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Fall Coffee Drinks

That morning cup of joe is getting dressed up for the fall season at several of the large coffee-centric chains. They are offering seasonal drinks that promise to keep customers warm as the temperatures fall.

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The outpost is the work of Chief Digital Officer Atif Rafiq, whose charge includes boosting the chain's cred with a younger, more digitally savvy audience.

A new pay scale will be introduced in January, raising the take home of baristas and shift managers. Meanwhile, visible tattoos are now permitted everywhere but on staffers’ faces, and employees can add a dash of personal flair, like a scarf or a pin. Restrictions are still in place for some body piercings.

To visitors, the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room looks and feels like an upscale java lovers’ theme park. Starbucks execs see the interactive coffee shop and restaurant, just blocks from the company’s original store at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, as “the next generation” of Starbucks.

Among the surprises: Hard Rock ranking as Number 4 and the QuickTrip c-store operation, at Number 6, being regarded as a restaurant chain.

An upswing in sales from phone-toting consumers has prompted Starbucks to complete the U.S. rollout of its Mobile Order & Pay service more than three months ahead of schedule.

A new initiative from the chain helps workers earn college credit and defray the cost of getting a degree.

Howard Behar’s guiding principle in shepherding Starbucks along that path was his people-first philosophy, with an emphasis on conjuring the right culture.

Customers are being asked to return metal drinking straws after some children cut their mouths.

The chain has ceased the sale of booze at over 400 restaurants.

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