The Leaky Starbucks Cup (And How to Avoid Disaster)

starbucks hot beverage cup

This is going to sound ridiculous.

I know.

But I’m going to share it anyway.

We are slightly addicted to Starbucks.  If you are on my Facebook page, you’re already well-aware of that fact.

But no matter how much I love Starbucks, there is one thing that I can’t stand.  If I am going to pay 50 billion dollars for a cup of coffee (slight exaggeration), WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A CUP THAT DOESN’T LEAK?

It never failed – for the longest time whenever we stopped to get a coffee or other hot beverage at Starbucks, chances were good that we’d be wearing part of our drink before long.  And every time this happened, we realized that there was one consistent similarity – the drinking hole on the top of the lid was hovering over the seam on the cup.

See the seam in question?

starbucks cup

For some reason, the seam renders the cup a leaky vessel.  When the drinking hole on the lid is placed near or at the top of that seam, leaks are a good possibility.

Does the word “seam” make anyone else think about District 12?


The next time you purchase a hot beverage at Starbucks, make sure your lid is not near the seam.

Like this:

This is probably one of the most random tips I will ever share with you.

And I feel better already.

Carry on.

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  • Lisa S.

    Funny…I thought this was a known fact. I think I picked it up in college when I worked as a barista. Strange that Sbux doesn’t have a little sign posted 😉

  • yes! i figured this out too after one too many ruined outfits. if their peitit vanilla bean scones weren’t so amazing, i might consider boycotting…..

  • Snorted out loud over the “evil seam” pic 😉

  • JLL

    Suddenly I don’t feel quite so anal for adjusting my lid so that the hole lines up with the glorious Starbucks mermaid every time!

  • I don’t understand why Starbucks doesn’t fix their leaky lids. If customers are constantly getting hot coffee dripped everywhere, isn’t that a defect that should be addressed? I haven’t experienced this problem at other coffee shops, and for the past couple months the cups haven’t been leaking, but this week I started getting coffee dribbles again. So obviously it’s something that can be fixed.

  • Glenda

    It’s not only about the leaks, On two occasions the lid just popped off and most of the coffee spilled. The cup itself is fragile and the lid is like a big head on a small body, and subject to exploding.

  • Joe’s Bib

    If you’re tired of wearing your $5 cup of coffee, checkout

    Joe’s Bib is a device used to soak up faulty coffee cup leaks and act as a heat protector. Reusable and safe for the environment.