First sign language Starbucks opens in DC In this May 29, 2018, file photo, a barista reaches for an empty cup at a Starbucks in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File/Dave Dugdale/Flickr)
First sign language Starbucks opens in DC
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Coffee drinkers in the nation's capital can now order that tall pumpkin spice iced skim latte in sign language.

Starbucks opened its first U.S. "signing store." This is to better serve hard of hearing customers. The store in Washington is just blocks from Gallaudet University. It is one of the nation's oldest universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students.

Marlee Matlin is the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award. She posted an Instagram video of herself ordering a drink. "The sign for the week is COFFEE," she wrote.

Starbucks announced in July that it would hire 20 to 25 deaf or hard of hearing baristas. They will work at the store.

The store is modeled after a similar Starbucks signing store which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016.

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COMMENTS (22)
  • Nicke-kor
    11/14/2018 - 10:24 a.m.

    add a quiz plz and i luv starbucks coffee

  • ArmaniC-lin
    11/15/2018 - 01:30 p.m.

    i really love this article it is very under standing

  • J'ArvisT-lin
    11/15/2018 - 01:33 p.m.


    THX for the great details I wish i had the pumpkin spice in my hand

  • BenC-E2
    11/19/2018 - 11:39 a.m.

    I think it is good that the community is helping deaf people get jobs! good for that community . what do you think ? I hope you read this one !

  • C14126
    11/21/2018 - 09:36 a.m.

    I think that it is a great idea and that it is a very nice thing to be doing.I this because it welcomes people that cant hear and invites them in and it makes them feel like you care!

  • C14600
    11/21/2018 - 09:44 a.m.

    I think that it does send a message and the message is very powerful. It's all about inclusivity and how it should not be something in America or anywhere. And the fact that they let 25 deaf workers be baristas is amazing. I definitely recommend this article to all ages.

  • BenP-E2
    11/26/2018 - 10:58 a.m.

    This article was about a sign language starbucks coffee opening. I think this is a good idea because it would be hard to order coffee if you were to be deaf. people that are deaf can now order that tall pumpkin spice iced skim latte in just sign language, as fast as any person would be able to. Whoever thought up this idea must have a genius!

  • Edileh-E2
    11/26/2018 - 04:20 p.m.

    I enjoyed this article because it involved sign language. I thought, can people without hard hearing circumstances buy stuff there?


    So this is the end of my comment but I am going to share my favorite starbucks drink.


    My favorite drink is the double chocolate frappachino but without the coffee! whats your favorite drink?

  • Jack-E2
    11/26/2018 - 04:22 p.m.

    I think this was a great idea and they should do more of them and do them with other businesses I wonder if the people who work there are deaf or had to learn sign language

  • Rachel-E2
    11/26/2018 - 04:27 p.m.

    This article is about how deaf people can work at Starbucks. I think it is cool that people respect the deaf. I think this because not a lot of deaf people can get jobs. The deaf people deserve to be able to make money.

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