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Posted: November 28, 2017

Protesters build 8,000-cup wall, monster in front of Starbucks' headquarters



A group of protesters calling for Starbucks to make a 100 percent recyclable cup made eye-catching displays in front of the company’s Seattle headquarters this week.

PHOTOS: 8,000-cup wall built in front of Starbucks' HQ

Bellingham-based group constructed a wall of used cups along First Avenue South in SoDo as well as a large “cup monster” in the parking lot.

The group says the wall, made from 8,000 cups, represents the 4 billion cups thrown away each year. The cup monster is made from 1,000 cups.

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The displays are part of a five-day protest.

The group says Starbucks’ customers assume their paper cups are recyclable, but that's not true in most cases.

"(Starbucks) uses 8,000 cups a minute, every minute of every day of every year. Eight-thousand cups are going in the landfill because in most places around the world, Starbucks cups are not recyclable,“ said Jim Ace, Corporate Campaigner at says the cups cannot be processed in most recycling facilities because of their plastic lining, which clogs the recycling equipment.

But Starbucks is disputing the group’s assertion, calling the protest “misguided.”

The group “intentionally ignores the fact that Starbucks hot cup is recyclable, as well as the realities and complexity of recycling in our country,” a company official said in a statement on Starbucks’ website.

Activists plan to camp outside the headquarters until Friday.


Latest Starbucks holiday cups may or may not depict LGBT couple

Starbucks’ holiday cups are causing discussion and debate again.

According to the New York Times, some people say this year's cups are promoting homosexuality.

Earlier this month, Starbucks released a video to introduce the cups. It featured a variety of customers, including an animation of two women shown holding hands around a Starbucks drink. Though their relationship wasn’t specified, some people saw it as a nod toward LGBTQ customers.

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There are also two gender-neutral hands linked on the side of this year’s cup

Last week, a BuzzFeed News story suggested the hands belong to a same-sex couple, saying Starbucks did not confirm or deny that the hands belong to a same-sex couple.

Several customers said the depiction was one of a same-sex couple, with some appearing to be supportive of the move and others criticizing it. 

“This year’s hand-drawn cup features scenes of celebrating with loved ones — whoever they may be,” Starbucks spokeswoman Sanja Gould told The Times. “We intentionally designed the cup so our customers can interpret it in their own way, adding their own color and illustrations.”

This isn’t the first time the company’s holiday cups caused discussion. In 2015, many people were upset about the plain red cups that didn't have a holiday-themed pattern. A conservative Christian activist pushed a boycott of Starbucks. 

At the time, the company said the cups were a blank canvas for customers to tell their own holiday story.

Starbucks opens first bakery

Starbucks has jumped into the bakery business with its first location opening in Seattle Tuesday and plans for more standalone bakeries coming soon.

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The first bakery-cafe, known as Princi, is located at the Starbucks Seattle Reserve Roastery at 1124 Pike St. It’s the first time in Starbucks' 45-year history that the company will be baking fresh goods onsite.

All locations, named Princi after Italian baker Rocco Princi, will serve freshly baked Italian food created from the baker's recipes. 

The Seattle store is centered around ovens, with fresh food baked there throughout the day. 

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Customers can choose from than 100 menu items daily, including cornetti, an Italian variation of a croissant; focaccia sandwiches filled with salami and mozzarella; and crostata fregola, also known as strawberry pie, using ingredients imported from Italy, 25 of which are specifically for Princi.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the offerings, a Commessa, or shop assistant, will help you decide what to order.

Princi will become the only food offering in all new Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations including Shanghai, opening in December 2017, Milan in late 2018, and New York, Tokyo and Chicago.

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Starbucks releases color-it-yourself holiday cups

It’s that time of year again -- Starbucks is releasing its holiday cups.

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The coffee chain will switch things up this year, veering away from its typically red-themed holiday cups. The chain’s new cup design allows customers to color it in themselves. Locations will provide colored pencils for customers to borrow to doodle on their cups.

“We hope they’ll color it in to represent what the holidays means to them,” Leanne Fremar, a creative director at the company, told The Associated Press.

Starbucks has released holiday cups since 1997. Holiday drink flavors this year include Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte and Chestnut Praline Latte.

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