How to get your Starbucks fix now that coronavirus has closed its US stores

Uber Eats is one delivery option.


Starbucks announced on its COVID-19 blog on Friday that it’s closing the doors of nearly every store in the US as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Starbucks cafes are closed in the UK as well. This is the latest step that the coffee chain has taken in limiting the spread of infection. Starbucks said in a statement to “partners” (employees) that stores will remain closed for two weeks.

“We are temporarily closing access to our company-operated cafés and reducing our service to Drive-Thru only in the U.S. for at least two weeks starting Mar. 20,” the company said in a blog post. On March 6 Starbucks stopped filling customers’ reusable cups and on March 15 it began temporarily shutting retail stores and shifting to a to-go model in the US and Canada. Starbucks will continue to pay employees for the next 30 days even if they stay home. 

If the closure of thousands of stores across the US may lead you wondering how you’ll get your next venti double 145-degree oat milk hazelnut latte with extra foam, relax. Here’s how you can still buy your Starbucks coffee.


You don’t have to kick your frappuccino habit yet.

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Starbucks drive-through windows

While you can’t walk into a Starbucks store to order or pick up your drink, you can get it from a location with a drive-through window. Roughly 60% of all Starbucks stores in the US have a drive-thru option, according to a company representative. 

You can either order ahead on your phone’s Starbucks app or order when you get to the drive-through. 

To find out where your closest Starbucks Drive-Thru location is, consult the store locator website, which will zero in on your location, or search the Starbucks app. Once you open the app, tap Stores, then Filter (in the top right corner), and select Drive-Thru. Then tap Show stores.

Delivery apps and services

In January, Starbucks announced a partnership with Uber Eats to bring delivery to 49 markets across 33 US states. There’s even a dedicated Starbucks mini site within where you can check if delivery exists in your location.

Here are some delivery sites that will bring Starbucks menu items to your doorstep. You’ll need to check your area for eligibility and delivery fees may apply. During the coronavirus outbreak, we recommend tipping your delivery driver more.

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Find the exceptions to the rule

Although most of the country’s Starbucks coffee shops are closing, a smattering of shops will remain open. “Some exceptions will be made for those cafes serving in or around hospitals and health care centers in our efforts to serve first responders and healthcare workers,” Starbucks wrote in the statement published online.

Non-Starbucks operated stores

It isn’t clear if Starbucks stores that aren’t operated by the company — but which use its name and products — are still be open for take-out orders, for example Starbucks shops in hotel lobbies. If you’re nearby and jonesing for a cappuccino while practicing safe social distancing, it could be worth checking just in case.

Remember that if you do leave the house during the coronavirus crisis, take these 10 practical precautions to help avoid the virus. Stay up to date on the latest news through phone alerts, and keep from feeling lonely with these seven ways to connect with community while you’re staying at home.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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