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Starbucks Australia Closing Down 61 Australian Stores

Kangaroo holding a Starbucks drink

Starbucks, which has recently announced of its closure of 600 stores in the U.S. has announced that it will close down 61 stores in Australia, 16 of them in Melbourne.

Full List of Starbucks U.S. Store Closures

Update from Starbucks woes in which they plan to close down 600 underperforming stores in the U.S., Starbucks has now released the official full list of U.S. store closures.

Starbucks in Woes, Coffee Fans Delighted

StarbucksOne coffee drinker’s bad news is another coffee drinker’s good news, it seems.

The latest financial woes at Starbucks Corp., which is planning to close 600 underperforming U.S. stores and cutting up to 12,000 full and part-time positions, is evoking glee and little sympathy from aficionados who say they resent the coffee shop giant and favor small independent cafes.

“I’m so happy. I’m so not a Starbucks person,” said Melinda Vigliotti, sipping iced coffee at the Irving Farm Coffee House in New York. “I believe in supporting small businesses. Starbucks, bye-bye.”

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Coffee May Protect Women

Good news for female coffee drinkers!

Drinking large amounts of coffee, even up to six cups a day doesn’t increase the risk of an early death, instead it appears to protect women from fatal heart attacks and stroke, new study suggests.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at coffee drinking and the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or any other cause. They found that people who drank more coffee were less likely to die during 18 years of follow-up in men, and 24 years of follow-up in women.

Women who drank two to five cups of coffee a day were up to 26 per cent less likely to die than abstainers mainly because of a lower risk of death from heart disease. While, women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee daily were 25 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than “non-consumers.”

Those who drank more four to five daily cups of coffee saw their odds fare even better, to 34 per cent reduced risk.

Researchers found similar patterns for men, but the numbers didn’t reach statistical significance, meaning they may be due to chance.

(Source: Canada.com)

T-Mobile Sues Starbucks Over AT&T Free Wi-Fi

Less than a week after Starbucks kicked off its free Wi-Fi, Starbucks now finds itself facing the prospect of legal action for allegedly breaking a service transfer agreement it had in place with T-Mobile USA.

Filed late last week in a New York state court, the lawsuit claims that Starbucks has violated a transitional partnership contract agreed with T-Mobile back in February. Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile USA is seeking unspecified damages on the grounds of breach of contract and unfair competition.

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Starbucks Kick Off Free Wi-Fi

Starting Tuesday, customers who purchase a minimum $5 reloadable Starbucks Card, register online for the Starbucks Rewards Card program, and use the card at least once a month will be available to enjoy two hours of free Wi-Fi a day. However, the two hours must be consecutive. New members also receive a voucher for a free drink.

(Source: USA Today)

Organic Coffee? Think Again

If you get a chance to sip some shade-grown Mexican organic coffee, please pause a moment to thank the bats that helped make it possible according to Jim Erickson of University of Michigan.

In his article, he mentioned pesticides are banned in Mexican organic coffee plantations, but bats and birds work night and day to control insect pests that might otherwise munch the crop. Until now, the birds got nearly all the credit. But a new study from University of Michigan researchers shows that during the summer wet season, bats devour more bugs than the birds at Finca Irlanda, a 740-acre organic coffee plantation in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Wine Is Worse for Brain Than Beer For Women

Daily Mail reported that scientists have claimed drinking wine damages the brain more than beer or spirits.

They say it particularly affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory and spatial awareness, and one of the first areas to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

It could explain why millions forget what they are doing mid-task, or arrive in a room only to forget why they went there in the first place.

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American Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia for Sitting with a Man in Starbucks

Religious police in Saudi Arabia arrest a 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three for sitting with a man in Starbucks. This show how a rare first-hand glimpse of the discrimination faced by women living in Saudi Arabia.

Yara, who does not want her last name published for fear of retribution, was bruised and crying when she was freed from a day in prison after she was strip-searched, threatened and forced to sign false confessions by the Kingdom’s “Mutaween” police.

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Gourmet Coffee Pioneer Dies at 87

Alfred Peet, 87, a Dutch tea trader who started the gourmet coffee craze in the United States with his rich, darkly roasted, high-altitude beans and taught the trade to the founders of Starbucks and sold them their first year’s supply, died Aug. 29 at his home in Ashland, Ore.

His company, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, from which he retired in 1983, announced his death. The cause was not reported.

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