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For many coffee junkies, the arrival of the Starbucks red holiday cups heralds the arrival of the festive season – even if they do launch in early November.

Every year the coffee giant introduces a new design for the cups, to go along with winter-themed drinks like Toffee Nut Lattes, Almond Hot Chocolates and Peppermint Mochas.

The 2015 cup design is the company's most minimal one yet, but it's already causing huge controversy online.

Why? Some conservative Christian groups are suggesting that Starbucks' plain red ombré cups – with no stars, Santas or trees in sight – are an attempt to "whitewash" Christmas.

"The Red Cups are now an anti-Christmas symbol," writes journalist Raheem Kasan. 

"Subliminally, [customers are] being told/reminded that this time of the year is no longer about Christmas."

Starbucks, on the other hand, says their plain red cups are a "more open way to usher in the holiday."

Some angry Twitter users have gotten on board with Raheem's view on social media, announcing plans to "boycott" Starbucks and calling the new cups a "war on Christmas."

A few have even said they'll tell employees their name is "Merry Christmas" to force them to write it on the cup.

Of course, for the most part, coffee lovers are just excited about the new flavours:

What do you think of the controversy? 


When it comes to seasonal drinks, Starbucks definitely have the monopoly on the latter half of the year.

Any new flavour launched by the company results in worldwide excitement, and it was no different when the Toasted Graham Latte was revealed this morning.

The new drink will stand alongside the Pumpkin Spice Latte to form the coffee giant's limited edition range of autumnal drinks… with special fall-themed cups, too.

For those of you who have never tried a graham cracker (that would be pretty much any Irish person), it is something akin to a Digestive biscuit.

They're made of graham flour, a type of whole-wheat flour which gives them their mealy, sweet taste.

Graham crackers are often used in cheesecake bases, and now they're entering the world of beverages with Starbucks' newest addition.

Described as an "espresso beverage with steamed milk, flavours of graham and sweet cream and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles," the Toasted Graham Latte sounds DELISH.

And we reckon it'll be much more universally appealing than the strong cinnamon spice of the PSL.


Avery sharing our #New #ToastedGrahamLatte and #ApplePoundCake #tobeapartner

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But – the big question – will the Toasted Graham Latte be available in Ireland?

Sadly it seems like the new drink won't be making it over to this side of the pond, with official press statements saying it's just a US and Canada addition.


Happy Fall! #starbucks #toastedgrahamlatte #fall

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Starbucks Ireland have made no mention of the new drink on Facebook or Twitter, nor have they responded to questions about it today.

A visit to our local branch of Starbucks revealed that staff knew nothing of any new additions, though we were told that there IS hopefully another flavour coming in November… "Spiced Apple or something."

For now though, we'll just have to be happy with Pumpkin Spice, and the return of the Toffee Nut Latte, Eggnog Latte and more come Red Cup season.


Like the Coca-Cola trucks, the Brown Thomas windows and the Late Late Toy Show, the Starbucks red cups are a sign that Christmas is well and truly on the way.

With the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte last month for autumn, we knew the Christmas flavours wouldn't be long coming. But things are about to get even more festive this year with the arrival of a NEW drink – the Chestnut Praline Latte. Call us "basic" if you like, but this news has us VERY excited.

The drink was released in a few branches in the US last year as a test run, and it looks goooood:


Early morning #Starbucks! New Flavor: Chestnut Praline!!! Amazing!

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​The Chestnut Praline Latte is the first new Christmas beverage to be released by the coffee giant in five years, and it will accompany our old faves, the Gingerbread Latte and the Peppermint Mocha. 

It apparently beat the Cherry Jubilee Mocha to win a place on the Christmas menu. Couldn't we just have had both?

The new drink has "flavours of caramelized chestnuts and spices" and comes topped with whipped cream plus a light sprinkle of praline crumbs. Nom. Roll on November 12th!

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