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Coffee lifetime

Soup, answering Nora about this:

To clarify, Schultz stated that the plan is to dispose of coffee after it has been sitting for 30 mins. What is this all about!? For the most part, I’ve known Starbucks to be an environmentally responsible company, but the comment above clearly communicates otherwise.

This is actually what most respectable coffee vendors do. When I worked at Bruegger’s Bagels in high school, their limit was 20 minutes. When you see little timers stuck to the big drip pots, that’s usually what they’re for.

If it makes you feel any better, the employees and shift managers rarely obey out the corporate standard on this one because they’re lazy and don’t want to ruin their metrics. (Trust me, it’s not an environmental statement. Retail is a hideous business.)

As retail and food-service waste goes, this is a fairly minor offense.