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Starbucks green ‘holiday’ cup already drawing mixed reactions

Winter is almost here and Starbucks is kicking off cold-weather season by bringing back their seasonal drinks-- served in a new green coffee cup.

Starting Nov. 1, the coffee giant will be serving everything from seasonal specials to plain old java in a special edition cup created by Seattle-based graphic designer Shogo Ota.

The design features dozens of unique figures and faces chatting and posing with cups of coffee. The company says “it's meant to be a symbol of unity, and to encourage us to be good to each other.”

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the cups are meant to serve as a “reminder of our shared values" and foster a sense of community during a “divisive time in our country.”

A company spokeswoman would not confirm whether this cup design was the only holiday edition but said that the rest of Starbucks’ holiday plans are “still under wraps.”

On Twitter, reactions to new green vessel were mixed, ranging from pleased to perplexed to disapproving. 

In 2015, Starbucks caused a stir with its plain red ombre holiday cups. A few Christian groups rallied against the chain for not using any holiday symbolism in the limited edition coffee carriers—and the backlash sparked a nationwide debate over the coffee chain’s true intentions.