Starbucks' use of a running tap to clean spoons used to make drinks.
"The dipper well is a continuous stream of water that basically cleans off the utensils we use to make drinks," Starbucks spokeswoman Tara Darrow said. "If somebody has a soy allergy and the spoon has been used in soy, it makes sure that the utensil is sanitized."
The article, entitled Starbucks in Hot Water over Water Use, is on Seattlepi.com and comments on the excessive water usage as well as the challenges Starbucks is encountering in developing a good alternative. The British "tabloid" article which first "broke the story" is featured in The Sun. It'll be interesting to see what solution Starbucks selects to resolve this issue.