As promised a few posts ago, I’ve been in touch with Starbucks to ask questions about a claim I saw in one of their stores in London: ’100% ethically traded coffee’. I’ve put the whole of our conversation in the comments section (once it clears the spam filter). You’ll see that I’ve just given up. I now get my coffee from a local cafe which sells Fair Trade or I just brew it at home for a small fraction of of the cost of buying it from something like Starbucks. It tastes much better without all the ridiculous foams and sugary things getting in the way of the beans — it tastes like real coffee. Buying from Starbucks doesn’t seem worth the risk of helping to fund something which might be morally awful, and, anyway, it’s easily avoided.
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