UPDATE: Chaviva has more info from the OU that makes this not so simple.
I'd heard about this issue from ASoG's uncle a week ago when he apparently received the cRc's statement earlier than it was anticipated, but he cautioned us not to necessarily act on the information at the time. But now it seems that the rumors were true.
Check out Chana's post and the official statement from the cRc regarding the kashrus of beverages at Starbucks.
Aside from all those first dates I took to Starbucks - including ASoG, and my own problematic consumption of hot beverages during those dates, this means we've lost (at least for now) one of the most, if not the most prevalent first/early date locations.
I knew I should have stuck with the Naked Juice.
Perhaps all is not lost. There may be a way we can still use Starbucks as a date location: Maybe Naked Juice or those fancy Artesian waters will become the new alternative beverage of choice. The price difference between a bottle of one of those versus a standard Star Bucks hot beverage is pretty negligible anyway.
What do you guys think?