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Planet Starbucks - A little less than a happy high
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Planet Starbucks


I saw this in Starbucks this morning, accompanied by a little sign that spoke of “Starbuck’s commitment to origins.” It is their contention that the farmers who grow the beans that are used for this blend are “guaranteed a fair price for their harvest.”

Interesting.

I stood looking at the pale, earth-toned bag nestled in with all the brightly foiled bags of blue and red sporting names calculated to convey the exoticism of the morning draught of choice. French Roast. Gold Coast. Kenya. Sumatra. Mild and bold blends filling the space on the shelves, each a seeming play on our need for adventure. A safari for our mouths, perhaps. There is only one in the whole array that guarantees farmers “a fair price for their harvest.” I’m thinking that it’s safe to assume that the others do not.

The Christmas Blend’s on me, folks.

Current Mood: okay okay
Current Music: "The Connection"

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From: basha Date: December 17th, 2002 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

having worked in that hell hole

no, they don't. they don't really pay what most people would consider a "Fair Price" even for the fair trade coffees. it's pretty pathetic how much they waste, and how much money they still make.
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2002 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: having worked in that hell hole

My concern over Starbucks getting into the whole "Equal Exchange" project is that it has the potential to centralize distribution and thereby squelch smaller businesses and to turn the growers cooperatives into commercial serfdom.

'Course, I get alarmist like that.
jaimek From: jaimek Date: December 17th, 2002 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I had the unfortante pleasure of being a starbucks employee right after college. What can I say? I was desperate to stay in boston and not move back home. It was a terrible job. They did not succeed at brainwashing me into the "starbucks way" (their answer to all of my "why" questions) during "starbucks school". They are a bunch of crazies, plain and simple.

komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2002 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a "Starbuck's Way?"

That has the potential to be very creepy.
jaimek From: jaimek Date: December 17th, 2002 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Yes. There is a way to do just about everything in the store that doesn't make much sense, but it's the "starbuck's way"
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2002 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose that includes being friendly "clients"?
I knew that cute French barrista wasn't really flirting...
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2002 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Cursed editing

sorry... "to "clients""
jaimek From: jaimek Date: December 17th, 2002 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

I think so. They always wanted us to remember regular customers orders, which I refused to do because I felt that that limits cutomers freedom to change their minds and order something new. Or that was just my excuse for having a really poor memory. Besides, why would I want to clutter my mind with some Beacon Hill snob's coffee order.

But one good thing they do is offer health insurance to part-time workers (20hrs +/week) as well as their domestic partner.
komos From: komos Date: December 17th, 2002 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I go to the "ghetto" Starbucks at Downtown Crossing. With the exception of one or two of the folks behind the counter, they're a pretty surly lot. Fewer Beacon Hill snobs and more students/bike courier types lead to a different adaptation, I guess.

To give props where due, they're a step up from Dunkies because they can actually get an order right.
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