O Come, All Ye Chosen
Mid-November means that it’s officially pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha season at Starbucks. (What, you don’t measure time by the seasonal offerings of national coffee chains? You don’t know what you’re missing.) That also means that it’s time for the Starbucks holiday cups, those red, snowflake-bedecked beacons of wintry tidings. A Moment employee who spends many of her non-working hours lugging her laptop from one DC Starbucks to another, dismayed that the cups teetered into Christmas territory, sent the following email to Starbucks:
I love the seasonal coffee cups – when I was at school in Boston it made the winters a little more festive, and red is admittedly my favorite color. But I was wondering if you’ve ever considered doing a Hanukkah themed cup – maybe in metropolitan areas where there are large Jewish communities? The Jewish people have contributed much to the American ethos and American history – I think it would be a wonderful thing to acknowledge the festive traditions of an American community that has played such a role in our nation’s history. And while certainly not everyone in large metropolitan areas is Jewish, I know a lot of friends of mine of various faiths would be delighted by the idea and the inclusiveness, and it would be a great way for parents to introduce the topic of different religions to their children. Just a thought!
Yes, folks. Coffee cups at Starbucks: this is what keeps Moment employees up at night.
But, look! Starbucks wrote back! Will the Hanukkah miracles never end?
I think that your request for Hanukkah cup is a great idea. What I am going to do is forward this to our Marketing team for their consideration.
We definitely want to provide items for a wide variety of customers, and we always want to hear what you think would improve your experience with Starbucks. I appreciate you letting me know how much customers would enjoy this.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to improve what we do.
So if you see any blue-and-white, menorah-spangled cups at Starbucks, you’ll know who to thank.