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Starbucks Not Laughing At Spoof

Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder of the Comedy Central show “Nathan For You” comes forward as the brainchild of “Dumb Starbucks,” a parody store that resembles a Starbucks with a green awning and mermaid logo, but with the word “Dumb” attached above the Starbucks sign. Starbucks Coffee spokeswoman, Laurel Harper says the store is not affiliated with Starbucks and, despite the humor, the store cannot use the Starbucks name. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Question: Can you blame Starbucks for blocking usage of its name?

Boycott Targets Starbucks Stand

A new international Starbucks boycott campaign is under way over the company’s support of legalizing same sex marriage. The National Organization for Marriage has launched the website, where people can sign a petition against the company or learn how to contact Starbucks directly. “Starbucks has taken a corporate position in support of redefining marriage for all of society. We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens,” said NOM president Brian Brown in a press release. As of Friday morning, at least 6,000 people had pledged to support the boycott, according to the website/King5 via KREM. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Is it wise for an international company like Starbucks to take a stand on a controversial issue like same sex marriage?

Starbucks Chases ‘Laptop Hobos’

Some Starbucks may be cracking down on so called “laptop hobos” – those people who spend hours at the store on their computers, according to a popular but unofficial Starbucks blog. The blog reports that some Starbucks stores in New York have started covering up electrical outlets. The company hasn't commented on the rumors, which were reported in an unofficial Starbucks blog. Other places like “McDonald's” limit the amount of time customers can spend online/KREM. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you a 'laptop loiterer'?

Coffee prices on the rise

Steve Matott, head coffee roaster at Cravens Coffee Co., empties a batch of Italian roast coffee beans into the cooling tray at offices in Spokane.

Spokane coffee roasters are losing sleep, and it’s not the caffeine.

Supplies of high-quality Arabica beans are tight. Prices have doubled in the last year.

Last week, Starbucks announced it would raise the price on its packaged coffees an average 12 percent, in line with increases by other major brands.

Simon Thompson, owner of Cravens Coffee Co., said he has raised prices twice in recent months, but the total seven percent boost amounts to less than $1 per pound. Bert Caldwell, SR

Will rising prices make you cut back on your coffee consumption? How much is too much for a cup of coffee?

Starbucks Tip Jar Brings Suit

On March 3, 2008, 54-year-old Roger Kreutz was waiting in line at a St. Louis area Starbucks when Aaron Poisson, a mop-haired 19-year-old from Georgia, grabbed the coffee shop's tip jar, containing less than $5, and sprinted outside with it. Kreutz, a relatively wealthy owner of a couple hotels in the area, took it upon himself to give the bandit chase and, in the process, wound up dead when the teen accidentally backed his getaway car over him. Now, with Poisson convicted and most of the family at peace, Kreutz's father, Edward Kreutz Sr., is suing Starbucks, claiming that the company should have known that an easily reachable tip jar would be too tempting for petty thieves and their crime-thwarting nemesi to resist/Curtis Cartier, Seattle Blogs. More here.

Question: Do tip jars at counters represent too much of a temptation for thieves?

Starbucks To Offer 31-Ounce Drinks

A man pulls a cart past a Starbucks store in Beachwood, Ohio. Starbucks will begin a phased-in nationwide rollout Tuesday of its Trenta cup size that can be filled with just shy of a quart's worth of iced beverages such as coffee, tea and lemonade. The nationwide rollout should be complete by May 3. Story here. (AP file photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Question: What size coffee drink do you usually order at Starbucks?

Starbucks Unveils Anniversary Logo

Starbucks new 40-year anniversary logo is seen on a cup at right. Other cups bearing the company's logo from over the years, from left, 1971, 1987, and 1992, are also shown. Story here. (AP Photo/Starbucks)

Question: Which Starbucks logo do you like best?

Starbucks Tells Baristas To Slow Down

Starbucks Corp. is telling its harried baristas to slow down — which may result in longer lines, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Amid customer complaints that the Seattle-based coffee chain has reduced the fine art of coffee making to a mechanized process with all the romance of an assembly line, Starbucks baristas are being told to stop making multiple drinks at the same time and focus instead on no more than two drinks at a time — starting a second one while finishing the first, according to company documents reviewed by the Journal/Wall Street Journal. More here.

Question: Would you rather have Starbucks baristas work slower and be more personable than get your drink quicker?

Hi-Noon: Starbucks Finally Going Wi-Fi

Finally! Starbucks is finally going to provide free wi-fi service at its beaucoup shops around the nation. On Facebook, Cindy re-posted a link about the move that ‘ll take place July 1. You can read it here (scroll down). Why did I use one of the few exclamation points in my literary arsenal? I spent an hour-plus last summer at a Starbucks near the Portland airport, trying to use the finicky AT&T system that requires occasional users who aren’t registered to pay for a phone card that may or may not work. Mine didn’t (despite being refunded a second card). And I didn’t get my money back. I’ve never had such problems at Java on Fourth. ‘Tis nice to see a trend-setter like Starbucks finally catching up with the other coffee shops.

Question: When and where did you last use wi-fi at a place other than your home?

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