Starbucks Stopped Giving Free Coffee With A Bag Of Beans — But Some Baristas Don't Care

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Sometime last year, I started investing in a bag of $13 coffee beans from Starbucks each month and saving myself a ton of cash. The fact that they also threw in a free tall coffee with the purchase was an added bonus. 

But when I went in for a new bag today, the cashier frowned when I ordered my freebie.

They don’t do that anymore, he said, “But I can give you one anyway.”   

Nice. 

The java giant apparently ditched its free-coffee-for-beans bonus back in October, and even more surprisingly, I found out the perk was apparently ever only intended for loyalty card members. I’ve never owned one. 

But I know for a fact that the last few times I’ve gone in for a bag of beans, they’ve given me a free tall coffee when I asked for it anyway. 

For the record, loyal customers still get a free drink after they’ve earned 12 points on their Starbucks loyalty card.

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