Starbucks to serve booze


In an effort to reel in more customers, a Starbucks in Seattle will begin serving beer and wine to their customers starting next week.

The store will be renamed “15th Ave. Coffee and Tea,” and will host live music and book and poetry readings. You know, like what a local coffeehouse used to look like—before Starbucks.

All products sold will also be re-branded to match the store’s name, and espresso will be brewed manually, rather than from an automated machine.

The coffee company plans to test its new approach in two additional Seattle stores but don’t expect it to happen outside of the city anytime soon. It’s only a market test.

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