Bill Binns

Starbucks Still Really, Really Wants You To Come By For Lunch

America, Starbucks really wants to do lunch. You go there for breakfast and for the occasional afternoon caffeine pick-me-up, but where are you at midday, when Starbucks has plenty of sandwiches, bagels, and bistro boxes sitting around that lunch customers aren’t using. How can a place known for coffee convince people to stop by for lunch? [More]

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Starbucks To Add 12,000 Cafes; Use Artificial Intelligence In Ordering App

If you were worried you wouldn’t be able to score your customary morning cup of coffee from Starbucks whilst traipsing around the world, worry not: The coffee giant unveiled plans to add 12,000 more stores globally by 2021. [More]

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Stepping Down To Focus On Upscale Coffee

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Stepping Down To Focus On Upscale Coffee

After eight years as the man behind the morning cup of joe for many millions of coffee drinkers, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided to step aside and let someone else run the coffee colossus. [More]

Louis Abate

Starbucks Raises Prices For Second Time In Four Months

Four months after Starbucks surprised customers by accidentally pushing out its annual price increase two weeks early, the company had another shocker for guests: a second price increase for some drinks and food items.   [More]

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Bong Maker Must Pay Starbucks Nearly $500K Over Copyright Violations For “Dabuccino”

Coffee and bongs: While you might not expect the two things to be related, they are. Or at least, they were in a recent copyright lawsuit that saw coffee giant Starbucks sue the maker of frappuccino-shaped bongs. [More]

Starbucks Planning To Open “Reserve” Coffee Bars In Up To 1,000 Cafes By End Of 2017

Starbucks Planning To Open “Reserve” Coffee Bars In Up To 1,000 Cafes By End Of 2017

It seems Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz has been busy after he tucked himself away to work on the company’s upscale line of Reserve coffee bars: the head honcho says the chain is now planning to open up to 1,000 of those mini cafes within Starbucks cafes by the end of 2017. [More]

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Report: Starbucks Is Now Testing Curbside Pickup

If you’re the kind of person who would rather fall asleep at your desk than venture inside a Starbucks during rush hour, avoiding the crush inside the store could change everything about your morning routine. To that end, the Seattle-based chain is testing curbside pickup.
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Here’s Where To Score National Coffee Day Freebies & Deals On Sept. 29

If caffeine is the music in your ears, the spring in your step, the very blood in your veins, well, tomorrow is your big day: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29, and with it comes a pile of offers from U.S. java joints for free or discounted coffee. We’ve got the goods on where to score your cheap fix in honor of such an important day. [More]

Adam Fagen

More Restaurants Push Order-Ahead Apps, But Customers Worry About Cold Food

From Domino’s emoji ordering, to Starbucks’ cut-the-line-order-ahead app, fast food restaurants around the country are jumping at the chance to get customers to place orders on their phones. For the restaurants it all comes down to sales, but persuading customers to use those apps is harder than one might think, despite the obvious draws: no line, no wait, food ready and waiting.  [More]

Starbucks Dabbling In Original Content With Documentary Series

Starbucks Dabbling In Original Content With Documentary Series

Starbucks is supposed to be the place that “content creators” go to hog table space and spend hours working on that novel/screenplay/memoir that they know is inside them. Apparently the coffee chain has also been bitten by the content-creating bug, as it plans to launch a new online documentary series. [More]

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Starbucks Testing Weekend Brunch Menu, Plates Of Waffles

If you’re a fan of brunch, the most important meal of the weekend, would you consider going to Starbucks for it? The chain really hopes so, and is rolling out a test of brunch food in the Pacific Northwest: waffles and quiches that are available only in the morning and early afternoon on weekends. [More]

Louis Abate

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Accusing Starbucks Of Putting Too Much Ice In Iced Coffee

If you feel like you’re getting too much ice and not enough coffee in your Starbucks iced beverages, well, we’ve got some bad news for you: a judge has ruled the chain hasn’t done anything wrong. [More]

Bottled Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos Will Be Everywhere, Not Just Costco

Bottled Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos Will Be Everywhere, Not Just Costco

Last year, there was exciting news for fans of iced pumpkin spice coffee beverages. Starbucks brought its pumpkin spice brand to pre-packaged chilled beverages, selling its bottled Frappuccino products in pumpkin spice flavor exclusively at Costco. Now, to keep capitalizing on the pumpkin spice mania seizing the nation, Starbucks is bringing the bottled PSF to grocery stores across the country. [More]

Lyft Will Soon Be Selling $20 Gift Cards At Starbucks Stores

Lyft Will Soon Be Selling $20 Gift Cards At Starbucks Stores

In a move that its rivals haven’t tried yet, Lyft says it will start selling gift cards in a new partnership with Starbucks. [More]

Starbucks Will Start Offering Almond Milk In U.S. Stores Next Month

Starbucks Will Start Offering Almond Milk In U.S. Stores Next Month

There will be another dairy-free alternative for Starbucks customers come September: alongside soy and coconut milk, the chain will be offering almond milk as part of its milk lineup. [More]

Starbucks Recalling 2.5M Stainless Steel Straws Because They’re Cutting Kids’ Mouths

Starbucks Recalling 2.5M Stainless Steel Straws Because They’re Cutting Kids’ Mouths

While it might be refreshing to drink a refreshing cold beverage delivered by an equally cold metal straw, it’s much less enjoyable when that straw becomes a stabby thing that can cut your mouth. [More]

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Starbucks Denies Reports That It’s Slashing Hours Chain-Wide

While Starbucks announced planned raises for employees and a loosened dress code, those changes came in the middle of rampant chain-wide unhappiness among baristas. More pay per hour doesn’t help if you can’t actually get scheduled to work, and employees complain that hours have been cut at the stores where they work. [More]

Cold Brew Craze Continues: Starbucks Selling Pitcher Packs To Make It At Home

Cold Brew Craze Continues: Starbucks Selling Pitcher Packs To Make It At Home

Starbucks’ love affair with cold brew coffee doesn’t appear to be slowing down. In addition to selling a traditional version of the cold beverage – along with a nitro version – at stores and bottles of the drink at retail partners like Target, the company is now providing customers with the option of making the beverage at home with new pitcher packs.  [More]