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  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The F Word: Starbucks Lawyers Go After Cottleville Brewery for "Frappicino" Beer

    Starbucks Coffee Company is six dollars richer after going after Cottleville's Exit 6 Pub and Brewery for calling a drink "the Frappicino." After receiving a cease and desist letter from the coffee giant, brewery owner Jeff Britton sent "Mr. Bucks" a letter apologizing that three of his customers r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Flying Saucer Starbucks Lifts Off in Midtown [Photos]

    When the Del Taco at 212 South Grand Boulevard in Midtown closed in the summer of 2011, a grassroots coalition of urban preservationists and locals who just like cool things, damn it, banded together to save the iconic midcentury-modern "flying saucer" building from demolition. The result of their e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Tidbits from Del Taco, Tsevis' Pub & Grill

    - Alderwoman Marlene Davis revealed a few weeks ago that Chipotle and Starbucks would be the new tenants of the shuttered Del Taco at 212 South Grand Boulevard -- a.k.a. the "Flying Saucer," which preservationists rallied around last year after developer Rick Yackey revealed his initial plans to de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Starbucks Vs. the Pretentious Coffee Snobs

    Gut Check International Headquarters is fueled entirely by coffee. Fun fact: Many of us have served time as baristas. Therefore, the piping-hot cups of wonderful hold a special place in our hearts, in addition to allowing us to function as reasonably normal and productive members of society. But be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    The Ballad of the Bitter Starbucks Barista

    Meet Christopher Cristwell. Like many Starbucks baristas past and present -- I speak from personal experience here -- he has very strong feelings about his customers and their orders. Unlike many Starbucks baristas, he wrote a song about those feelings, recorded a video of himself playing that song ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Starbucks' Peeping Tom Problem and Five Other Things We Don't Want to Find in a Public Restroom

    Image viaWould you eat this if you found it in a Starbucks bathroom? We suggest not doing so.​Gawker reported yesterday that yet another a hidden camera was found in yet another Starbucks coffeeshop. A plumber tasked with fixing pipes in the men's restroom found the cell phone-sized camera. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Starbucks is Not Your Carry-Out Dining Room

    ​Who doesn't love a picnic on a gorgeous summer day? Bonding with nature over a picnic lunch. Or perhaps bonding with a chair on a Starbucks patio plunked in the middle of a parking lot. From where Gut Check is sitting at this moment, drinking a Starbucks-purchased latte inside a Starbucks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Heroin Purchased Near Webster Groves Starbucks, Says Drug Counselor

    ​Everyone knows you can get a shot of espresso at the Starbucks on Webster Groves' bucolic square -- but it took a parent forum last month at Hixson Middle School to start the rumor that it might be a good place to score some heroin too. During the forum, which addressed adolescent drug tren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Starbucks Pitches a Trenta

    StarbucksA new size and a new logo (above) are among the changes at Starbucks.​Once upon a time, there were only two drink sizes at Starbucks: the eight-ounce short and the twelve-ounce tall. Now, of course, tall is the de facto small -- short cups are still around, though Starbucks rarely (if eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    European Union Proposes Ban of Cloned Foods and Livestock Cloning

    The European Union hopes to ban the sale of cloned foods and the cloning of livestock in 27 countries. Bloomberg reports that the plan would last five years and give the industry an opportunity to improve the health and care of cloned animals and their surrogate mothers. Who wants a Venti Zinfande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi

    Image source​As if the instant coffee and custom Frappuccinos weren't enough (and they probably weren't), Starbucks has now decided to offer free Wi-Fi to all its customers starting July 1. Previously customers had to pay for Internet access in two-hour increments through their Starbucks card ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.5

    The U.S. Senate votes to increase the food-stamp rolls. (AP)You know who disapproved of President Obama's "beer summit"? The Women's Christian Temperance Union. For reals.Starbucks tries to make an impersonal coffee experience even more efficient. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Java Enabled: How Do You Store Your Beans?

    The only time I've ever had something remotely close to an argument with another coffee drinker was over how beans should be stored at home. How often have you heard of someone storing their beans one way and thinking, "Oh god, they're ruining that coffee"?For me, the greater question is why there's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Java Enabled: 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, Starbuck's New Detour

    15th Avenue Coffee and Tea opened in Seattle last weekend. While a coffee shop opening in Seattle hardly qualifies as "news," this was different, thanks to the "inspired by Starbucks" etched on 15th Avenue's front door. This is Starbucks' latest attempt to return to its roots with a greater focus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.23

    A court rules that a hog farm owes its neighbors for the stink. (Kansas City Star)Starbucks posts a profit, beats analysts' expectations. (New York Post)See how to milk a camel! (Serious Eats)

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Java Enabled: Have Coffee, Will Travel

    One of the things I love most about travel is getting the chance to try new cafés. (As I wrote last week, some coffee aficionados base entire trips on this premise.) But even when your travels won't lead you to some undiscovered java gem, you might not want to sacrifice the comfort and security of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.21

    A new report finds the greatest drop in restaurant visits in nearly 30 years. (Reuters)Will mobile slaughterhouses be the next big thing in locally-sourced food? (AP)Starbucks is experimenting with coffeehouses (not called Starbucks) that also serve beer and wine. (USA Today)

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.3

    American country hams are making a comeback. (New York Times)Speaking of ham: A giant feral pig, the stuff of Internet legend, turns out to be...true. (Fox News)Yet another Starbucks reinvention: This time, its food is getting a makeover. (Reuters)

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Java Enabled: Is Coffee Recession-Proof?

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Is coffee recession ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.23

    Is the sustainable-food movement truly ready for its moment in the spotlight? (New York Times)Something fishy? A government report on fraud in the seafood industry. (USA Today)A tremendous rise in U.S. pork exports last year. (AP)Whole Foods and Starbucks team up to offer an alternative to the contr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Java Enabled: The Rise of Joe Double-Shot

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Last September, McDo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.9

    Peanut Corp. of America lied to the FDA when it said it hadn't knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted peanut-butter products. (Los Angeles Times)Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants all federal food-safety programs under one agency. (AP)Starbucks announces its first ever breakfast combo deals. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Breaking: Starbucks to Close 300 More Stores, Cut 6,700 Jobs

    MSNBC reports that Starbucks will close 300 additional stores and cut 6,700 jobs, both at those closed stores and at its corporate offices. The coffee giant saw its profit drop 69% during the first quarter of its fiscal year. No word yet on where and when the closings will occur.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.26

    In today's news: the food crisis, trouble for Whole Foods and Starbucks and the world's biggest cheesecake.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11.3

    Vote tomorrow and Starbucks will give you a free cup of coffee. (Dallas Morning News) The melamine scandal in China continues to grow. (International Herald Tribune) No more Miller beer in England, only Miller Genuine Draft. (Off License News) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Cooking for Your Cat: Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. An update on last week's post: Starbucks is not a better cook than the Quaker Oats Quaker. At least not in my humble opinion. Bess hasn't registered her not-so-humble opinion, mostly because she refused even to try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Cooking for Your Cat: Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Maple and Brown Sugar

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. Ian sent me this blog post a few weeks ago. Apparently Starbucks sent samples of their new healthy choices breakfast menu over to The Consumerist and editor Ben Popken's cat, Captain Duvel Moneycat, fell in love, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    The Dish: Starbucks Orange Mango Banana Vivanno Gut Check reviews a single dish. The Location: Starbucks The Dish: Orange-Mango-Banana Vivanno The Cost: $3.75 The verdict after the jump...

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Starbucks: Once More, With Energy!

    Starbucks continues its attempts to reinvent itself. First, the struggling behemoth returned to its roots, rededicating itself to better brewed coffee. It bought the company that manufactures the high-end Clover coffee-brewing system and introduced the new -- albeit very bland -- Pike Place Blend as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.1

    Farmers are planting fewer acres of corn, which could mean even higher food costs. (AP) On a related note: The number of Americans using food stamps is reaching an all-time high. (New York Times) A little bit of good news for anti-Starbucks coffee geeks: Although Starbucks has bought the high-end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.20

    In case you missed yesterday's post: Big changes afoot at Starbucks, including the acquisition of the company that makes the $11,000 Clover coffee-brewing machine. (Seattle Times) A new study finds that your gender makes a difference in what you like to eat. (AFP) -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Starbucks to Reinvent Itself, Buys the Clover Company

    Starbucks has announced what amounts to a significant overhaul of the company's business model. You can read the press release right here. Coffee geeks will take special note of this: Starbucks has bought the company that manufactures the $11,000 Clover coffee machine. It will become a proprietary S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.26 Congress is holding a special hearing today to question food-firm execs about recent safety issues, of course including the recent recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef. (CNN) In response to yesterday's story: The head of Slow Food says French cuisine doesn't deserve spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    But Where Will I Buy My Paul McCartney CD?

    Today's New York Times looks at Starbucks' struggles. Nothing we haven't read before, but I'm linking it because the author's angle is interesting and vaguely local: He compares a Starbucks closing in Kansas City with the success of the independent coffeeshop next door. -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.8 Yesterday, the Morning Brew led with an analysis of Starbucks' problems. Later that day, the company replaced its CEO, James L. Donald, with Chairman -- and by far its most well known executive -- Howard Schultz. (New York Times) China assesses its work in strengthening food saf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.7 Is Starbucks in trouble? This analyst thinks so. (Guardian) (Full disclosure: I used to work at Starbucks, blah blah blah.) McDonald's is booming in Great Britain, which we learned last week loves fast food more than any other nation. (AFP) Disney World bans children ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Bookplates: Starbucked

    Gut Check reviews new(ish) food- and drink-related books. A few years ago, I got a job as a Starbucks barista. As part of my training, I had to attend coffee school. The instructor was named Ernie. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of coffee production, from farming t ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2007

    Buckin Backhoes

    Unreal does the "Thriller" dance, sips Starbucks with a fellow ex-barista and ponders the logistics of a backhoe rodeo.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2007

    Review Preview: Rooster

    "Hmph! Enjoy your crêpe, son of a silly person." Cr�pes are ethereally light, supple enough to pair with chocolate or cheese, fruit or meat, and delicious enough to eat plain. Yet — and this is a mark of how seriously the French take everything food-related — crêpes ar ... More >>

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    February 22, 2006
  • Dining

    January 4, 2006
  • Music

    June 29, 2005

    Head Over Feet

    We sip java with Alanis, investigate podcasting and figure out what those concert tickets are really worth

  • Dining

    February 2, 2005


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