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  2. “Komodo Dragon has a hearsay story that gets told now and then by partners of old. It’s the “mistake blend”. I can’t totally vouch for this story’s accuracy. The story goes that the Starbucks master coffee experts at the headquarters were cupping a coffee blend for quality. Only they noticed it something was off. It was a blend where the roaster had used the wrong coffee components and formulation. It was a mistake. So the lore goes, just then a bigwig walked into the coffee quality room and tried it and said, “This is a great coffee! What is it?” And that was the birth of the big, spicy coffee which is Komodo Dragon.” - From Homepage - StarbucksMelody-com
  3. This just recently showed up here in Portland, Oregon area. It took a couple years.
  4. Starbucks (+0.35%) is testing out compostable and recyclable cups. And you thought StrawGate was the last of it.
  5. Why wouldn't they just produce less waste food and lower the prices on their current offerings?
  6. Starbucks (-0.18%) disclosed for the first time how much it pays its median worker: $12,754 per year plus 52 lbs of coffee. That’s one pound of coffee and about $245 a week.
  7. Step one: Starbucks (-0.74%) plans to lay off ~5% of its global corporate workforce.
  8. I did not know they permit enter with pets. The last article I read say the contrary about dogs tongue, specially because my dogs love to lick me when I am lying down on the floor working out ? A Wisconsin man had to have his hands and legs amputated because of a bacterial infection he got after being licked by a dog — here's what to know about the risks Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old Wisconsin man, recently had to have both of his hands and his legs amputated after contracting a bacterial infection, most likely from a dog's licks. Up to 74% of dogs and 57% of cats carry the bacteria that can cause these infections, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, but in most cases, people only get infected after being bitten. Approximately 30% of people who do get infected die, which is why it's essential to see a doctor if you are bitten by an animal. The vast majority of the time, a lick from a dog is totally harmless. But in exceedingly rare circumstances, that lick can lead to a dangerous and potentially lethal infection from a common bacteria. Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old Wisconsin man, recently had to have both of his hands and his legs amputated after contracting the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus. That most likely came from the tongue of a dog, potentially his own, according to local news reports.
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  9. The food display looks enticing to you doesn't it? Well... it also is lickable and a temptation that some dogs also find irresistible Think twice before wrapping your fingers around that sandwich or wrap.. And no... this wasn't a "service dog" Public Health in restaurant establishments in the United States has plummeted over the past few years unfortunately. People years ago would have been horrified by this. But isn't a dogs tongue supposedly cleaner than a humans? (why do I doubt this wives tale?)
  10. Today, Starbucks (+0.78%) is opening its first location in Italy—a "Reserve Roastery" in Milan—as an homage to the very country that inspired its espresso-fueled vision (and ~28,000 stores worldwide). But this isn't your corner coffeehouse Look back at the picture. That's what the very upscale, 25,000-square-foot Milan Roastery looks like. Plus, it offers locally roasted coffee from 30 countries alongside freshly baked pizzas and pastries...and alcoholic drinks so you won't miss your after-work aperitivo. There's a backstory: Starbucks Chairman Emeritus Howard Schultz first traveled to Milan in 1983...when there were only four Starbucks locations, all of them in Seattle. Italy's cafe culture inspired him to "build a company with the same nucleus of warmth, community, and human connection," Starbucks wrote in a release literally called, "Starbucks comes to Italy: An opera verismo in seven acts." Italy worked its magic Now, Starbucks opens a coffee shop chock full of human connection (if someone writing your name on a cup counts) every four hours on average, and it clocked in $22.4 billion in net revenue last year. This is just its third Roastery (after Seattle and Shanghai). But Starbucks plans to open Roasteries in New York, Tokyo, and Chicago this year and next. FWIW: The Milan Roastery might not be an easy sell for the proud Italian coffee-lover. Starbucks will charge more than 3x the going price for espresso and cappuccino in Milan (at least visitors from NYC will be used to overpaying). Already, one consumer group has filed a complaint over prices. Plus, Italians are deeply protective of their coffee culture. Good luck defending why your "grande" size is only a medium. So why open the Roastery? Starbucks is trying to expand abroad as U.S. sales stagnate (and force store closures). In China, for example, Starbucks opens a new location every 15 hours. And expanding its global footprint is as important as ever—$13 billion of Starbucks's $73 billion valuation is tied to opening stores over the next few years, per Forbes. h/t Daily Roast
  11. I read somewhere that it is not very healthy for us.....
  12. Starbucks (-0.95%)CEO Howard Schultz dumped his latte on the GOP’s tax plan: “When so many people are living paycheck to paycheck, corporate America does not need a tax cut.” Is he still the CEO? Isn't Chairman still more powerful anyway?
  13. How to make almond milk:
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  14. This Thursday, September 29, is National Coffee Day in the United States. In honor of everyone’s favorite morning beverage and the farmers who make its consumption possible, Starbucks has announced it will donate one coffee tree to a farmer in need for every cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee sold Thursday. The Coffee Day initiative is part of Starbucks’s broader commitment to help wipe out coffee rust—a fungus threatening coffee trees in Latin America. For the last year, Starbucks has donated a coffee tree for every bag of coffee purchased in participating stores in America and Mexico. Already, the company has raised enough money to plant 18 million rust-resistant coffee trees, 10 million of which have already been delivered to farmers. They hope that by extending their “One Tree for Every Bag” commitment to cups of coffee for National Coffee Day, they will be able to meet their goal of donating 20 million trees by the end of 2016. “I have seen firsthand the devastation coffee rust has had on farmers. The initial distribution of these coffee trees has already had a positive impact with potential to help farmers and their families for years to come,” said Starbucks Global Coffee executive vice president Craig Russell in a statement. “This is the perfect way to have our customers and the coffee community become part of the solution on National Coffee Day.”
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  15. For many years, nondairy users had one option at Starbucks: soy. Last year, coconut milk randomly materialized, but the chain’s never given almond milk any serious love. Until now: According to a press announcement, America’s most popular dairy alternative will finally hit stores nationwide next month. The rollout will occur in two stages: First, on September 6 at cafés in five regions — New York, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, and the Mid-Atlantic. Then, by the end of the month, it will expand to all Starbucks locations. The chain says it will cost 60 cents extra and has “light almond notes without any added flavoring.” Veg News, an obvious proponent of this dairy-free addition, says a memo to employees noted that a My Starbucks Idea proposal (submitted back in 2011) begging the company to add almond milk is now up to almost 100,000 votes, making it one of the “most-requested ideas of all time.” (Starbucks has cited allergy concerns in the past to explain its foot-dragging.) In keeping with the theme of Japan always getting all of the cool stuff first, Starbucks’s locations over there have been offering almond milk for more than a year now. It’s even been the centerpiece of several promo drinks, suggesting it might be one way to help American stores reverse flagging sales if done right.
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