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Starbucks barista peeks at new holiday cups, posts to Reddit

A Starbucks location in Times Square, New York
Scott Mlyn | CNBC

It looks like Christmas has come early for Starbucks coffee drinkers.

While the company's famous, or, perhaps, infamous, holiday cups aren't due out until November, a Starbucks barista appears to have pulled back the lid and revealed the newest design.

Reddit user DasUberSquid posted a photo on the social media website on Thursday, showing a red Starbucks cup with a sketched pattern of a bird and holly leaves with the caption "I peeked."

"Our holiday plans are still under wraps," a Starbucks spokeswoman told CNBC.

DasUberSquid declined to comment further about the cups. However, Reddit user The_Greenskeeper posted that there are three different designs in each sleeve.

Social media posts about this year's cups began cropping up earlier this week featuring the boxed-up cups labeled with a big red sticker reading "no peeking."

- 'Tis the Season - #tobeapartner #nopeeking

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Consumers have long speculated about this year's design after last year's controversy over Starbucks' plain red holiday cups.

The iconic Christmas cup has featured several winter-themed designs since it first appeared in 1997. From minimalist snowflakes and hand-drawn reindeer to a winking snowman and decorative ornaments, each year the design is distinctive and different from the last.

Last year's holiday cup design was simplistic: an ombre from bright red to dark cranberry. While some Twitter users praised the minimalist design, others thought the cups are a "war on Christmas."