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Jim Romenesko
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Tweets by @sbuxgossip I hang out at Peet's Coffee & Tea (and indie shops) more often than Starbucks these days -- the shitty Wi-Fi that SBUX offers is why -- and no longer have that much interest in Starbucks' doings.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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A small London bakery chain has been selling Duffins -- a combo muffin/donut -- since 2011. "Happy customers have been blogging about it, instagramming it, and tweeting about it ever since," reports Channel 4 news. But now Starbucks UK has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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From Wednesday (Oct. 9) to Friday (Oct. 11), Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks. CEO Howard Schultz says the offer is a way to help fellow citizens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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* Is there a conspiracy to discredit Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte? Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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I have never tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte -- only brewed coffee for me, thank you -- but I certainly know about the Cult of PSL. That's why I'm posting this copycat recipe; let us know in comments how it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Mirta Ojito wrote in the Miami Herald over the weekend: "Two weeks ago, I caved in. I gave a fake name to a Starbucks employee. After years of not even pronouncing my name, but simply spelling it as if I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Mirta Ojito wrote in the Miami Herald over the weekend: "Two weeks ago, I caved in. I gave a fake name to a Starbucks employee. After years of not even pronouncing my name, but simply spelling it as if I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Starbucks says in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the name Fizzio would be for its beverage-making machines, as well as a variety of drinks. Starbucks has been testing sodas -- Lemon Ale, Original Ginger Ale... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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A journalist writes to Starbucks Gossip: "At two Starbucks locations I frequent here in LA, it seems like they've removed what seemed to be the standard newspaper-sharing basket, where people would leave newspapers they'd bought to read there. "I haven't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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SHAPE magazine writer Kristen Aldridge sends this email: "I'm working on a story right now called "Celebrities and their Favorite Starbucks Drinks". I'm trying to contact current and former baristas to get information on what celebrities like to order at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Sorry, BuzzFeed, but we knew about many of these things! It's no surprise that Chantico is the company's biggest flop; that was well-documented on this website. Starbucks owns Teavana? Yup. * 15 Things You Didn't Know About Starbucks Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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"Today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where "open carry" is permitted -- unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel." Starbucks, which previously allowed open carry of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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From the New York Times: * Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz lives at 950 Fifth Avenue in NYC -- a vertical bastion of billionaires with just seven residences * From 2007: Howard Schultz pays $25 million to $30 million for a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Rafat Ali writes after visiting the recently opened (March, 2013) Starbucks store in New Dehli: "For someone used the the skeezy and icky New York Starbucks stores, the cleanliness of this is astounding, to say the least. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Click on the letter for a larger view * Starbucks Book Club pitch Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Coulson Loptmann, 21, says he was fired from Seattle Starbucks for eating an "expired" plastic-wrap sandwich that had been tossed into the dumpster. "I hadn't eaten all day and I was on a seven-hour shift," he says. Loptmann (on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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A group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is trying to pressure Starbucks to change its current policy which allows customers to carry loaded guns into its stores in states where that's permitted. The Moms are urging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Time Out Chicago magazine taste-tested the goods on La Boulange's debut in the Windy City. Here's what they said: Reduced-Fat Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf Cake: “This is like the pumpkin spice latte in food form. There are a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Anthropologists from the University of West Virginia went to Boston and observed what was going on a three different Starbucks stores and three locally owned independent coffee joints. They focused on things like how social and welcoming a place is;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
Starbucks WiFi -- frustrating customers for years -- prompts daily tweets from people who can't take it anymore. Every time I bring up this issue of super-slow Starbucks Wi-Fi, the SBUX Kool-Aid Drinkers counter with: You get what you pay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Friday was declared "Starbucks Appreciation Day" by gun advocates who urged others to take their guns to Starbucks and enjoy a coffee. The Starbucks in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people died in a school shooting last December, closed early to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Gun owners are planning to take their guns to Starbucks on Friday as part of an “I Love Guns and Coffee” campaign. They want to show their appreciation for Starbucks' policy that lets customers carry guns openly in states where... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Azadeh Azad went to a Victoria, B.C. Starbucks to write on her laptop every day. At one point she started taking her "daylight" lamp with her, which at least one customer found annoying. (The woman said the light helped alleviate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip
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Starbucks' Wi-Fi will be 10 times faster once the stores' networks are upgraded. Slow-as-syrup AT&T is out, and Level 3/Google is in. Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman finally got word that Starbucks offered the worst Wi-Fi on the planet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Starbucks Gossip