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June 15, 2014
matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.

NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

21:45 // 1 month ago
April 21, 2014
True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

True story: Coffee (which apparently should be brewed with an AeroPress) apparently drives us to stronger ethical behavior, according to a recent study. We’re apparently less ethical when we’re groggy.

11:52 // 3 months ago
March 3, 2014
Digital rights management-style techniques are coming to K-Cup machines. No, really.

Digital rights management-style techniques are coming to K-Cup machines. No, really.

19:21 // 4 months ago
February 24, 2014
vicemag:

A quick tip for your elevator ride up to the office: grab a piping hot cuppa joe at the corner store and stick an egg in it to make a hard boiled morning snack.

Oh, so it’s normal to put your finger in “a piping hot cuppa joe?” Let me tell you, VICE Magazine, I don’t think so. 

vicemag:

A quick tip for your elevator ride up to the office: grab a piping hot cuppa joe at the corner store and stick an egg in it to make a hard boiled morning snack.

Oh, so it’s normal to put your finger in “a piping hot cuppa joe?” Let me tell you, VICE Magazine, I don’t think so. 

9:30 // 5 months ago
February 5, 2014
section9:

peterwknox:

fred-wilson:

i want this for the wall on my office
nevver:

Coffee Shop Subway Map


Very cool.

Very Necessary.
Also, Dunkin Donuts FTW!

Glad to see Bourbon Coffee making an appearance on this map. We have a DC location and it’s the bee’s knees.

section9:

peterwknox:

fred-wilson:

i want this for the wall on my office

nevver:

Coffee Shop Subway Map

Very cool.

Very Necessary.

Also, Dunkin Donuts FTW!

Glad to see Bourbon Coffee making an appearance on this map. We have a DC location and it’s the bee’s knees.

18:01 // 5 months ago
January 9, 2014

History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.

  • 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
  • 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 6 months ago
December 8, 2013

usatoday:

You might call it the Starbucks card for the 1%. Or this year, perhaps, for the 0.5%.

For the second year in a row, Starbucks is rolling out an ultra-limited edition, $450 metal, gift card for the holidays — pre-loaded with $400. But this year, it’s literally five times more exclusive. Last year, the coffee giant made 5,000. This year, it’s making a mere 1,000. Here’s what it’ll buy you.

In a twist, Gilt accidentally posted, then deleted, the cards a day early.

Pardon me, I didn’t know this was a thing. And I just saw that people are reselling the cards on eBay and for a whole lot more money. 

13:22 // 7 months ago
November 12, 2013

Fun fact: Starbucks owes Kraft nearly $3 billion dollars

  • 1998 Kraft Foods and Starbucks make a fateful deal to bring the then-surging coffee chain’s main product to supermarkets across the country. The deal was to run until 2014.
  • 2010 The much-larger coffee chain backs out of the deal, arguing that Kraft broke the terms of the deal by not allowing Starbucks to sell its products in K-Cup form. The situation gets ugly, leading to lawsuits and money fights.
  • 2013 In an arbitration deal which was signed through gritted teeth, Starbucks agreed to pay Mondelez, a part of Kraft which was spun off last year, a total of $2.75 billion dollars, which sounds like a lot of money. It’s not all bad for the Bucks, though: Since breaking its deal with Kraft, its profits have risen 62 percent in the grocery space. source
22:27 // 8 months ago
August 7, 2013

Scammers using Starbucks cards to siphon money away from bank accounts

  • $1,700 the amount GigaOm reporter Lauren Hockenson had stolen from her bank account with the usage of numerous Starbucks cards, which siphoned $30 to $60 per transaction. Hockenson spotted this when the Mint service, notified her of unusual coffee-buying activity. “All of this prompted my bank’s fraud agent to let out a protracted “Wow” when I spoke with her 10 minutes later,” she wrote. (In case you’re wondering if the thieves spend the money on lattes, it’s likely they sell the cards on eBay for a substansial profit. source
21:57 // 11 months ago
June 23, 2013
Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

Do you ever crave the ambient noise of a coffee shop whilst lacking the capacity to actually be in one? Coffitivity plays coffee house-esque noise in the background to alleviate the anxiety of trying to be productive in a too-quiet work environment. We’ve only been waiting for something like this for, oh, our entire working lives.

18:49 // 1 year ago