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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]

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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]

Group Petitions Target To Ban Guns Following Open-Carry Demonstrations

Group Petitions Target To Ban Guns Following Open-Carry Demonstrations

A petition to ban guns at Target stores has garnered thousands of signatures after recent open-carry demonstrations at the retail stores. [More]

On Day 5, The Sexagintuple Frappuccino Is Finally Gone

On Day 5, The Sexagintuple Frappuccino Is Finally Gone

On Saturday, a man walked into a Starbucks store in Texas with a vase and created a legend. Technically, he asked the baristas to create a legend, or at least something that everyone on the Internet wouldn’t stop typing about for three days. Last night, he finally drained the last of the Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino. [More]

Starbucks Debuting Real (Open Kind Of Late) Restaurant In Los Angeles Next Month

Starbucks Debuting Real (Open Kind Of Late) Restaurant In Los Angeles Next Month

If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ limited food options, then you might be excited to hear the coffee-chain is opening an actual restaurant, complete with omelets and a croissant burger, next month in Los Angeles. [More]

New Starbucks Free Drink Record Set With $54 Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino

New Starbucks Free Drink Record Set With $54 Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino

What did you accomplish this weekend? Maybe you opened your pool, planted a garden, or took care of some pesky errands. Not Andrew. Andrew set what is, as far as we can determine, a world record for the most expensive drink possible at Starbucks. Tamping down the previous known record at $47.30 is the Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino at $54.75. [More]

Response To Chipotle’s “Please Don’t Bring Guns” Statement Is Predictably Divided

Response To Chipotle’s “Please Don’t Bring Guns” Statement Is Predictably Divided

Another chain eatery has put itself in the middle of the debate over gun rights after Chipotle announced yesterday that it would rather its customers didn’t bring firearms into their stores. Not surprisingly, the response to this decision has resulted in praise and condemnation, with little in between. [More]

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Starbucks: Our Ads With Men Named Duncan Came Before Taco Bell’s Ronald McDonald Spots

Perhaps you had a good chuckle over those Taco Bell ads starring men named Ronald McDonald where the gag is — can you believe this? — they actually prefer the Bell’s new breakfast over McDonald’s. It’s funny because of their names. And while some are calling Starbucks a copycat for its Seattle’s Best Coffee spots with testimonials from men named Duncan pledging their love (because Dunkin’ Donuts!), the company is stressing that its ads came first. [More]

Starbucks Customer Claims Barista Gave Her Satanic Latte Art

Starbucks Customer Claims Barista Gave Her Satanic Latte Art

Usually, it adds extra cheer to your day when the person who made your coffee beverage adds a decorative flourish to the cup, whether it’s traditional latte foam art or a pretty caramel drizzle. One Starbucks customer in Louisiana says that a barista served up two beverages adorned with a pentagram and the number 666 in caramel syrup. [More]

Starbucks Listens To Customers, Brings Back Some Less-Fancy Baked Goods

Starbucks Listens To Customers, Brings Back Some Less-Fancy Baked Goods

Have the pastry offerings at your local Starbucks gotten too fancy-pantsy for you in recent years? Do you miss having a slice of lemon cake with your coffee? Apparently you’re not alone, as the coffee colossus has heeded the call of complaining customers and decided to bring back foods that had been deemed not sexy enough by the chain. [More]

Starbucks Vanilla Lemon Latte Exists (In Japan), Looks Delicious

In case you aren’t already huffy that you most likely can’t buy booze at your local Starbucks yet, here’s another thing to be sad you can’t have: white chocolate lemon lattes. A “Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl,” to be exact. Alas, now we’ll never know how well sweetened lemon topping and coffee go together. [Brand Eating]

Booze Coming To Thousands Of Starbucks Locations, Eventually

Booze Coming To Thousands Of Starbucks Locations, Eventually

After a few years of testing and slowly expanding the number of Starbucks shops that serve alcohol, the coffee colossus says it will be going wide with that evening menu of adult snacks and drinks. But don’t expect it to happen overnight. [More]

Miss Oprah? Get Your Fill With Teavana Oprah Chai Tea At Starbucks Next Month

Miss Oprah? Get Your Fill With Teavana Oprah Chai Tea At Starbucks Next Month

Has there been a void in your life since Oprah Winfrey ended her talk show three years ago? Well, Starbucks aims to fill that hole with a new product – Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. Yes, that’s right, Oprah is once again sharing one of her favorite things with the entire country…in tea form. [More]

Starbucks Offers Vegetable Muffin Or Mini-Quiche In Hong Kong

Starbucks Offers Vegetable Muffin Or Mini-Quiche In Hong Kong

We consider it our duty to keep you updated about the finest and most exciting international fast food available, like Marmite pizza and apple burgers. We’re not so sure that this new pastry offering from Starbucks in Hong Kong will have Americans longing to buy plane tickets, though. It features…vegetables? [More]

Starbucks Will No Longer Be Keurig’s Exclusive Super-Premium Coffee Brand

Starbucks Will No Longer Be Keurig’s Exclusive Super-Premium Coffee Brand

For the last five years, Starbucks has paraded itself around as the one and only super-premium coffee brand offered as a single-serving Keurig cup. But now the coffee chain and Green Mountain have decided not to go steady any more, in favor of opening up the field to other coffee brands.  [More]

Would Pre-Ordering Your Starbucks Be Convenient Or Just Make People Hate You?

Would Pre-Ordering Your Starbucks Be Convenient Or Just Make People Hate You?

We’re a society largely based on convenience, and quick service is alway welcomed, right? And many of us make a daily trip to Starbucks, without which we’d be unable to function. Starbucks customers tired of waiting in line for their caffeine fix would understandably be excited to hear about Starbucks’ plan to introduce mobile pre-ordering, but is it a holy grail or a Pandora’s box? [More]