Vanilla and Lace

The Big Chill: Cold Coffee Is The Cool Kid On The Block Now

When the temperature rises, the last thing many people want is a hot beverage. Iced coffee drinks aren’t a new thing , of course, but they certainly are the cool thing going on right now in that world. [More]

Starbucks Brings Back Mini Frappuccino For Mini Summer Refreshment

For people who want a cool blast of summer refreshment without a massive blast of calories, Starbucks is bringing back its blended Frappuccino drinks in mini sizes, which are two ounces smaller than the company’s normal smallest drink size. The drinks are at most $0.30 cheaper than the “tall” size, and are available in all of the same flavors as normal-sized Frappuccinos. The promotion starts today, and Starbucks didn’t provide an end date for 2016 yet. [Starbucks]

Louis Abate

Lawsuit Claims Starbucks Is Putting Too Much Ice In Iced Beverages

For some caffeine lovers, there’s nothing more refreshing than adding some ice to a cup of coffee or tea to bring the temperature down and the energy levels up. Balance is important — too much ice and not enough coffee can result in a weak drink. According to a new lawsuit, Starbucks baristas have been upsetting that balance by allegedly adding too much ice to cold coffee drinks, and skimping on the liquid. [More]

Ko Fujimura

Starbucks Isn’t Seeing “Any Of The Noise” Expected Over Rewards Program Overhaul

Despite the backlash from some customers over the recent changes in Starbucks’ My Rewards loyalty program, the company says the overhaul is going quite well, and that it hasn’t heard anything particularly worrisome. Well, not yet, at least. [More]

Boss Meg

How Does JetBlue’s New Employee College Tuition Program Compare To Others?

Just like a 401k, health insurance, and other benefits, more and more companies are offering to pay for employees’ college education — or at least part of it — as a way to keep them on the payroll. Joining the increasingly growing list that includes Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Anthem Insurance, and Fiat Chrysler, JetBlue announced today that it would offer crewmembers a program to obtain a college degree.  [More]

Molly

Reminder: You Should Opt Out Of Starbucks Card Mandatory Arbitration Now. Here’s How

This week, the new terms and conditions for Starbucks cards — the gift and stored-value cards that you can use to rack up rewards in their newly revamped reward program — went into effect. That means existing users have until May 12 to opt out of the chain’s normal requirement that card users waive their right to sue the company. [More]

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Starbucks Gives Up Quest For San Francisco Liquor License (For Now)

For a few years now, Starbucks has been rolling out a plan to make some of its stores a more festive place to gather in the evening, which serve beer and wine. In San Francisco, the company applied for three licenses, and the city didn’t want to approve them, citing how many businesses with liquor license the city already has, and not wanting to set a precedent for approving booze in chain eateries. [More]

Starbucks’ New Rewards Program Starts Today

Starbucks’ New Rewards Program Starts Today

Today is the day. The day that Starbucks rolls out its new rewards program which bases loyalty points on how much customers spend, not on the frequency of purchases.  [More]

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Starbucks Apologizes For “Diabetes Here I Come” Message On Customer’s Cup

It’s one thing when Starbucks staffers mess up your name — hello, I’m “Marky Beth” — but getting a rude message is an entirely other matter. The Seattle coffee chain has apologized for one such incident, in which a customer received his grande white mocha with the words “Diabetes here I come” written on the cup. [More]

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Goat On The Loose Stops For A Snack At Starbucks

It’s all good and great if you’re in need of a caffeine fix and you happen to possess hands and a human voice for ordering food and beverages, but despite having neither of those things, a goat in California managed to break free from her home and make her way to her local Starbucks in search of a snack. [More]

Travelin' Librarian

New Microsoft Office Starbucks Extension Lets You Schedule Coffee Meetings, Buy Gift Cards

The technological powers that be understand that people often don’t want to click around in more apps or programs than they have to. In a move meant for caffeine lovers on the job, one of Microsoft’s newest add-ins for its Office programs lets Starbucks customers do things like schedule meetings at the local coffee shop and buy gift cards for the store as well from within Outlook. [More]

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Starbucks Launching Pumpkin Spice K-Cups

We’re still months away from peak pumpkin spice season, but that’s not stopping one of the most well-known pumpkin-flavor peddlers from starting to tease its fall strategy. Starbucks says it’ll launch a new “Pumpkin Spice Caffè Latte” K-Cup this fall.  [More]

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Starbucks Launching Prepaid Card That Lets Rewards Members Earn Loyalty Points

In a bid to lure more people to sign up for its loyalty program, Starbucks is launching a prepaid debit card soon that will let users rack up rewards “stars.” [More]

Bill Binns

Starbucks Announces Plans To Donate All Edible Unsold Food

In the last few years, Starbucks has significantly expanded its repertoire of breakfast and lunch foods other than pastries. What it hasn’t been able to do is figure out a consistent way to donate all of those salads and sandwiches so that they don’t go to waste. Founder and CEO Howard Schultz announced today in an interview that this is going to change. [More]

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Starbucks Customers Suing Over Allegedly Skimpy Latte Servings

It can be tough when you don’t get enough coffee in the morning — you’re tired and cranky all day, your coworkers hide from your scorching gaze, etc. — and you have no one to blame but yourself for not getting more caffeine. Some Starbucks customers are blaming their lack of coffee on the company, claiming in a class action lawsuit that the chain consistently underfills its lattes. [More]

Starbucks Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffin Recalled For Listeria Concerns

Starbucks Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffin Recalled For Listeria Concerns

A company that makes Starbucks’ pre-packaged Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar Cheese on English Muffin has issued a recalled for the breakfast sandwich over concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria. [More]

You Will No Longer Need To Go To Seattle To Resolve A Starbucks Card Dispute

The current terms of the Starbucks Card agreement say that Starbucks can force customers to travel to Seattle to have their disputes resolved.

As things stand now, if you have a legal dispute with Starbucks about your Starbucks Card, the coffee company could force you to travel to Seattle to resolve the matter — not in court, but through the shadowy, unfair process of binding arbitration. However, Starbucks is about to adopt new policies to be more flexible about the location, and give you 30 days to opt out of signing your rights away. [More]

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Starbucks Confirms: Loyalty Rewards Members Will Now Earn Points For Every Dollar Spent

Confirming what we reported last week, Starbucks announced this morning that it’s changing how its members earn loyalty rewards points in its My Starbucks rewards program: instead of earning a star per every transaction on anything you buy — food, coffee, mugs, etc. — starting in April, members will earn two stars for each dollar they spend. [More]