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2003/12/01 16:44:50 (permalink)

Coffee protest

Wonder if this will go down in history like the Boston Tea Party

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2261042
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    i95
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 17:17:02 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by hermitt4d

    Wonder if this will go down in history like the Boston Tea Party

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2261042


    On what grounds ?? (Sorry.)
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 17:25:47 (permalink)
    I thought it was funny. I could picture the instigators coming up with this diabolic plot.

    Clothier - you don't have to be hateful about us Houstonians now.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 17:50:29 (permalink)
    Funny, I used to try that at my high school. Now I just try to glue people's mouths shut at work.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 20:31:59 (permalink)
    There is a lot of irony, no? Wasn't the purpose of Starbucks to provide superior coffee to the typical "corporate" coffee that North America had become famous (infamous for). While Starbucks makes good coffee, coffee to me is about how it is served. I can drink just about any schlop if the coffee comes with a sassy/kind/fun/insert your own adjective here waitress, who either loves the job, the customers or the place, or some combination of the three.

    Ordering a coffee at Starbucks is sort of like what shoveling snow is to loving winter.

    Case in point -- for the first year and a half that I worked in midtown Manhattan, I would go to the "local" Au Bon Pain (coffee chain) every morning for a medium coffee and a croissant. I paid a lot of money for Peet's coffee, which is good coffee, but for the extra price I had to put in my cream, sugar, lid etc.

    One day, I went to the local coffee/bagel street vendor and ordered my coffee. He prepared it with the cream and sugar combo I wanted along with a croissant. By the third time I came to him, he repeated my order to me without me having to ask. Needless to say, I kept going to him even though his coffee wasn't as good and his croissants not as fresh. I was also saving at least $1.50 a day too!

    In short, you can glue a Starbuck's shut, but people have decided they want a premium coffee over friendly, local service. Maybe some Starbuck's have a local feel, but all the city Starbuck's I've been in don't. (Not to mention that from entry to exit can take up to 20 minutes just for a coffee!)

    But brilliant, people now pay as much for a coffee as they do for their libation.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 22:38:25 (permalink)
    clothier: Not embarrassed but still unhappy the invasion of Starbucks closed my fav little coffee house several years ago, a funky little place called Toupees. We tend to be very polite in our protests here , a result of both our genteel Southern heritage and shy, cowpoke ways . "Howdy ma'am. Now little lady, don't get yore petticoats all in a bind, but we're gonna glue yore doors shut for a lil' while. We won't leave no mess, tho, no ma'am."

    I was thinking 'disgruntled former employee,' but 16 stores " />. Maybe something more significant is brewing .

    marberthenad: can't really comment on the Starbucks experience as I've been only once and couldn't help but notice how long it took to get a Cafe Breva. In fact, I avoid not only Starbucks but other coffee chains because of that experience.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/01 23:08:52 (permalink)
    I dunno from Starbuck's, but if you find yourself in Nashville some weekday morning, in search of good coffee, go to Sam and Zoe's. I'll be the fat guy reading the Wall Street Journal.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/02 07:51:58 (permalink)
    Here in Rhode Island Dunkin Donuts end up shutting all the local coffee houses down. My favorite one closed back in July, a new one opened up a few doors down last month, although the french roast is good, the decaf is not (the old place had organic decaf- the best!). Oh well, guess I'll have to live with a pulse rate of 85 beats per minute instead of 60 beats per minute.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/02 10:21:52 (permalink)
    One morning as we were leaving for a deposition in a small East Texas town, the young Starbucks-addicted attorney I was traveling with insisted that we go to the drive-thru for a cup of coffee for the road. I made the comment that I could not believe we just paid 7.00 for plain old coffee, and he looked at me and said, "Well, we got water too!"

    I don't think their coffee is all that great. I do love the coffee that is served at those "Cinnabon" places in the mall.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/02 14:20:57 (permalink)
    They didn't make much of an impression here. It was on the morning news as sort of an "amusing" story and that was it. It was kind of like the two guys that snuck into Memorial park earlier this year and ensconsed themselves high up in a tree to protest something about a logging corportation. They did not last very long - they were gone before Claudette hit.

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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/02 16:11:00 (permalink)
    SNARKY pansies !!
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/04 06:46:44 (permalink)
    There was a follow-up story in the paper the next day (I didn't get a link to post) - similar protests have taken place in other cities, including Chicago and San Francisco, and all they've involved has been glueing doors shut! Something is a-brewing.

    Yes, protesting has changed a bit since the 60s " />.
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    RE: Coffee protest 2003/12/04 09:17:57 (permalink)
    Love the roast? hate the seller?
    Try these guys:
    http://www.alterracoffee.com/

    No bad corp. vibes here, just fine coffee from honest milwaukeeans (sp?)
    We buy via net and skip the whole big 'Buc's thing.



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