Cardi B Reacts To Philly Starbucks “WAP” Coffee

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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have inspired a whole movement that went further than the music. The WAP TikTok dances have been everywhere on the internet but now theirs WAP coffee?!

A local Starbucks in Philadelphia has made a “WAP” coffee.

Well, that is creative, to say the least. The WAP coffee has White Mocha, Almond Milk & Pumpkin Spice. See what they did there?

Cardi got wind of the Starbucks newest coffee and chimed in.

The Fox 29 morning crew once again have gone viral creating a hilarious moment tasting the WAP coffee. Somebody get Cardi a venti WAP right away!

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Customer Confronts Starbucks Cashier For Stealing Her Credit Card To Buy Groceries

Juana Martinez was recently the victim of credit card theft when a Starbucks employee in Lakewood, Calif. copied the numbers off her card and purchased over $200 of groceries.

In addition to filing a police report and informing Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, Martinez decided to “get even” with the young woman.

The barista was completely caught off guard when Martinez and her brother pulled up to the drive-thru window and confronted her. “So we got you on camera yesterday at Ralphs for $212.00. Just know that the cops are coming up here,” said Martinez to the bewildered barista. “You took a copy of my f***ing card the other day on New Year’s Day. You know what you did.”

“I’m sorry that you had to come up here. I’m sorry that this is inconvenient for you,” said the cashier.

Martinez asked, “So what are you sorry about? That you took f***ing money from me and my kids? What are you sorry about?”

“I’m sorry that I took money from you and your kids,” the cashier parroted back. “I am a good child. I swear I am really good. I really do go to school. I’m nineteen. I play soccer,” she added.

The teen offered to give Martinez the money back in lieu of her pressing charges, but the damage had already been done. Apparently, the theft left Martinez unable to pay her rent. “You come to Starbucks to get coffee, not to get robbed,” she shouted at the college student.

According to the Daily Mail, the teen has since been fired. “We were extremely troubled to learn of this incident and are working directly with the customer to address this situation. This experience is completely unacceptable, but is by no means indicative of the otherwise outstanding customer service that we provide our customers daily,” read a statement from a Starbucks spokesman.

“We value our customers’ trust and have internally taken immediate steps to address and respond to this issue. I can confirm that this partner (employee) no longer works for Starbucks.”

Click here to watch the video confrontation.

SOURCE: DailyMail, YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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Marshawn Lynch Wants You To Get Your Buff On With His “Beast Mode” Starbucks Frap

What exactly gets Marshawn Lynch to transform into Beast Mode? It might just be a drink from Starbucks.

The Seattle Seahawks running back has teamed up with the coffee-juggernaut to introduce his own drink, aptly named the Beast Mode Frappuccino. It’s described as a double mocha Frappuccino with a hint of mint and cream and just enough protein powder to unleash your inner Beast Mode. Marshawn took the opportunity pretty seriously, as he even donned a green apron in the test lab while at the company’s Seattle headquarters to test some odd recipes.

But it wasn’t until he tasted a double chocolate Frappuccino with protein powder and raspberry drizzle that he finally realized he was onto something. “I’d drink this before a workout,” Lynch said. “You could get your buff on with this.”

What’s bigger than Lynch developing his own unique Frappuccino is where a portion of the revenue will go. His goal is to empower the inner-city youth in his hometown of Oakland, California, as well as the rest of the U.S. Lynch started his Fam 1st Foundation in 2011 with Buffalo Bills quarterback Joshua Johnson to help teach underprivileged youth the value of education, literacy, and self-esteem. According to Starbs:

For every Beast Mode™ Frappuccino® blended beverage sold throughout the football season in Washington and Oakland, Starbucks will donate 24 cents – which coincides with Lynch’s number – to the Fam 1st Family Foundation, up to $100,000. Starbucks will kick off the new collaboration and beverage with a minimum $24,000 contribution to the foundation.

It looks like Marshawn found a pretty sweet (and caffeine-filled) way to give back to his community.

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The Retweet: Starbucks Plans To Stop Writing “Race Together” On Cups, But They’re Not Done With The Race Conversation Yet

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Last week, Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz surprised many when he encouraged employees to scribble “Race Together” on the side of coffee cups to spark a conversation about what else? Race.

A little controversy with our coffee? That happened.

The initiative — a week-long campaign meant to facilitate race relation conversations between tired, coffee-starved customers and their baristas — was sparked by open forums for workers to discuss race in the wake of national protests to dismantle police violence and confront racial tensions. Well intentioned, but there were some problems with Starbucks’ attempt to join the race conversation.

Mainly this one:

Another? More conversation sounds like longer lines to us. And another? Race really didn’t have a place in meaningless banter between baristas and the rush hour crowd, especially given very few of these people (employees or customers) are licensed to do so (or capable of spelling your name right, but that’s another issue).

Here’s a scenario. White barista tells Black Starbucks customer all about racism. Or, Black barista forced to explain privilege while serving the White customer.

It’s all pretty bad.

The campaign received a lot of flack, naturally, prompting GlobalGrind and NewsOne editor Christina Coleman to tackle just how problematic Starbucks’ newest initiative could be if it continues in this week’s The Retweet (see above). The company is on hiatus from their “Race Relation” coffee takeover — the Associated Press reports that the visible component of the company’s campaign has ended for now — but Starbucks is still planning to foster conversations about race.

The phase-out is not a reaction to that pushback, Olson said. “Nothing is changing. It’s all part of the cadence of the timeline we originally planned.”

He echoed the company memo, saying of the Race Together initiative, “We’re leaning into it hard.”

Schultz’s note to employees acknowledged the skeptics as an anticipated part of the outreach.

“While there has been criticism of the initiative — and I know this hasn’t been easy for any of you — let me assure you that we didn’t expect universal praise,” it read.

He said the campaign at its core aims to make sure that “the promise of the American Dream should be available to every person in this country, not just a select few.”

But before discussing the American Dream or diversity, the company may want to look within. After all, only 16 percent of Starbucks executives are people of color.

Check out The Retweet above for an in-depth look at the issue with Starbucks’ “Race Together” campaign and let us know what you think about controversy with your coffee in the comments section…

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Starbucks Ends #RaceTogether Because Ain’t Nobody Got Time To Talk About Race When Ordering A Venti Dirty Soy Chai Latte

We found that Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz’s #RaceTogether initiative to talk about America’s issues with race and discrimination a sincere move in wanting to join the conversation and incite positive change. But when he inducted the #RaceTogether campaign that asked of his baristas to write the hashtag on cups (in hopes of inspiring candid discourses), the effort was met with an unforeseen backlash and jokes online. In a personal letter from Schultz today, the CEO confirmed that writing #RaceTogether had been “completed” as of March 22, but that we’ll be seeing the movement beyond our Venti beverages.

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Over the weekend, Schultz had felt so defeated and hurt by the social media response, that he momentarily shut down his Twitter account. Many weren’t as open to the idea as he had hoped. But “Race Together” will continue, just in other forms throughout the months and years to come.

“We have a number of planned Race Together activities in the weeks and months to come: more partner open forums, three more special sections co-produced with USA TODAY over the course of the next year, more open dialogue with police and community leaders in cities across our country, a continued focus on jobs and education for our nation’s young people plus our commitment to hire 10,000 opportunity youth over the next three years.”

So while that embarrassing chapter for the company is done, Starbucks is still aiming to make a difference! At a recent conference in front of important shareholders and in a huge auditorium, Mellody Hobson, the Black female Board of Directors at Starbucks, led the the latest Race Together discussion and stated that we “[couldn’t] afford to be color-blind” and that we start behaving “color-brave.” “Color-brave.” Sounds intriguing.

She then offered some examples of how to just in little we all could invite integration and change in our everyday lives. “If you’re a part of a hiring process, or admission process, you can be color brave. If you are someone putting together a brainstorming session for school or work, you can be color-brave. If you are sitting with a group of people at a table and you notice that everyone looks like you, you can stand up and be color-brave.”

We still believe that at least Starbucks is trying! How many other CEOs are tackling racism or uncomfortable topics head on?


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Twitter Went In On Starbucks’ Ill-Fated Attempt At Their #RaceTogether Campaign

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We certainly do appreciate Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz’s push to talk about America’s race relations, holding large-scale conferences with his company’s employees. After weeks of those honest discussions, one of the nation’s most famous coffeehouses began their #RaceTogether campaign in which baristas were asked to engage in conversations about racism with their customers. It only took hours, but neither Twitter nor real life was having it and the attempt got lampooned! But how come?

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#RaceTogether was meant to issue a comfortable space for talking about race for everyone, but many found it unrealistic to explain exactly why Black people deserved reparations in the 30 seconds it takes to receive their White Chocolate Mocha, or, in in general it just felt a bit coerced.

We’re all for keeping it real about the level of racism and discrimination in America, but possibly the Starbucks counter isn’t the most convenient place. How about the brand creates an online forum instead? Maybe even install machines or tablets in various locations where people can post their thoughts (you know they’ve got the money for it!) But for most who are getting a cup of joe, a latte, or macchiato from Starbucks are usually in a grab and go or laptop-in-tow screenwriting mode. There should be at least a natural transition for a sensitive topic.

We feel kind of bad for Schultz and Starbucks though! At least they’re trying!

But you’ve got to see some of the tweets that fired back at #RaceTogether. As funny as they are, maybe we’re still in limbo in America in how to talk about race…or there really is a time and a place for it.

Do you think the backlash was fair? Was Starbucks reaching this time with this campaign? Sound off in the comments!


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I Came For The Caffeine, Not The Race Chats


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It’s 7:00 a.m., you’re feeling barely alive, and you need a mighty jolt of caffeine to properly prepare you for the morning. Is that the best time to talk to your server about institutionalized racism and white supremacy? Would you like a shot of espresso coupled with a brief chat about the tenets of racial equality? Or that Oprah chai I keep hearing about?

I don’t want any of these things, so for all of CEO Howard Schultz’s intentions, I’m not sure what pushing Starbucks baristas to talk race with the stores’ customers will accomplish.

On the company’s website about the #RaceForward initiative, the site explains that Schultz saw what was happening in cities like Ferguson, New York, and Oakland and felt that, “We at Starbucks should be willing to talk about these issues in America.” However, “Not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have answers, but because staying silent is not who we are.”

So, you’d like to discuss race in America based on instances of racial unrest tied to discrimination in the aforementioned cities, but “not to point fingers or to place blame.” In essence, this is encouraging banter but not serious or arguably meaningful conversation.

How American, indeed.

To have a real conversation about race in America is to discuss racism. Without looking at an issue wholly, you are having nothing more than superficial dialogue. It would be like first date conversation, only the kind the results in you never seeing that person again. Ever.

To be fair to Starbucks, the store does notable charity work and is now helping some of its baristas cover the costs of college. This comes across as an extension of their commitment to community. Even so, for many a working class or poor neighborhood resident, a new Starbucks is the first sign that a change is going to come — that will more than likely displace them. The CEO of Starbucks would probably find himself in an awkward conversation discussing this reality. Can you imagine what a barista might face if they write “Race Forward” on a cup and someone dares to inquire?

Speaking of these baristas, already there is a hashtag #StarbucksRaceTheory in which someone and likely others will share their experiences with uh, racially insensitive Starbucks workers. Most of them are not equipped to discuss such complicated matters. They’re collecting a check (that should probably be bigger) and the customers just want caffeine (to go collect a check that should probably be bigger, too).

We should not complicate this formula to assuage the guilt of white liberals. White liberals who are diverse in their worker base, but not in their executive offices. Per the Starbucks website, one partner said, “The current state of racism in our country is almost like humidity at times. You can’t see it, but you feel it.” Many of us feel it damn near every day of our lives. What is your barista going to do about it? What makes you think I want to talk about it anyway?

Again, it is nice in theory, but execution matters. I like the idea of the company having an “all-hands meeting at the Starbucks Support Center, where people of various backgrounds congregated to share their experiences.” That sort of dialogue does matter and is effective, but that is a prime example of having a proper forum.

For those that do want to talk about race during a coffee run, have at it. However, if I see “Race Forward” written on my cup, I’m running past that convo. This is why I stick to the bodega coffee anyway. It’s cheaper, just as effective, and conversation is limited to telling each other to have a good day. That’s all I need in that moment.

Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem, and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him @youngsinick.


So This Is Happening: Starbucks Plans To Serve Side Of Race Relations With Coffee

So This Is Happening: Starbucks Plans To Serve Side Of Race Relations With Coffee


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You know that list of companies that are outspoken about gay marriage? The ones that tell gun advocates to put their firearms away when walking into their stores? The ones that pay your tuition and boast unity from their liberal boardrooms?

Starbucks is that company.

So it was only a matter of time before the inevitable came. Tackling race. And that’s just what CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging his employees to do.

Sparked by open forums for workers to discuss race in the wake of national protests to dismantle police violence and confront racial tensions, the company has launched their newest initiative Race Together — a campaign to foster healthy racial dialogue between baristas and customers.

The Washington Post reports:

In partnership with USA Today, Starbucks has launched a week-long campaign under the banner “Race Together” to get staff and customers talking about race. In a video message, Schultz urges “partners” to write the phrase on their paper cups “to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers.” A USA Today supplement, set to be published March 20, includes a number of “conversation starters,” including the fill-in-the-blank question: “In the past year, I have been to the home of someone of a different race ___ times.”

Interesting, given that you can see what types of interactions customers of color are having with their baristas just by clicking the insightful hashtag #StarbucksRaceStory.

And on the flip side, some people aren’t too happy about engaging in dialogue with a company that many are critically examining as the problem, not the solution.

But Schultz, who wants to “promote a new level of understanding and sensitivity about the issue,” according to CNN Money, says the forums and discussions aren’t created to point fingers. No Sway, Starbucks isn’t claiming to have the answers. But for Shultz, “staying silent is not who we are.”

“We have problems in this country with regard to race and racial inequality and we believe we’re better than this and we believe the country is better than this,” he said.

In any case, the campaign isn’t going over too well with those directly affected by racism. Especially since teaching privileged customers who come to buy $7 lattes isn’t in a barista’s job description. We’re guessing that’s the last thing they want to do.

This can go a bunch of different ways and none of them are pointing up. Except for this clever hashtag that brilliantly mocks Starbucks’ effort. Because it’s great. And we can’t stop laughing.

Starbucks may want to employ Twitter to do the job for them. We’re just saying.

SOURCE: Washington Post, CNN Money, Twitter | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


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Starbucks CEO Sparks An All-Too-Real Racial Tolerance Conversation

The CEO of your favorite place to get a white chocolate mocha (or is that just us) has gone from admirable coffeehouse entrepreneur to impassioned orator. Howard Schultz, the Starbucks CEO furthered the conversation on America’s stance with diversity and racism and held another open forum with hundreds of Starbucks employees at the California African American Museum this week.

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First initiated weeks ago in Seattle, Schultz’s goal of widening the talk of race in America has evolved into a series for the company. The businessman, traveling from Oakland, St. Louis and New York, is on a quest to get his employees to honestly share how they view and treat different cultures and ethnicity in their everyday lives. Wow!

Starbucks openly hires (at 40 percent) people of various backgrounds and Schultz was inspired to hold these massive talks from the aftermath of Ferguson last fall. For being a successful White male in America, the racial elements of Michael Brown’s death touched him deeply and caused him to reflect on his own manners of dealing with race: “Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have unconscious biases,” as he told USA Today. “We had to do something. No ignoring it or being a bystander.” He shared with USA that as a child, he remembers the images on TV of the civil rights movement and hearing Robert F. Kennedy speak after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

There is also a business component to the forum. Schultz noticed that based on “the national mood” of the country, Starbucks’ sales would rise or fall. In New York, during the #BLACKLIVESMATTERS protests, sales were “tanking.” He insists that the forums aren’t organized to keep business afloat, but to check in with his employees because if they are happy and the topics they care most about aren’t neglected, business in return is a more fruitful experience for everyone. But don’t write off Schultz for someone just only looking out for his brand. He’s a very charitable person, as just last October, he introduced a partnership with Starbucks and non-profits in New York and L.A. to help fund educational programs and has a foundation geared towards helping veterans.

Schultz’s effort is admirable–and smart–because of course everybody wins when people are generally happy, but at the very least, feel understood. He’s hopeful that our CEOs and managers will follow his lead.

“In every city we’ve had these meetings, there has been a tremendous amount of learning. There’s been a true level of compassion about what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.”

What do you think beauties? Sound off in the comments below.


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#BlackLivesMatter: Starbucks CEO Wants Open Dialog About Race With Employees



Now here’s something you don’t see in corporate America. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants to open talks with his employees in the wake of nationwide protests surrounding the police killings of unarmed black men Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo and Eric Garner from Staten Island, Ny. Last week, Schultz who is known for confronting political and social issues head on, held an impromptu meeting with employees at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. According to Time, Schultz wrote an open letter to employees about the protests where he remarked:

Like many of you these past weeks, I have watched with a heavy heart as tragic events and unrest have

unfolded across America, from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City to Oakland, California. Personally, I

am deeply saddened by what I have seen, and all too aware of the ripple effect. I have asked myself what it means not to be a bystander, as a citizen and as a Starbucks partner. What are our individual and collective responsibilities to our country, as well as to our own company? Last week, one thing became clear: we cannot continue to come to work every day aware of the difficult and painful experiences facing our nation, and not acknowledge them, together, as a company. Indeed, despite the raw emotion around the events and their underlying racial issues, we at Starbucks should be willing to talk about them internally. Not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have answers, but because staying silent is not who we are.

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Schultz announced plans to hold similar open forums for employees across the country including, St. Louis, New York, and Oakland. Last month Schultz insisted investors companies must do more to help the communities they do business with. According to Schultz,

We do not claim to have solutions to our country’s complicated social issues. However, doing what is right for society and doing what is right for business cannot be mutually exclusive endeavors. While it is always safer to stand on the sidelines, that is not leadership.


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What Your Starbucks Habit Really Costs You!

It’s getting a little more expensive to have a Starbucks habit.

The Seattle-based coffee company (SBUX) said Tuesday that it would hike prices by an average of 1% in the Northeast and Sunbelt regions, where prices haven’t been raised in roughly five years.

Starbucks is following the lead of other food companies, including McDonald’s and Chipotle, which have hiked prices in the past year to cope with rising commodity costs.

The company said the average price of a “tall” — the smallest drink — brewed beverage will rise by 10 cents in New York. This morning the price hike was already in effect, as caffeine cravers shelled out $2.01 for a cup of coffee, up from $1.91. The coffee house allows for some regional pricing, so the actual cost of your morning habit could vary. But that could easily bump the price of a large — “venti” — latte over $4 a cup, not including tip.

If one of your resolutions is to cut costs this year, it might be worth noting what your coffee habit is going to cost you over time.

If you buy one $4 latte each day, that coffee habit will set you back $28 a week, about $120 a month and $1,460 per year. Keep that up for five years, and you’ve slurped away $7,300, not including any money you might have earned by investing your cash instead. If you account for missed investment returns, the loss amounts to roughly $9,300 (assuming a 9% average return).

After 10 years, your Starbucks habit costs you a car. After 30 years, the $239,891 that you drank away (including investment returns), could have bought a house. Over 40 years, the Starbucks habit could reduce your retirement nest-egg by an astounding $634,428 — enough to generate an income of more than $2,600 a month.

No one is suggesting that you give up your daily jolt of joe. (This would be a particularly unlikely suggestion from me — the person whose caffeine addiction built that impressive tower of latte cups.) But you might want to consider a cheaper way to go at it.

Costco, for example, sells a 2.5 pound bag of Starbucks French roast for $22; A couple gallons of milk will run another $7. For that $29 — roughly the cost of a week of barista-made lattes — you can have a pot of lattes every day for at least a month. Net savings: $91.

Invest that in a diversified basket of stocks and you could have your jolt and your retirement plan too. Based on these numbers — and investment returns of 9% annually (about the historic average) — the amount you save by brewing your own Starbucks coffee could be worth $481,108 at retirement 40 years from now.

Just something to think about.