Reader-submitted: [See Editor’s note below] So there I was, at my neighborhood Howell Starbucks, thinking all was good. I get my usual Pareve ice coffee, add my vanilla soy milk and away we go right?
As I sit by the counter, I began to watch in horror , as the ice coffee pitchers, (plastic) were being placed in THE SAME DISHWASHER AS THE BACON AND CHEESE SANDWICH Plates, together! YIKES!
While you might be able to find some Heter, somewhere out there in cyberland, I was horrified and to think this Starbucks is packed with Frum people all day. We would never do this at home. Maybe I’m at fault because people see me here and think Starbucks is ok for Frum people. I only buy the iced coffee , but I see people buying all types of goodies all day??
I believe this is a major issue and being swept under the rug by the naive masses who think it’s only coffee and are really, really ignorant of Halacha. Let the buyer beware.
PS, The good news is, that the Starbucks locations that don’t serve hot food, don’t have this problem and are ok according to most Poskim.
Editor’s note: The Star-K released the following information about Starbucks, along with a comprehensive chart:
We recommend one avoid buying drinks that are made with equipment that may have been washed with treif at full service Starbucks stores that serve treif meat items. (Starbucks kiosks do not serve meat.) We, therefore, recommend the following: