A whole latte love is heading to Stumptown Coffee Roasters—PETA is giving the coffee chain, based in Portland, Oregon, a Compassionate Coffee Chain Award for its decision to make oat milk the default option! This is a huge move that helps prevent newborn calves from being torn away from their mothers in the dairy industry, a top producer of greenhouse gases. Stumptown also belongs to a growing list of businesses that don’t charge extra for vegan milks, unlike Starbucks, which still charges its customers extra for choosing the compassionate option.
More people than ever are choosing plant-based milks, and dairy milk consumption declined by 40% over the last 50 years. Stumptown said it made the switch to oat milk as its default option because of oat milk’s creamy deliciousness, increasing customer demand for it, and its smaller impact on the climate.
While Stumptown, Blue Bottle Coffee, Panera Bread, Pret A Manger, Noah’s New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and other chains offer dairy-free milk at no extra charge, Starbucks charges more, despite agreeing that vegan milks are better for the planet than dairy milk. PETA, along with more than 140,000 supporters, has been calling on Starbucks to end the price hike on vegan milks.
We hope Starbucks follows Stumptown’s example and ends the upcharge. Until then, keep the pressure on Starbucks by taking action today: