Nov. 1 is the unofficial start of the holiday season, and Starbucks kicked it off by releasing its classic winter favorites - like the Peppermint Mocha Latte and the Chestnut Praline Latte - served in a new green cup.

"One continuous line"

starbucks is known for its trademark red holiday cups, but the chain released a green cup this season for a limited time, with a design that symbolizes unity. The design features the faces of 132 people drawn “using one continuous line,” according to the artist’s website.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and CEO, said that the design represents the connection between the coffee chain and its customers.

“During a diverse time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” said Schultz in a press release.

The artist behind the green cup

The cup was created by Shogo Ota, a Japanese artist living in Seattle, where the multi-national coffee chain originated. He created his own design company, Tireman Studio, in 2012. Ota began working with Starbucks in 2014 on various projects, including murals and posters. He plans to recreate his green cup design on the windows of the Starbucks store in Times Square in New York City.

The drawing includes faces of many global citizens, including Ota’s friends, wife, grandmother and mother, and many others who inspired his imagination.

Otawas quoted in the Starbucks' comapny blog, saying, "[I am] Just drawing everybody together in one line. People together. That sounds pretty peaceful to me."

What about the signature red cup?

A Starbucks employee allegedly leaked a photoof this year's red holiday cup online earlier this week, which includes the green logo and a white winter design on the red background.

But, the chain surprised its customers with the release of the green cup instead of the red cup on Nov. 1. The green cup is available in U.S. stores for a limited time, which means the red cups shouldbe back in time for the holidays.

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