Blob[p]: Gastrono-Me

Mockamore in Utrecht

"Many people may disagree with me, but I love Starbucks. I think it is
very unfortunate that they only have a warehouse in Holland and not a
few coffee bars. (Note: I can’t call Starbucks as a ‘coffee shop’ here,
it might just be mistaken as a place where you can buy and smoke pot.
So I’d better call Starbucks as a coffee ‘bar’). Yes it may be bad for
the local economy (or something like that I heard)…but man, where
else can you order a Venti Decaf Fat Free Cappuccino with Whipped

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2 thoughts on “Blob[p]: Gastrono-Me

  1. I’m with you on this. I’ve heard many times about Starbucks killing “local business” and all that. But they also create a market where there are no good coffee joints sometimes. They are fair to their employees (though maybe not to growers?) and are often less expensive than some of the local coffee shops. Too many people compare Starbucks and Wal-Mart, and I don’t think it’s a fair comparison at all.

  2. I knew the owners of an independent coffee shop killed by SB — I hand-lettered their menu board. They were nice guys and it was sad to see their business fail. But I also know they weren’t offering *their* college-student employees health insurance, while Starbucks does. I may not agree with the faux-Italian names, the bitterness of the roast, or the every-store-looks-the-same decoration scheme, but I can’t argue with giving a lot of young (and not so young) people the health care coverage they so desperately need.

    I suppose this isn’t a selling point in other countries, though, and I don’t know enough about the coffee economy to know what sort of positive or negative impact Starbucks has had.

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