How to Protect Yourself in Starbucks and other Places
Paying with your phone is a good practice, and reduces touch points at the register. Starbucks has a very good payment app.
The bigger problem is the 'condiments bar' where you get the sugar, creamers, and spices. If everyone is touching those, then it becomes an easy place to spread a virus. Its not realistic for a flood of people to be using hand sanitizer over and over again, either. So the solution is to have the Barista do it. The Barista has all of those items, and is the only person touching them.
Just explain what you want, when you order your drink and you will get a great tasting coffee, and will have protected yourself, too!
For $9/Month You can get Coffee Every Day
Once you have subscribed to Panera's new monthly coffee membership, you can get coffee, iced coffee, or hot tea every two hours; all day. Coffee refills can be done any time. They have several coffee flavors brewed, and decaf.
$9 sounds like such a great deal - you would think Panera's would lose money. But many customers do order other things, and laptop users who stay longer might get hungry. Plus you can now order right from your table, and they bring it to you - you dont have to go get in line just to get a sandwich.
The Downside: Panera Drip Coffee is Not Very Good
Of course it depends on personal taste, but we find Panera's coffee to be of poor quality. You can get a better cup of coffee even at Burger King (BK also has a coffee subscription and theirs is only $5/mo, but its limited to one cup of coffee per day). It is disappointing, and Panera could really do so much better; and their food is good. It just does not feel like Panera is committed to good tasting coffee, and thus they make it really inexpensive.
Perhaps if enough people signup, and give Panera feedback, they can improve their drip coffee.