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Published on: January 2, 2013 09:29 PM
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This undated photo provided by Starbucks Corp., shows a reusable cup. (AP Photo/Starbucks Corp.)This undated photo provided by Starbucks Corp., shows a reusable cup. (AP Photo/Starbucks Corp.)

New York - Starbucks Corp. is rolling out a $1 reusable plastic cup at its cafes starting Thursday.

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The Seattle-based coffee chain already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills. Now it’s hoping the new cups — which bear its logo and resemble its white paper cups — will increase the habit.

As with other reusable cups, the new cups will be cleaned with boiling water each time customers bring them in. The cups were tested in 600 stores in the Pacific Northwest over the past few months and will be rolled out nationwide and in Canada.

In 2008, Seattle-based Starbucks had said it wanted to serve 25 percent of all drinks in reusable cups by 2015. That goal has since been reduced to 5 percent.


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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:40 PM common-cense Says:

Uch!! eeuww!! Foy!!

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 10:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Wait!!! The cup I bring in is not the same cup I take back? Or will they be cleaning my own cup each time?

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 10:48 PM disgusting and NOT GREEN Says:

Although I read that the cups will be washed with boiling water I still recoil. Starbucks, alone in the fast food business, will now put their reputation in the hands of every worker that might or might not be thorough enough. And yes, coffee does splash around a bit. Maybe the risk is negligible but still!
The green issue is of more concern. Reusing cups saves a bit of paper but the waste of fuel, causing pollution and carbon waste that usually entails is substantially wasteful.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 06:02 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #3  
disgusting and NOT GREEN Says:

Although I read that the cups will be washed with boiling water I still recoil. Starbucks, alone in the fast food business, will now put their reputation in the hands of every worker that might or might not be thorough enough. And yes, coffee does splash around a bit. Maybe the risk is negligible but still!
The green issue is of more concern. Reusing cups saves a bit of paper but the waste of fuel, causing pollution and carbon waste that usually entails is substantially wasteful.

1) Starbucks is certainly NOT alone. Every food business relies upon workers to be thorough in cleaning.
2) This is not recycling in the classic sense. There is little "carbon waste" (sic)(carbon footprint?) from washing cups in the store.Not the same as curbside recycling which entails trucking, industrial separation, etc.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 07:04 AM Respect Says:

Reply to #3  
disgusting and NOT GREEN Says:

Although I read that the cups will be washed with boiling water I still recoil. Starbucks, alone in the fast food business, will now put their reputation in the hands of every worker that might or might not be thorough enough. And yes, coffee does splash around a bit. Maybe the risk is negligible but still!
The green issue is of more concern. Reusing cups saves a bit of paper but the waste of fuel, causing pollution and carbon waste that usually entails is substantially wasteful.

Starbucks creates steam and boiling water at unbelievable levels. Drawing steam from the system for cleaning cops is pretty efficient.

Kol hakavod to Starbucks for doing what they can to help the greater good. Even if it is good for PR, everything I have heard about the leadership says that they truly care.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 07:31 AM Reb Yid Says:

Another kashrus problem at Starbucks.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 08:23 AM from-here_to-there Says:

When I read the article - I assumed that once you bought the cup it is yours and the cleaning is a courtesy and not that they will be mixing and matching your cup with someone else.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 10:53 AM I drink my own coffee at home Says:

What's the difference between cleaning your cups and getting someone else's than getting dinnerware at a restaurant that someone else ate off and it's been washed?
Why not just BYOC (bring your own cup) and get a discount on the coffee? (It won't have Starbucks logo on it and it won't advertise for Starbucks)
I say there should be the option to have either a disposable cup or reuse your own Starbucks cup, just wash it yourself and have them fill 'er up, with a discount of course.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 04:29 PM ShmuelG Says:

Does anybody actually save a cup they used and bring it up next time? All this for a dime? People ought to get lives.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Respect Says:

Starbucks creates steam and boiling water at unbelievable levels. Drawing steam from the system for cleaning cops is pretty efficient.

Kol hakavod to Starbucks for doing what they can to help the greater good. Even if it is good for PR, everything I have heard about the leadership says that they truly care.

But I don't believe that the Starbucks employees will wash each individual customer's cup before filling it with coffee. That means, the customer will not get back their own original cup. I would stay away from such a deal. It is different than reusing glass bottles for soft drinks. Less hygienic.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #6  
Reb Yid Says:

Another kashrus problem at Starbucks.

And a hygienic problem, too.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 06:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
I drink my own coffee at home Says:

What's the difference between cleaning your cups and getting someone else's than getting dinnerware at a restaurant that someone else ate off and it's been washed?
Why not just BYOC (bring your own cup) and get a discount on the coffee? (It won't have Starbucks logo on it and it won't advertise for Starbucks)
I say there should be the option to have either a disposable cup or reuse your own Starbucks cup, just wash it yourself and have them fill 'er up, with a discount of course.

Customers already have the option of bringing in their own cup.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 09:35 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

They ought to sell ceramic cups and stuff with the place name of each store. They could make a fortune off of collectors.

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