As local COVID-19 regulations are changing and mask mandates are lifting across the country, chain restaurants are taking notice and updating their policies. For Starbucks, which recently changed its mask rules for vaccinated guests, this includes bringing back the use of reusable cups.
Last year the coffee chain suspended its use of reusable cups as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, on June 22, reusable cups will once again be allowed in Starbucks shops but with a brand new contactless model.
Starbucks reusable cup model is a key part of the brand's commitment to reducing single-use cups when possible, they wrote in the announcement. The company is also bringing back the promotion that offers customers $.10 cents off their drink when it's served in a reusable cup.
The new process, which will launch in-store only for now, only accepts clean cups from customers. Customers will place their clean travel mug in a ceramic mug and keep their lid. Baristas will then pour the drink in the reusable cup—only touching the ceramic mug—before handing it off for customers to cap themselves. This model is meant to eliminate as much person-to-person touch contact on one reusable cup as possible.
No news yet on when reusable cups will be accepted at the drive-thru. Get all of your sparkly travel mugs and spiked Starbucks tumbler cups ready for June 22, y'all!
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