Starbucks Corporation

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Harlem Pastor Insists Starbucks is Spiking Lattes With Sodomite Semen

    Red cup season is upon us once again and with it, hark! A raving homophobe. Anti-gay Harlem pastor James David Manning, he of "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man" notoriety, is back and he brings urgent news about your Gingerbread and Eggnog Lattes. Starbucks, he says, has spiked th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Does the New Crown Heights Starbucks Threaten Small Neighborhood Businesses?

    The coffee tension brewing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, started after Starbucks opened a new location right beside a four-year-old coffee shop, the Pulp and the Bean. Owner Tony Fisher is not necessarily scared of the competition. But he believes Starbucks will usher in even more commercial chains, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    A Crash Course in Tea -- and Where to Drink the Good Stuff in NYC

    Perhaps you've noticed the slow but steady proliferation of tea shops and bars throughout NYC? If you haven't, you will now: The spread of the tea movement (not to be confused with the floundering Tea Party movement), the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, is currently in its St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2013

    Rightbloggers Mad Starbucks Still Lets Them Bring Guns But Isn't Kissing Their Ass Hard Enough

    People of the Gun love the Old West, a place where, they like to imagine, "an armed society is a polite society" (as if Deadwood were a good model for modern life). But when the Starbucks' CEO Howard Shultz requested -- not demanded, mind you, but requested -- that people visiting his coffee shops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Who Deserves Starbucks Tips?

    If you appreciate the people who make your lattes, the lifecycle of the dollar you tip your Starbucks barista looks something like this: It goes from the locked tip box to a safe, from a safe to the bank at the end of the week, and from the bank to the baristas and shift supervisors. But not every ... More >>

  • News

    June 20, 2012

    Does 'Gay Inc.' Believe in Free Speech?

    In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    McDonald's Shuffles, Sweet Suits

    McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner is retiring after 41 years at the fast-food chain. Donald Thompson, the company's current president, will take his spot. [AP via USA Today] What's more natural, sugar or high fructose corn syrup? This old debate was the subject of a lawsuit over false advertising between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Starbucks to Boost Booze Sales

    Starbucks has decided to add beer and wine to its roster, but it's unclear whether the spirits will be as overpriced and overrated as the chain's coffee. According to Bloomberg (via The Washington Post), at least 25 Starbucks stores will sell booze -- as well as cheese plates and focaccia with oli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Starbucks Expanding Into Lighter Roasts With Its New Blonde Brew

    Lauren ShockeyStarbucks's Blonde (Ambition)​Starbucks is continuing its coffee domination with a new, lighter brew of coffee called Blonde. The Seattle-based coffee company became known for its dark roasts, and this milder roast is both a departure and an opportunity for the brand to further ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Person of Interest Questioned in Queens Firebomb Attacks; Surveillance Video Released [Updated]

    Surveillance video and a police sketch of the suspect in the Queens firebomb attacks that took place Sunday night have been released, and police are reportedly now questioning a person of interest. The attacks involved Molotov cocktails made from Starbucks bottles; they struck the Imam Al-Khoei Foun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Did Starbucks Steal From Artist Ophelia Chong?

    ​It's not unusual for big companies to be accused of stealing from the little guys. (Remember that whole Urban Outfitters drama earlier this year?) And we're the first to admit that sometimes really good ideas happen to come to different people at the same time. But it's hard to imagine that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Starbucks Sees Liquidity in Juice Market; Papasito Grill Burned by Noise Complaints

    ​Starbucks, no longer satisfied with being everywhere, has decided to be everywhere even more. The Seattle-based chain bought Evolution, a high-end juice company, Thursday. Execs plan on opening health and wellness-themed stores.[Washington Post]Papasito Grill and Agave Bar's Upper West Side locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The Vagabond Cafe Opened, Sells Chocolate Chip Cookie Lattes

    Lauren Shockey​Wong might be the buzzier half of 7 Cornelia Street (212-989-3399), but we've recently become smitten with the Vagabond Cafe, located next door, and which opened a few weeks ago. Amid all the Starbucks and soulless coffee shops, this new cafe offers all that you need in a colle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Starbucks Offends Customer By Calling Her 'Phone'

    Marguerite McAfee​Starbucks is not only offending Alec Baldwin! It is causing trouble for regular people as well, particularly a woman named Marguerite McAfee, who had an incident this week at the Starbucks on Third Avenue and 23rd Street, her regular spot, where, she says, "The employees have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    A Fork in the Road Guide to Greenmarket Etiquette

    Robert Sietsema​ Farmers markets are a bit like inebriation: they have a way of amplifying the best and worst parts of one's personality, of shaving away pleasantries to reveal a certain hard nut of truth about human nature. And they're also like an open-air subway car, particularly on Saturd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    New York in the 1960s: Plenty of Hipsters, Fewer Starbucks

    Lower East Side from Django's Ghost on VimeoLook at that fucking hipster! Wait...where are we? When are we? As this clip of the East Village in the '60s -- posted on Neighborhoodr via Handsome as Fuck and supplemented with music from the Velvet Underground -- demonstrates, nerdy black glasses, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Starbucks in Long Island Accused of Homophobic Incident

    ​An open letter to Starbucks on the LI Family Blog has sparked a PR nightmare for the coffee giant with a woman named Missy Alison alleging that she witnessed "one of the most brazen and unapologetic displays of homophobia I have ever witnessed in my entire life" at a Centereach, New York bran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Shake Shack's Nutritional Information: The Ultimate Buzzkill

    Robert SietsemaParadise lost.​We didn't care when Starbucks began posting nutritional information, because caramel latte frappucinos are nasty and embarrassing and no one in their right mind would eat a Starbucks pastry, regardless of caloric content. Likewise, we regard fast-food labeling as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Starbucks Finds Ways to Make People Drink Even More Coffee

    ​Starbucks sure knows how to caffeinate America, having recently introduced its ginormous 31-ounce Trenta size. Now it's come up with a way to get people even more hooked on their java: a mobile application that lets customers pay via their iPhones or BlackBerrys.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    There Is Still 75-Cent Coffee in New York!

    ​I actually found it. And bought it. And drank it. And enjoyed it. And I was so stunned when they handed me a quarter back from my dollar that it's a good thing caffeine was there to delightfully resuscitate my ass. It's at a divey place called 3rd Avenue Food & Deli at 325-Third Avenue (bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Adults Want Kids' Birthday Parties; Restaurants Accept Cash Only

    ​An English professor from Manhattan was forcibly ejected from an Upper West Side Starbucks after refusing to order her bagel "without butter or cheese," which she claimed was linguistically stupid. [NY Post] Fruits and vegetables are ripening early this year due to warm weather, likely leadi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Bay Ridge's Hom Provides Free Brunch for the Unemployed

    ​Well, this is sweet: The owner of Bay Ridge's Hom is giving out free meals to the unemployed. Per the Daily News, Salvatore Forte has since October been serving free brunch to anyone who calls ahead and asks, despite the fact that his business has been down two-thirds since the recession took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Why I Give Starbucks A Fake Name

    ​Order anything more complicated than a simple cup of coffee at Starbucks, and it happens. They want a name. For some of us, that's when the trouble starts. Recently, I realized that I wasn't the only one who had tired of being asked how to spell a name that people find difficult to handle ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    Bloomberg Approves of Study Saying That Calorie Postings Are Making Us Order Fewer Fatpants Foods at Starbucks

    Apparently, people are actually reading those little signs.​ Calorie posting skeptics, be damned: Mayor Bloomberg's office wants us to know that there's a study, from a bunch of people at Stanford, that says that New York calorie postings have indeed made a difference in how many calories peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Starbucks Clashes With Union, Again

    ​Last night, Starbucks workers held a protest at the company's Manhattan regional headquarters to protest an increase in the amount employees must pay towards their health insurance coverage. As reported on the Times' City Room blog, this is hardly the first time Starbucks has clashed with uni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: Instant Starbucks, Shitshows & a Swedish Meatball Truck

    This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily posted Sandra Lee's response to Anthony Bourdain's calling her "pure evil": "He needs to have a cocktail and lighten up." Serious Eats pitted Starbucks' new line of instant coffee packets against Nescafe. The result? Instant Starbucks "really isn't bad." Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Starbucks Bomber out on Bail

    The AP reports that Kyle Shaw, the 17-year-old arrested and charged with arson, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief in the Memorial Day weekend bombing of an Upper East Side Starbucks, has been released on $300,000 bail. The recent high school grad and Fight Club fanatic detonated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Cops Nab Fight Club-Loving Teen for 5/25 Starbucks Bombing

    Tim Hortons will sleep soundly tonight! Cops have caught a suspect in the Memorial Day Starbucks bombing: teenager Kyle Shaw of West 27th Street. Cops say Shaw is into Fight Club, as who isn't, but that he took it further than most of us dweebs and actually started his own Project Mayhem. But he f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Starbucks Explosion: Jihad Against Queen Esther Mermaid?

    Baristas never get the day off: The 3 a.m. explosion that rocked an Upper East Side Starbucks yesterday, likely the result of a small bomb, hasn't gotten the Third Avenue store employees out of any of their foaming duties. A Starbucks spokesperson writes via email that "though the store was tempora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Armed Robberies At Starbucks Locations in the Village?

    Poor Starbucks employees: company stocks are dropping, stores are closing, and now, some mad men are robbing them at gun point and herding them into the freezer at locations around the Village.We learned about these armed robberies this afternoon while buying an iced coffee to celebrate the sunny we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    What Are The Most Recession-Proof Jobs?

    The last thing you would tell a college student today would be "Work for a car company," "Get a job at Starbucks," or "Go into ponzi schemes." Certain lines of work like those are, shall we say, slowing down more than others due to the economic freefall, and it would be rather sadistic to encourage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Starbucks Trying to Seem Affordable

    In an attempt to seem recession-affordable, Starbucks is rolling out a new breakfast pairing promotion where $3.95 will get you a latte and and an oatmeal or coffee cake.[WSJ]In Indiana, a rising demand for local, organic produce is resulting in a big increase in the number of small farms.[Chicago T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Cutbacks Are Swell!

    The news that Starbucks won't continually brew decaf after noon to save money is OK with me; I don't go to Starbucks and if I did, I certainly wouldn't drink decaf. The whole point of coffee is the freakin' caffeine! The development that the postal service might not deliver on Saturdays is absolute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Starbucks Lays Off 6,700, Killing Our Dream

    It was our expectation, not to say our hope, that when we lost our job we could grab an apron and serve coffee at Starbucks. But now even those jobs are more competitive: in the wake of a 69 percent earnings drop, Starbucks announced it would close stores and lay off 6,700 employees. This will resul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Are Frogs the Next Fish?

    A new study finds that one billion frogs are harvested from the wild for human consumption each year, raising fears about population decline and the possible extinction of some species. [BBC News]Whole Foods and Starbucks make Fortune's 2009 'Best Companies to Work For' list.[Fortune via NY Daily Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Starbucks Has Ruined Our Economy!

    Fuck you, Starbucks! For years you hypnotized Americans with your overpriced lattes, transfixing hordes of people to line up and pay huge wads of money on hot, silty shit with some foam on top and a fucking cinnamon stick in the middle. Their homes were being foreclosed, but these poor, thirsty crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    ESB, Starbucks, and Runnin' Scared Offer Special Service on Election Day

    The Empire State Building will be red, white, and blue tonight "as a reminder to vote in the 2008 presidential election," says management, and will "split its lights" -- half blue, half red -- after dark on Election Day. Also, as you may have heard, Starbucks is giving a free coffee tomorrow to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Local Outrages: Ratner's Wake-Up Call, Starbucks Cover-Up, Car Trouble in W'm'sburg

    The author of the Footprint Gazette lives on a part of Dean Street undergoing heavy construction related to Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project. The author was away on business when, at 4:30 one morning, he got a cell phone call from a construction worker, asking him to come downstairs and move hi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2006
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    January 24, 2006
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    May 24, 2005

    One More Cup of CD for the Road

    Starbucks boldly markets its mild music blend

  • Screens

    April 5, 2005

    Big Joe Goes Down

    Tactical media collective's counter-marketing device fights Starbucks with decent panini

  • News

    March 15, 2005

    Kids in the Thrall

    You make chump change. And Congress likes it that way.

  • News

    October 19, 2004

    No More Coffee Talk

    A California court bans performance activist Reverend Billy from preaching at Starbucks

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Rage Against the Caffeine

    Reverend Billy Preaches the Anticorporate Gospel to Starbucks

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