Starbucks has revealed its annual holiday cups – and they are surprisingly festive and non-controversial.
The four cup designs, unveiled Thursday, all feature variations of green and red – with mistletoe, red stripes, and green argyle patterns contributing to an overall Christmas-y theme.
The cup tradition has become a beloved winter staple for coffee-lovers since the company first offered holiday cups in 1997.
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This year’s decision to make the cups undeniably seasonal, however, comes after years of controversy surrounding the coffee chain’s holiday cups.
“We listened to our customers,” said Roz Brewer, Starbucks’ chief operating officer, and they said they “loved the tradition of Christmas.”.
In 2017, Starbucks faced backlash for introducing holiday cups covered with seasonal doodles – including one of two gender-neutral hands being held.
The cup was declared by many a campaign to promote a “homosexual agenda” by Starbucks.