- Starbucks' iconic holiday cups will be in stores starting November 2.
- This year's cups feature four different designs. Plus, the red cup is back, but in a different way.
- The cups are often a frequent target of controversy over the years, but these are probably safe.
Every year, the world looks forward to the holiday season and all that comes with it — , Christmas dinner, and of course, the Starbucks holiday cups. The festive cups are the official sign that the holidays are here, and fans are usually excited when the cups roll out.
But the reactions aren't always positive. brought about a bit of controversy, as fans of being anti-Christmas due to the minimally-designed cups. And while more creative cup didn't garner negative reactions, had because they believed the two figures holding hands on the cup were a same-sex couple.
This year's cups are unique, yet still a bit more traditional than usual, which will likely help Starbucks avoid any controversy.
The cups will be available in Starbucks locations starting November 2, and there are four different designs this year, much like the . Starbucks said this year's cups are inspired by the holiday seasons of years past, and the Starbucks creative team called upon their own holiday memories to create the cups. And while each cup is different, all four options feature a stripe of white, black, and dark green on the back.
The striped cup is designed with a fin, which is the sealed seam that runs along the back on each bag of Starbucks coffee. The cup features red and dark cranberry colors, and is also accented with stripes of white and rose gold.
The espresso houndstooth design is inspired by the Starbucks Christmas Blend Espresso Roast, and the fire-like graphics are meant to represent the intense flavor of the espresso.
The flora cup features holly leaves and red berries against a cream background, and the holly is said to be a callback to the similar designs on the holiday cups in 2013 and 2017.
The stargyle option features white stars against a background of interlinking green diamonds, and it was inspired by the Christmas Blend from 1999, which featured an illustration of a couple placing a star on top of a holiday tree.
However, those red cups aren't totally gone. If you order a holiday drink on Friday, November 2, Starbucks will give you a free limited-edition reusable red holiday cup. And from November 3 to January 7, customers who bring their reusable holiday cup to a participating Starbucks location will get 50 cents off their grande holiday drink after 2 p.m.