Yay for your green tea latte!
Hey, I figure I spend so much on coffee EVERYWHERE that it's all just fine. When I'm traveling, I must confess to great joy at finding a Starbucks in an otherwise coffeeshop free town.
No convenient Starbucks? How horrible. I think I'm withing 10 blocks of 20 of them right now.
It freaked me out when we went to Stuart Florida. They don't seem to have a Starbucks outside of the airport. I mean, is that legal? I thought occupancy by more than 3,000 people was dangerous and unlawful. Even Phoenix has an armload of them.
I have a silly story from our time in Stuart. This little girl walked past Sharron, coming from the opposite direction. She passed about three feet to Sharron's right, never bumped into her or anything like that, and her mother scolded her for passing someone without saying "excuse me". We both had simultaneous flashes of the mayhem that would result in Times Square if people actually did that.
Don't feel guilty about patronizing Starbucks. They're a great start-up business for an independent investor. They not only say they value their employees, they act like it. I've heard that if enough people ask for a particular baristta (sp?) by name, that person gets a bonus. It's only fair. He or she is bringing in business. They brought back the coffe house. They have fair trade programs throughout the world to help coffee growers get fair pay for their products. They have environmental programs. They're a positive force in this world. Go enjoy your green tea latte with a light heart. You're keeping good people in business.
Now I have to go get one of those this afternoon.
I never realized how much I missed Dunkin' Donuts until I moved to San diego. I wish you could send one of those 33 out here!
as for sturbucks... meh
Premiered the Green Tea Lattes? They've been selling them here for at least the last few months. They're yummy.
I feel badly about patronizing Starbucks only if I know that they forced out an independent coffee shop in the same area. Some have, but not all of them and there are quite a few locations that can support a whole lot of establishments.
On the other hand, I'll go anywhere for coffee if I have to. And I do mean anywhere.