chains inefficient? Sure. Do they brighten the day of both customers and employees? Generally. [More]

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Starbucks To Test Out Coffee Trucks On College Campuses This Fall

Because heaven forbid you need to walk more than 50 feet to find a cup of coffee, Starbucks wants to try to bring its brews just a little bit closer. The coffee colossus has announced it will be dabbling in the food truck business this fall when it rolls out mobile versions of its stores on a trio of college campuses. [More]

The Annual Obligatory Post About The Return Of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Annual Obligatory Post About The Return Of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Perhaps it’s the (thankfully) unseasonable fall-like weather today in these parts, but there is a sense of autumn in the air. Or maybe it’s just that Starbucks has begun the annual ritual of dangling its Pumpkin Spice Lattes in front of everyone’s noses. [More]

(Ben Schumin)

Chain Storefronts With Slight Makeovers Continue To Not Fool Anybody

Last year, we lamented the long hiatus of one of our favorite sites, Not Fooling Anybody, which featured makeovers of former chain storefronts that were, as the name states, not fooling anybody. What we didn’t know was that the site has been revived, in the form of a community on Reddit. Let the yellow-painted Pizza Huts roll! [More]

Coffee Rankings Are Personal, But In Wi-Fi Starbucks Beats McDonald’s And Panera Hands-Down

Coffee Rankings Are Personal, But In Wi-Fi Starbucks Beats McDonald’s And Panera Hands-Down

Heading out for some breakfast and a cup of coffee? Excellent. For quality food and drink, your choices are wide, wide open. But if what you really want is some sweet free Wi-Fi, you may want to skip that chocolate chip bagel from Panera and head across the street to Starbucks for a frappuccino instead. [More]

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

Starbucks Employees Getting Really Tired Of Your Free Drink Record Attempts

We track and post attempts to make the largest possible Starbucks beverage on a single free drink coupon because the “competition” amuses us, and because we report on unusual things that happen in commerce. These record attempts are really unusual because, the online chatter indicates, Starbucks recently reminded their “partners” that Frappuccinos are not to be served by the free vat. [More]

Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Free Starbucks Drink Record Was Set July 4th With 77-Shot $71 Drink

Hey, remember how we reported earlier this week that a new record had been set for the most expensive single Starbucks drink to be paid for with a free drink coupon? Well, we were wrong. Record-seeker Sameera didn’t know it either at the time, but the record had actually been set on July 4th, with a 77-shot concoction costing $71.35. America! [More]

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

$61 Sexagintuple Frap 2.0 Breaks Starbucks Free Drink Record

Sameera planned carefully for her attempt at breaking a world record. She obtained permission from the store where her attempt would take place, and even made sure to alert media outlets ahead of time. She even brought the proper equipment and a support team. What record was she out to break? She sought to make the most expensive single free Starbucks drink of all time. Update: Yeah, about that record… [More]

Here’s What Happens When You Ask A Starbucks Barista To Surprise You

Here’s What Happens When You Ask A Starbucks Barista To Surprise You

You probably can’t visit your local Starbucks and convince them to create a record-breaking $54 beverage in a giant flower vase, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask the people there to blend up a menu-bending creation for you. You’ll have to pay for the privilege of enjoying a Neapolitan Frap or a breakfast shake with an entire blueberry muffin blended into it. [More]

(Ron Dauphin)

Target Asks Shoppers Not To Bring Guns Into Its Stores

Target added its name to the list of companies asking customers not to bring guns into its stores. [More]

Newsstand Barred From Selling Coffee After Starbucks Moves Into Building

Newsstand Barred From Selling Coffee After Starbucks Moves Into Building

If you’re a Starbucks fan, you’d probably be pleased when one of the coffee chain’s stores opens up in your office building. But does the existence of that new java joint mean that no one else in the building should be able to sell hot, caffeinated beverages? [More]

Starbucks Expands Made-To-Order Sodas To Southern United States

Starbucks Expands Made-To-Order Sodas To Southern United States

Does waiting in line at Starbucks seem never-ending? Well, it might be getting worse now that the coffee shop is expanding its made-to-order soda options – essentially giving indecisive customers hundreds more choices to make. [More]

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Starbucks Announces Price Hikes On Drinks & Packaged Coffee Products

Starting next week, you might notice that the price of a cup of joe at Starbucks is a little pricier, and shortly afterward, a bag of coffee at the grocery store might be a bit dearer. The Seattle company says that as the price of arabica beans goes up, so do certain prices for customers beginning June 24. [More]

Starbucks Can’t Fire Pro-Union Worker For Cursing At Manager

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When is it okay to for a Starbucks employee to use profanity within earshot of customers? You might say never, but a National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the coffee colossus was in the wrong for firing a worker for dropping some R-rated words when involved in pro-union protest. [More]

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Starbucks Announces College Plan For Workers Who Want To Earn A Bachelor’s Degree Online

Starbucks announced a new education program for its workers this morning, under which any of its benefit’s eligible workers — from plant workers to baristas — can get either full tuition reimbursement or partial scholarships to complete a bachelor’s degree online through Arizona State University. [More]

Powermats in action.

Starbucks Installing Wireless Charging Stations In Stores Across U.S.

Remember those Powermat things Starbucks was testing back in 2012, where you just set your smartphone down on top of it for a bit and it gets juiced up? After its earlier trial run, Starbucks says the system is ready to roll out to stores across the country. [More]