Top Secret CIA Starbucks

On this ‘National Coffee Day’ we thought we would bring you the story of what is undoubtedly the country’s most top secret coffee shop-- where even the baristas are subject to background checks and arduous interviews just to brew a cup of joe.

One of the busiest Starbucks in the United States lies within the confines of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, VA. The building is so secure that the thousands of agents who work in it rarely leave for a coffee break in the middle of the day—turning the CIA Starbucks into a crowded mecca with lines stretching out the door and down the hallways.

This top-secret Starbucks, “Store Number 1” as the receipts cryptically read, doesn’t write the names of its customers on cups—privacy reasons of course. Baristas are frequently briefed on security risks and are not allowed to tell friends and family where they work—just that it is inside a federal building.

Despite the fact that these undercover agents don’t get to laugh at how the baristas spell their name or even use a frequent customer card, the staff does what they can to make their customers feel like they are waiting in line at any other shop. The store looks just like your neighborhood Starbucks with posters of coffee beans lining the walls and bakery items in the display cases.

The customers joke they need the coffee more than most—they have to be awake and alert at all times and often in offices and cubicles without windows. The sugary Frappuccinos and lattes at the ‘Stealthy Starbucks’ keep the CIA running—literally!

Happy National Coffee Day--

Starbucks takes a stand against the government shutdown

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is fed up with lawmakers inability to resolve the government shutdown. He wants Congress to come together to fix the problems in Washington and he is willing to give away free coffee to generous customers who set an example. Earlier this week, Starbucks announced plans to offer a free cup of coffee to any customer that purchased a beverage for someone else.  In a memo to staff, Schultz said the offer was a way to help his fellow citizens "support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country."

The coffee giant has also started a petition-- a peacemaking effort of sorts--that asks officials to reopen the government, pay U.S. national debts on time & pass a long-term budget deal by the end of the year. Schultz plans to share the petition with business leaders and anticipates they will gather "a lot" of signatures.  The petition will be available starting today [Friday] at all 11,000 U.S. locations--

So what do you think about all of this? Should a business CEO take matters into his own hands? What kind of impact--if any-- will this have? Would you sign the petition?  Share your thoughts with us on the blog or via Twitter @BretBaier and if you have photos please send them our way! We will share them on social media! 


Photos: A message from the Starbucks iPhone app advertising free coffee to customers who purchase a drink for another person. Second photo was taken at a Starbucks location on Capitol Hill about 2.5 blocks from the U.S. Capitol as a way to help furloughed workers. 

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Starbucks-- how much would you pay?

The popular coffee house, Starbucks, has introduced a new cup of coffee that will cost you a whopping $7 a cup! Costa Rica Finca Palmilera will run you about $6 a cup for a tall or $7 for a grande and $40 for a half pound bag! What do you think? Too much or worth the price? Have you had a cup yet? Let us know your thoughts!



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