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This Utah City Is Getting Its First-Ever Starbucks And The Mormon Church Is Giving Out Tips On How To Avoid The Temptation

Megan Schaltegger
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From Delish

Though there's a Starbucks on every other corner here in New York City (look left and right, you'll see one), that isn't really the case in Utah. Especially at Brigham Young University, a predominantly Mormon institution where the chain plans to open its first location, which is a move members of the church are not so keen on.

In case you're not well versed on the religion, here's why it's an issue: Mormons don't drink coffee, or for that matter, caffeine of any sort. And apparently, they're pretty concerned about the temptation that may come with having an Sbux so close to campus.

In the August issue of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' youth magazine, an official warned readers that "the word coffee isn't always in the name of coffee drinks." In short, you've gotta do your research before ordering anything.

"So, before you try what you think is just some milkshake flavor, here are a couple of rules of thumb: one, if you're in a coffee shop (or any other shop that's well-known for its coffee), the drink you're ordering probably has coffee in it, so either never buy drinks at coffee shops or always ask if there's coffee in it," the warning continued.

And while church leaders have a pretty strict policy on the stuff, according to a 2016 survey in The Guardian, four in 10 active Mormons under the age of 51 admitted to indulging with a cup of joe in the past six months. Coffee may be "against the Word of Wisdom," but according to this survey, it sounds like BYU students are still gonna drink it.

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