From: "Joshua Winkler" < jwinkl@m..>
Date: Wed Aug 20, 2003 12:06 pm
Subject: Starbucks products

6th day of Av, 5763
August 5, 2003

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SG-640 - Starbucks

Thank you for checking with the OU on your Kashruth question.

Only the following Starbucks products, available in Supermarkets, IN CLOSED CONTAINERS, are certified by the OU

Starbucks Caffe Verona Roasted Ground Coffee

Starbucks Expresso Roasted Ground Coffee

Starbucks Coffee Concentrate
Starbucks Coffee Decaf
Starbucks Coffee Extract
Starbucks Coffee Regular
Starbucks Coffee Flavor Locked Bags
Starbucks Decaf Flavor Locked Bags
Starbucks Specialty Sales Coffee
Starbucks Specialty Sales Decaf Coffee

Starbucks Ice Creams

Biscotti Bliss Ice Cream
Brownie Au Caramel Ice Cream
Caffe Almond Fudge Ice Cream
Caffe Almond Roast Ice Cream Bar
Chocolate Almond Chunk Ice Cream
Chocolate Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream
Chocolate Coins and Medals
Classic Coffee Ice Cream
Coffee & Almond Ice Cream Bar
Coffee Almond Fudge Ice Cream
Coffee Cake Streusel Ice Cream
Coffee Frappuccino Ice Cream Bar
Coffee Mousse Crunch Light Ice Cream
Coffee Toffee Crunch Ice Cream
Crema Caramella Ice Cream
Dark Roast Espresso Swirl Ice Cream
Double Shot Chocolate Ice Cream
Dulce De Leche Ice Cream
Espresso Swirl Ice Cream
Italian Roast Ice Cream
Java Chip Ice Cream Bar
Java Fudge Bar
Java Ice Cream Bar
Java Toffee Ice Cream
Javachip Ice Cream
Lowfat Latte Ice Cream
Lowfat Mocha Mambo Ice Cream
Mocha Frappiccino Blended Coffee Bar
Mocha Frappuccino Low Fat Ice Cream
Mud Pie Ice Cream
Vanilla Almond Bliss Ice Cream
Vanilla Cashew Crunch Ice Cream
Vanilla Mocha Chip Ice Cream
Vanilla Mocha Ice Cream
Vanilla Mocha Swirl Ice Cream
White Chocolate Latte Ice Cream

Starbucks Syrups -Consumer Products
Gingerbread Syrup F0232
Caramel Syrup F0208
Creme De Menthe Syrup F0209
Raspberry Syrup F0213
Almond Syrup F0205
Hazelnut Syrup F0036
Irish Creme Syrup F0037
Vanilla Syrup F0160

Starbucks Syrups -Industrial Products
Almond Syrup F0001
Caramel Syrup F0156
Creme De Menthe Syrup F0029
Hazelnut Syrup F0036
Irish Creme Syrup F0037
Raspberry Syrup F0054
Valencia Syrup F0074
Vanilla Syrup F0206

All of the above, in closed packages only, are certified by the OU.

Once these packages are opened, the OU can no longer assume that the contents are free of any polution by additives, creamers, etc. and free from any concerns of contamination from non-kosher equipment.

Q. Are the coffee and drinks in a Starbucks Cafe are under supervision?

The OU does not certify any of the Starbucks flavored Coffees or 'Starbucks beverages' inside or outside of a Starbucks Coffee Shop.

(Are you by chance asking if the Starbucks Coffee Shops are under OU supervision?)

The OU does not certify any of the Starbucks franchise stores. Nor have we heard of any Starbuck's Coffee Shop that is under any Kashruth certification.

We've already told you which coffees are under the OU certification when sealed. The other drinks, flavored coffees, etc available at the franchise store. We have no information about; neither who certifies them nor if they are Kosher, except that the Cappuccino Drinks (in bottles only, we think?) are under the certification of Rabbi Charlop.

As a matter of policy, the OU does not share evaluations of other Hechsherim with the general public for a variety of reasons. We recommend that you discuss these questions with your local Rabbi.

Because Starbucks Franchise stores also sell non-Kosher products, to be permitted to drink a regular cup of coffee in a Starbuck Café would present 'difficulties'. Were the Café to have a Mashgiach present to assure among other things that  There are no other brands of similar products that are substituted for the Kosher kind

There are no non-certified and possibly non-Kosher toppings, syrups on the premises.

The Keilim (equipment) are not used for non-kosher purposes, etc.

We would of course state that one may enjoy having a coffee at Starbucks.

We do not encourage our members to 'sit down and have a cup of coffee' at any Starbucks café that does not have certification - not even if one sits and drinks out of a Styrofoam cup, nor at any other non-certified coffee shop.

Q. "May one pick up a coffee at a coffee shop to drink outside the shop?"

Answer. It depends.

The coffee must come from a large urn and not from a coffee pot, or from a kettle - glass or otherwise. It would thus provide assurance that the urn could not be have been washed in a sink together with Treifa dishes.

One should drink only from a paper or Styrofoam cup not from the store's glass, porcelain or china cups.

The stirring should not have been done with the store's spoon. You may use the paper stirrer provided in the store as long as it hasn't been used

It has to be obvious to any possible passer-by that the only thing you are doing is buying a coffee and nothing else. Don't sit down in the store and
ask the waiter to bring you coffee in a paper cup - others will see you sitting and will not realize that you only want the coffee and not the other food. Ideally, you should pick up your coffee at the designated coffee take-out counter.

Is there a concern that coffee has to have been 'boiled' by a Jew? There are some opinions who say that it has to be boiled by a Jew. That while coffee might be imbibed while it is 'iced', generally people do not drink their coffee cold.

However, the general consensus is that Bishul Yisroel isn't a requirement for drinking coffee.

Q. "Does Coffee need supervision altogether?"


Regular coffee - without flavors - does not require certification. (Obviously for Passover they do require certification). That goes for instant as well as for regular coffee, as well as for decaffeinated coffees. Please note: There are some food items that, as currently processed, are acceptable without specific Kashruth supervision.

However, we must be aware that, in the high-tech world of food technology, processing techniques constantly change. Consequently, the OU is not in a position to publicize that certain foods do not require supervision, in light of the fact that the public would probably rely on this information
even if and when it would no longer be valid.

Flavored coffees - as well as other drinks that are flavored - would require certification, as a great number of flavorings are NOT KOSHER. Some flavorings are made with ingredients derived from insects (carmine), some are made with extract from a cat (civet), and many are sweetened and/ or colored with grape juices.

Please don't hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.

With best wishes for a healthy summer, we remain.


The Web(be) Rebbe

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 From: "Joseph Steinberg" <joseph@the...>
 Date: 3 Jan 2004


Kosher Protocol at Coffee Shops

The following information was from the Star-K's Keepting You Kurrent July, 2003.

Due to the flood of consumer inquiries regarding what can and can not be purchased at local coffee shops such as Starbucks, the Star-K has compiled the following information: