On Tuesday, Starbucks began serving its holiday beverages, with the return of its
Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte, and Peppermint Mocha.
But one seasonal mainstay -- the chain's iconic red holiday cup -- didn't return with the classics.
Instead, customers found themselves being served festive drinks in green cups. The cups feature an illustration by Shongo Ota featuring the faces of more than a hundred people, drawn with a single continuous line.
"The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with itspartners (employees) and customers," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a statement. "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."Read More »from Starbucks' new green cups are causing an uproar -- here's why you don't need to panic