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Starbucks apologizes to La. teacher for barista’s Satanic designs drawn in her coffee foam

Starbucks has apologized to a Louisiana teacher who complained that a barista drew Satanic symbols in her coffee foam. Megan Pinion posted photos of two beverages she bought at a Baton Rouge coffee shop on her Facebook page, one showing a star and another with the number 666 drawn in…

Starbucks CEO to gun rights advocates: ‘Guns are not a part of the Starbucks experience’

In an open letter released today, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that Starbucks will now “respectfully request” that gun owners not bring their guns into Starbucks, even in states where “open” or “concealed carry” is permitted. “We’re not pro-gun or anti-gun,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek, but he wanted to stop…

Florida woman shot at Starbucks by friend who forgot gun was in her purse

Police say a loaded handgun in a Florida woman’s purse accidentally discharged when she dropped it in a St. Petersberg’s Starbucks on Saturday. The bullet from 51-year-old Pamela Beck’s gun struck her friend, 38-year-old Amie Peterson, above the knee. The wound was not serious and Peterson was released from the…

Gun advocates stage ‘appreciation day’ with weapons at Newtown Starbucks

A group of gun advocates in Connecticut on Friday are planning to bring their weapons for an “appreciation day” at a Starbucks in Newtown, where 20 children were slaughtered in a school shooting just last year. Over 3,000 people have signed up to participate in a Facebook event called “Starbucks…

Starbucks agrees to pay millions in British corporation taxes

US-based coffee giant Starbucks said on Sunday it had paid £5 million in British corporation tax and will pay another £15 million by next year after facing a backlash from lawmakers and customers over non-payment. The moved comes despite Starbucks claiming that it remained unprofitable in Britain, and that it…

More than 640,000 thank Starbucks for supporting same sex marriage

Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle received a huge “Thank You” card on Thursday for supporting legislation that allowed same sex couples in Washington state to marry. More than 640,000 people signed the card, which was the creation of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org and Washington United for Marriage. “We knew that people would stand…

Starbucks isn’t alone: 10 examples of bugs in supposedly vegan food

Vegan and vegetarian Starbucks aficionados are aghast at recent revelations that the company replaced an artificial dye in its Strawberry Frappucino with cochineal extract. The dye, an approved food additive, is made from the crushed shells of cochineal beetles, which vegans and many vegetarians eschew as part of their dietary…

Starbucks to open in India

MUMBAI — Starbucks will make its eagerly awaited foray into India later this year, opening outlets under a deal announced Monday with Tata Global Beverages to tap into the country’s fast-growing taste for coffee. Tata, part of steel-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, and Seattle-based Starbucks said they had entered into a…

Starbucks to start selling wine and beer in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — Starbucks is to start selling wine and beer in some stores in southern California and Atlanta, Georgia, expanding a move which has worked well around its northwest US base, the coffee giant said Monday. The Seattle-based global coffee shop franchise said it will also sell “premium food…

Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

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