Actor Patrick Dempsey just bought a Seattle-based coffee company. No, not Starbucks. Dempsey bid $9.15 million for Tully’s Coffee, an amount that beat whatever Starbucks offered during a private auction this week. ”I think some of the players involved in this deal want to take those jobs away, and you’re looking at an economy that’s rough to get jobs,” Dempsey said. “I went by one of the stores yesterday and the employees are deeply concerned. That’s one thing we care deeply about.” (No word on whether Dempsey plans to sell $1 reusable cups.)
In effort to encourage reuse, Starbucks is selling $1 reusable coffee cups: Here’s what they look like. Considering there’s a 10-cent discount each time you use it, it should pay for itself in about a week. (Check out the Thinglink embed above for more info.)
The Moscow version of Starbucks is encouraging people with coffee cups to buy postcards that let you cover up the sleeves of knockoff brands to replace with Starbucks. We want this, except with a generic cup brand, so that we can cover up the fact we went to Starbucks.
In what may prove to be a pivotal breakthrough for the mobile payments space, Square has signed up Starbucks for its platform, a deal that will allow you to use Square to pay for your mocha, yes, but will also make Square the processor of credit and debit card transactions for the coffee shop chain, a move that will significantly expand the Jack Dorsey-backed company’s scale. It’s also a roll of the dice for the brand, too: Starbucks will also invest in Square, and CEO Howard Schultz will join the company’s board. As you guys may know, Starbucks is already leading the way on the point-of-sale front, with mobile apps that store Starbucks cards that can be scanned anywhere. This is one step further. So, who will follow their lead?
We jest. Today, Starbucks announced that Gates joined the company’s board, and will serve on its nominating and corporate governance committee. Gates was appointed Secretary of Defense by George W. Bush in 2006, and retired in 2011 after just under three years with the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the Starbucks board, Gates was acting as chancellor for the College of William & Mary, his alma mater. (SFB illustration)source
Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side? First he made an album with Metallica, now he’s going to #(&@(&ing Starbucks? Who cares if this encounter, recalled by WFMU host and comedian Tom Scharpling, is real or not? It’s hilarious. (via mrshl, who has the full thing; this is really just the intro to a solid hour of tweeting)
They say they’re already seeing the effects: Could you imagine a world without Starbucks … or coffee? That’s what officials for the world’s largest caffeine hawker are seriously worried about, especially after a fairly busy hurricane season and more resistant bugs. The company has even considered partly converting many outlets to juice bars. ”What we are really seeing as a company as we look 10, 20, 30 years down the road – if conditions continue as they are – is a potentially significant risk to our supply chain, which is the Arabica coffee bean,” says the company’s sustainability director, Jim Hanna. Three words, Jim: Yerba Mate Frappuccino. (photo via TPEGroup Photography & Design’s Flickr page)source
On September 11, 2001, someone in the company infamously charged first responders $130 for three cases of water. The ambulance drivers were eventually paid back, but we wonder if that played a role in today’s gesture.