Tampa coffee customers react to Starbucks’ green cup controversy

Starbucks cup photographed on October 26, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks)
Starbucks cup photographed on October 26, 2016. (Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks)

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) — It may look like a simple green cup but it is causing controversy across the country.

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Starbucks is rolling out a new green cup meant to be a symbol of unity during this divisive time.

In a statement on the chain’s website, Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz wrote, “The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other.”

It features a mosaic of more than a hundred people drawn in one continuous line, but that sentiment of unity did not sit well with some folks.

One twitter user wrote: “@Starbucks Screw you. My coffee should not (and does not) come with political brainwashing. I dropped @Starbucks like a hot rock.”

Folks at one Starbucks store in Brandon tell News Channel 8 they care more about what’s in their cup than what’s on it.

“It’s ridiculous…it’s a cup. It’s a paper cup, you are going to throw it away,” said customer Stacey Robbins.

“I don’t care at all. I care what’s inside. It keeps me up, keeps me running,” said customer Hector Rivera.

This isn’t the first time Starbucks has been in hot water over their cups. Last year, the chain stirred up more than just espresso by introducing plain red cups for the holidays, removing what it called ”symbols of the season”.

Important to note, this new green cup is not the chain’s annual holiday cup. That design should roll out in the near future.

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