By COLlive reporter
Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse company in the world, is now offering Kosher Cholov Yisroel milk at a location in Crown Heights.
The branch, which opened in the fall of 2014 not far from Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, is located on Franklin Avenue near Eastern Parkway.
The store is often frequented by Lubavitchers from Crown Heights, many of whom requested that they offer milk which is certified Kosher for the convenience of many of the customers, one of the employees told COLlive.
The milk they are serving is the Pride of the Farm brand, produced at Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pennsylvania. It is certified Cholov Yisrael by the Star-K supervision of Baltimore.
The Kosher milk is available at the branch beginning late last week, the employee said. COLlive has learned that this move is part of a growing change at the coffee chain to serve its kosher clientele.
Other branches currently serving Cholov Yisrael Milk are the Park Slope branch at 166 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY and the Prospect Heights branch (Grand Army Plaza) at 164 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY.
Visiting a Starbucks branch has long posed a challenge for kosher customers, as the chain expanded their menu to include hot breakfast items such as bacon and turkey sandwiches.
The Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC) has questioned Starbucks’ practice to hot wash all of its utensils.
“This clean up process significantly challenges the kosher status of the otherwise kosher products and each product must be judged by a competent halachic authority,” it said in 2011.
Most Starbucks branches carry soy and coconut milk certified OU Pareve.
A Starbucks spokesperson told COLlive: “As a company, Starbucks often tests products to gather feedback from our customers and partners, as part of our commitment to bring our customers food and beverages that are locally relevant.”
Starbucks pointed out that “given that we are testing Cholov Yisroel milk in these particular stores, we cannot at this time share additional information about the future availability of this product in any of our stores.”
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