Starbucks Ends Expanded Star-K Kosher Information Program

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From the Star K Website:

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT STARBUCKS CORPORATION HAS DECIDED TO END THE EXPANDED STAR-K KOSHER INFORMATION PROGRAM.

CONSUMERS ARE ADVISED THAT EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE STAR-K CAN NO LONGER VOUCH FOR THE KASHRUS OF ITEMS PREVIOUSLY LISTED THAT DO NOT BEAR A RELIABLE KOSHER SYMBOL THIS INCLUDES FRAPPUCCINOS AND ALL FLAVORED DRINKS.

UNFLAVORED COFFEE RECOMMENDATION REMAIN THE SAME AS BEFORE.

IN ADDITION, THE KOSHER-FRIENDLY STORE PROGRAM IS NO LONGER UNDER OUR AUSPICES.

OUR WEBPAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THESE CHANGES.

CONSUMERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PROGRAM REINSTATED SHOULD CONTACT STARBUCKS DIRECTLY.

CUSTOMERS MUST CONFIRM KASHRUS OF ADDITIVES TO COFFEE BY THEMSELVES BY CHECKING FOR RELIABLE KOSHER SYMBOLS.

Hot Beverages | Ice Beverages

At full service Starbucks stores that serve treif meat, one should avoid buying drinks prepared with equipment that may have been washed with treif equipment. There are drinks (see listed below) that are prepared without any contact with questionable equipment and are acceptable at any store. We cannot recommend any other products in these stores (see items on the list below flagged with an X) unless they are packaged with a reliable certification.

All drinks listed below are permissible under one of the following conditions:

  • The store does not serve meat or cheese items; OR
  • When one is traveling*. According to Star-K policy, traveling creates a sha’as hadchak (i.e., no other viable option is readily available) during which one need not be concerned with the restrictions on the beverages listed below. Traveling means when you are away from your hometown. You do not need to be driving on the highway to fit into the category of traveling.

Please note: Starbucks stores serve cholov stam.

 The following recommendations are for the USA and Canada only.
HOT BEVERAGE ACCEPTABLE AT ANY STARBUCKS ONLY ACCEPTABLE:
a) when traveling*; or
b) at freestanding stores (excludes stores within stores)  that don’t serve meat or cheese items
BOTTLED STARBUCKS DRINKS

(Cholov Stam). with a KD
Yes Yes
CAFFE AMERICANO

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE).
Use disposable cup. Avoid using the “shot” glass.
Yes Yes
CAPPUCCINO

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
Yes
COFFEE, REGULAR AND DECAF No Yes
ESPRESSO

Use disposable cup. Avoid using the “shot” glass.
Yes Yes
LATTE HOT/CAFFE LATTE

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
No Yes
ESPRESSO MACCHIATO

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
No Yes
ICED BEVERAGES** ACCEPTABLE AT ANY STARBUCKS ONLY ACCEPTABLE:
a) when traveling*; or
b at stores that don’t serve meat or cheese items
ICED CARAMEL BRULEE LATTE – EXCLUDING CRUNCHY CARAMEL TOPPING

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
Yes Yes
COLD BREW Yes Yes
ICED COFFEE No Yes
ICED CAFFE AMERICANO

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
Yes Yes
ICED CAFFE LATTE

(Cholov Stam; With Soy/Almond Milk, Pareve, DE)
Yes Yes
NITRO COLD BREW Yes Yes
TEAVANA BLACK ICED TEA No Yes
TEAVANA GREEN ICED No Yes
TEAVANA ICED WHITE TEA No Yes

*Traveling means when you are away from your hometown (this creates a situation of sha’as hadchak – i.e., no other viable option is readily available). You don’t need to be driving on the highway to fit into the category of traveling.

**Whipped Cream can be added upon request. Whipped cream found in most Starbucks stores carries a reliable Kosher certification. Before adding it to the product, consumers must first verify its kosher status by checking the original whipped cream container for a reliable kosher symbol.

7 COMMENTS

  1. It would be advisable to stay away from Starbucks altogether. Whatever you buy at chazer-treif Starbucks can easily be made at home. Starbucks must be made aware that Yidden are no longer going to walk into their chazer-treif stores or buy their questionable products. If they won’t follow simple kashrus requirements than they are treif.
    Would you buy a coffee from a Honeybaked Ham store? Don’t fool yourself!! Starbucks is no different!!

  2. Starbucks has gotten an open public bathroom policy for any filth entering and fits well with their chazer-treif they sell. Certainly not the most hygienic nor ideal place to go to.

  3. I am a teenage girl and I seriously cannot live without Starbucks frappuccinos. There’s a Starbucks right next to my orthodox school and my fellow students go there a lot

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