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June 2011

Dr. Rojo says, “Very good, but you are too far north. Meow.”

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SRCH Grand Prize

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How do you Customize your Frappuccino® Blended Beverage?

Summer is finally heating up and many of you have already played around with all the different ways to customize your Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and discovered new favorites. But do you know about all the different ways you can customize your Frappuccino?! You can build your beverage completely from scratch or you can take an old favorite like Caramel Frappuccino® Blended Beverage or Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and customize it with any of these options:

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Free 10-Song Summer Mix

Frappuccino® blended beverage fans, your friends on the music team here at Starbucks have a gift for you.

Beginning June 6, when you purchase a Frappuccino® blended beverage, your barista will hand you a free 10-Song Summer Mix playlist of our favorites, available for download on iTunes while supplies last. Some of the artists may be familiar while others may be discoveries, but there's something for every summer activity.

Death Cab for Cutie's breezy "Underneath the Sycamore" (U.S. only) may prompt you to pull out a blanket and basket and enjoy that Mocha Coconut Frappuccino® blended beverage picnic-style with a friend, while Parts & Labor's "Rest" will likely cause you to open the sunroof, crank the music and head for open road. Booker T. Jones’s twist on "Just a Friend" (featuring the song’s writer, Biz Markie, as well as Sharon Jones, and the National's Matt Berninger) may spark a spontaneous dance party, so proceed with caution. Our friends We Are Augustines (former members of one of our favorites of all time, Pela), will make you want to give your bicycle (or motorcycle, if singer Billy McCarthy has any say) a spin on a dusty country road.

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Find All Kinds at the Crossroads

Names like Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and Fleetwood Mac are instantly recognizable. They’re musical institutions who’ve endured, rising and falling through the decades but never vanishing from the public eye.

Take Stewart, for example. He’s been a rock star, a pop superstar and, of late, an interpreter of standards of the George Gershwin/Irving Berlin variety. He’s featured on our new Blues-Rock Crossroads compilation (as are all the aforementioned artists) in his earliest popular incarnation – as a new arrival reared on rock ‘n’ roll but captivated by the blues.

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Eddie Vedder and the Mighty Uke

Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

The ukulele has had its ups and downs. The plucky little instrument, which has been experiencing a resurgence of late, was all the rage in the Jazz Age, when crooners like Cliff Edwards (aka Ukulele Ike) and George Formby popularized the inexpensive, portable and easy-to-play instrument.

The rest of the 20th century, however, was less accommodating. Tiny Tim stirred some interest in the late ‘60s with the novelty hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” but that brief moment in the spotlight was followed by a long stretch when it was treated as a bit of a joke. But no more.

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Our Dedication to Embrace Diversity

At Starbucks, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. We are deeply dedicated to our core values – to embrace diversity and treat each other with respect and dignity. We’re committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for everyone. Moreover, we look for ways in which we can honor and celebrate the diversity of our partners as they, too, represent the communities that are home to our stores.

We are disheartened by the allegations reported in an East Coast Starbucks store and are taking immediate measures to investigate and take any steps necessary to make this right. The actions reported do not correspond with our values, who we are as a company or the beliefs we try to instill in our partners.

Starbucks has supported the LGBT community for many years, and we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We have one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for LGBT employees in the United States helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities in which we live and work. Our benefits program has always offered domestic partner benefits in the United States and Canada, and Starbucks partners actively participate and organize local LGBT events in their communities. We’re also very proud of the 100% score we received on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. We will continue to work very closely with this organization and others on topics relevant to the community.

UPDATE: Many of you have asked to hear specifically what, if any, disciplinary actions are taken as a result of our investigations into this incident. As this is a personnel matter, it is our policy not to provide such details regarding those steps.

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