Starbucks Coffee, the Devil, and You

Here is another reason to by Mystic Monk Coffee (and help both me and the Carmelites in Wyoming) and to avoid Starbucks whenever possible.  (Catch up on what they are doing HERE)

CBS Houston:

Starbucks Barista Accused Of Drawing Satanic Symbols In Coffee Foam

BATON ROUGE, La. (CBS Houston) – Sometimes the pleasure of a morning cappuccino is enhanced when the barista draws a pretty picture in the foam.
But a Baton Rouge woman was shocked when she got her beverages at a Starbucks in the Mall of Louisiana.
Megan Pinion accused the barista of drawing a five-pointed star in one drink and the number 666 in the other.
The pentagram, when oriented with the point facing downwards, is often used as a symbol by devil worshipers. The number 666 is associated with Satan in the book of Revelations.
Pinion took a photo of the drinks and posted them to the Starbucks Facebook page.
The company immediately responded, reports The Advertiser.
“We reached out to her through social media and apologized,” said Starbucks social media team spokesman Tom Kuhn. ”We’re taking the complaint seriously. We’re not sure who served her or what kind of beverage it was. It looks kind of caramel-ish in the photos.”


Friends… just buy Mystic Monk Coffee… okay? Because…


… when you are getting ready for a tough day of fighting against the Devil… and who of us doesn’t? … get ready for battle with a hot Fr. Z mug of Mystic Monk Coffee!

We all must combat the three great challenges, the world, the flesh and the Devil. But Mystic Monk Coffee will both prepare you to defeat the forces of the Enemy and also relax you at the end of the day, even if that includes all that… you know… pounding of stakes through vampires and stuff from the movies. After all… if Starbucks gets its way, its gonna be wall-to-wall zombies, baby! Zombies and those creepy things from the gremlin movie and murderous dolls with knives and there will be splits in the time continuum and floating cracks into other dimensions where… where there is no coffee at all! And … and… we are at risk of being sucked into that coffee-less anti-universe where we won’t even be able to reverse the polarity on the big thing!

But, getting back to the point.

Mystic Monk Coffee!

It’s swell!

PS: Got zombies? Think MONK SHOTS!


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  1. SteelBiretta says:

    This is a huge misunderstanding. The barista was a British transplant, had burned himself with frothed milk, and as he was writhing in agony, he tried to etch out a message in the latte for someone to call an ambulance. Unfortunately, the customer received the drink upside down.

  2. LarryW2LJ says:

    Fr. Z,

    Many, many, many thanks for turning us on to Mystic Monk coffee. My wife and her brother, who are both coffee fanatics, think that it’s the best they’ve ever had. I bought my wife a subscription of Monk Shots for Christmas and when the box comes, the coffee aroma fills the house – from the unopened box! Mystic Monk is by far – FAR – the best coffee I have ever had. I would heartily rec commend it to ANY coffee lover.

  3. Per Signum Crucis says:


    Is that where all the notes line up?! Sorry…!

    [Everyone’s a comedian.]

  4. Kathleen10 says:

    I do not want to contend with Chucky or zombies! I am going to buy some of that coffee.

  5. NBW says:

    Perhaps the barista was trying to tell the customer where the coffee had been roasted.

    Mystic Monk coffee on the other hand is heavenly! I’ve never been disappointed with what I’ve ordered.

  6. benedetta says:

    I’ve subscribed to Mystic Monk for so many years now I have lost count…Deo Gratias, there is never any need to visit any chain coffee slinging establishment for a ten dollar beverage, with or without a bored barista’s personal statement to go with it.

    [I hope you subscribed with my link! If not… you can always switch!]

  7. ktfaith says:

    Mystic Monk rocks!!!

    My brother gave me a sample of their caramel beans a few months ago and I loved it. In fact, my husband and I loved it so much that we bought ten pounds of it!!
    Every cup is just so yummy. We keep the monks in mind with every sip.

    [And I hope you used my link. Think about subscribing!]

  8. Poustinik1 says:

    Not to mention…Starbucks is pro abortion and financially supports Planned Parenthood. Easy enough to find the long list of companies that also do the same.

  9. benedetta says:

    Fr. Z, not originally, but then later, but then later still it became complicated when additional worthy causes began Monk subscription links…but yes, changing back, underway!

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  10. KateD says:

    We stopped going to Starbucks because of the gun thing….I didn’t know about all the rest…..ahhhhh!

    When I brought to my husbands attention that EOTWAWKI would leave us coffeeless, as we can’t grow it in our region, or reasonably expect to regularly trade for any and therefore suggested switching to chamomile tea….he started working on plans for a LARGE greenhouse…..for coffee plants….lol.

  11. “Christ our God, bless the food and drink of your servants, for you are holy always, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.”

    And this is why you bless your food with prayer.

  12. Andrew D says:

    I’ve always been more than a little creeped out by Starbucks’ icon. That mermaid-looking thing looks like a sinister, smiling character, designed to lure people into a cult (or the occult). Mystic Monk coffee rocks, I love it!

  13. Kerry says:

    Imagine the global outrage had she frothed in “IHS”, or INRI?

  14. Arele says:

    Yeah, we stopped going to Starbucks after the gay marriage thing.
    Currently using Seattle’s Best at home.
    Might have to try Mystic Monk’s coffee though.
    This really gave me a morning chuckle.

    Besides, who wants zombies and Chucky and all that?
    I’d rather have a slice of heaven.
    Oh, and support this blog too!

    I’ll be sure and use the link here to order when I do…

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  15. BLB Oregon says:

    Perhaps the barista is just a tad bitter that no one will give her a professional wage or forgive the substantial student loans she took out for that expensive degree in gender-inclusive, cross-cultural religious studies. A customer comes in wearing business clothes and ashes on the forehead, and the barista just lost it.

  16. Gail F says:

    That story came out on April 1st, I think it’s just a joke.

  17. BLB Oregon says:

    The Facebook post was dated March 30, and the Huffington Post reported that they talked to a spokesman for Starbucks. The piece gives the name to the spokesman for Starbucks, the location of the incident, the name of the woman making the complaint and her complaint to the Starbuck’s Facebook page.

    The first reply to her post is priceless:
    “I would have baptized him with hot coffee in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

    The next poster complained that he (a non-Christian) is confronted with three “tremendous” crosses on I-10, showing that he does not understand that free speech rights do not extend to other people’s caramel macchiatos.

    To add insult to the injury of the pentagram and “666” on the two coffee drinks pictured in the Facebook complaint, keep in mind that the Starbucks company website makes it a point to note that “macchiato” means “marked” in Italian!!!!!

  18. BLB Oregon says:

    Obviously this was not an Ash Wednesday incident, however. (The woman making the complaint is reportedly Catholic, however.)

  19. Luvadoxi says:

    SteelBiretta–I lived in England with its 999 emergency number. Thanks for the laugh!

    Father–just ordered Mystic Monk subscriptions through your link.

  20. SKAY says:

    What a great way to turn the devil’s little mischief upside down Father Z. You just reminded
    me that I do need to place an order for Mystic Monk Coffee and I will remember to place
    it through your blog. : )

  21. AP says:


    I hate to break it to you, but Seattle’s Best is a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks.
    See here:

    BTW: I just placed my first order of Mystic Monk coffee using Fr. Z’s link.

  22. Supertradmum says:

    When a person is in the wrong place, doing something wrong, like supporting a company which actively pushes ssm and which has a CEO dedicated to sodomy, one cannot expect God to protect one.

    That Catholic should have seen the signs as a warning and repented of supporting that company. At least the barrister is consistent with the flavor of the company’s philosophy.

  23. Supertradmum says:

    PS When I went into a local Walgreens in December, I noticed witchcraft tattoos and other signs on three of the woman in the pharmacy. Of course, I shall never shop there again. We can make choices.

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