Yay! I can finally buy coffee at Starbucks now.
And they say Chris Martin achieved nothing
Their coffee may be fairtrade but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped their bullying corporate business practices…
I see Starbucks almost everywhere.
I thought I lived in the only place in the UK where there was not a Starbucks. I took pride in that. Not any more though. Yes folks that backward town centre of Hounslow is getting a Starbucks.
For over 20 years the council has been trying to renovate the town centre. I expected a Cinema, new shopping mall… there was even talk of a nightclub.
All we get is an Asda some of flats, budget hotels and a ****ing STARBUCKS.
Their coffee may be fairtrade but that doesnâ€™t mean it will stop sucking so badly…
That’s true, their coffee is one of the worst I’ve tasted coffee shop wise…
aha! sunny we will be watching!
mind you stocking ‘fair trade’ coffee is a good start, but not the only index of ethical behaviour. they’re not ‘fairly’ trading with respect to london’s independent coffee shops. But we’re seeing lots of people refuse to go into a boring starbucks and go into a ‘local’ cafe – so that’s good.
good one kismet
read nef’s clone town reports – the standardisation of britain’s towns is appalling. at least in london here and there you have some diversity. thank god for stokey and places like that.
we need to think bigger than what goes into the damn coffee-cup.
and by the way, starbucks is terrible for your health – only silly Americans would drink coffee in those sizes of cups. in the go as well!
Why go Starbucks when there is far more going on in the independents?
The last time I went into Starbucks, they were asking me to pay more because I wanted fairtrade. That should be enough of an indication of where they really stand.
So it didn’t surprise me when I heard the report that they were going fairtrade to bolster their declining business. It wont work.
The coffee tasted the same in Shanghai as it did here -overpriced and nothing special. And their prices for pretentious biscuits are unbelievable.
I would like to see the fairtrade coffee producers open their own chains in competition with the likes of Starbucks. That would be a cooperative worth supporting!
People should only go to cafes whose owners don’t pronounce the ‘e’ in ‘cafe’. Then we really would be supporting traditional British cafes.
Sorry Rumbold, I’ve been to the caffs too; and they are dreadful. They pride themselves in being able to rip-off the poor. Most of their coffee seems to be chicory essence.
What we need is good honest value.
Still, it is the only public place where you can read the Sun and feel highbrow.
Now we know what Rumbold gets up to in his spare time…
#14 ‘feel highbrow’
you mean look down on the whiff-whaff?
Well, those that ‘read’ the Daily Star.
I’m sure he only buys it for the articles, Sunny…..
as in cor blimey look at those whiff-whaffs?
And their prices for pretentious biscuits are unbelievable.
Too right. We don’t have a local Starbucks, but CaffÃ¨ Nero is no better. I’m more a pot of tea and a cheese scone man myself.
Coffee Republic, anyone ?
You been hanging out with Boris? What has table tennis got to do with Coffee? Did you meet him while in Beijing during the Olympics when he gave that speech? Did you go to the Shanghai branch of Starbucks to discuss Whiff Whaff?
No, Jonathan Ross actually.
Ahhh so you have been leaving dodgy messages on Sunny’s answering machine then.
im sorry ..fairtrade or not….IM NOT PAYING Â£3.00+ for a coffee!
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