It’s 2016, and even coffee is getting political

November 6, 2016

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Prior to Election Day 2016, Starbucks has debuted a new “green cup” to promote unity in a year of divisiveness.

While Starbucks is still serving their traditional holiday beverages, they just aren’t being provided in the iconic red holiday cup. The new green cups feature an illustration by Shogo Ota, with a mosaic of over a hundred faces drawn in one continuous line.


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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement that, “Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other.”

This attempt at unity comes in a time of controversial election uproar, and while the message is welcomed, not everyone is a fan of the new design.

Users took to several social media outlets to express anger and confusion over the lack of the traditional cups we all know and love. Many thought that the new election-themed cup was this year’s holiday cup, but that is not the case. The new green cup is only available for a limited time. The new 2016 holiday cups, whatever they may be, will follow.

Whatever your cup preference, one thing is for sure: the coffee you loved before will still be the same coffee you love now, regardless of the color of the container it’s being served in.

If you’re eligible, don’t forget to vote on November 8th!

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