Starbucks New Green Cup Celebrates Connection, Divides Internet

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As Halloween fades into our memories, the holiday season arrives, which means that Starbucks holiday drinks are back. With the drinks come the new seasonal cups, and of course, a new controversy.

The long-anticipated "red holiday cups" are surprisingly green this year.

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The Starbucks green cup is available in U.S. stores for a limited run. They feature line-drawing artwork that shows a diverse group of people.

"The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers. During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other," said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo, in a statement from the coffee giant.

After the Internet erupted last year when Starbucks changed its Christmas cups to solid red cups, it was clear a complete color change would not go over well.

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Some are wondering if the green cup is a limited time specialty before the start of the real red cup season, since a Starbucks employee reportedly leaked the design of this year's red cup. We'll have to wait and see!

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Womanista.com.