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kleinbl00  ·  754 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DON'T FEAR STARBUCKS: Why the franchise actually helps mom and pop coffeehouses

Sure - but there was a time when all you could buy was Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Schlitz and Hamm's (I need to find that article, too). Starbuck's exists for the same reason - it's the coffee that's always about right.

But fuckin' A if it weren't for Starbuck's there'd be no Caribou Coffee (better), Coffee Bean (better), Tully's (better and owned outright by Starbucks!) or the million and one independent shops. When I was growing up there was nowhere to get a cup of coffee except the gas station. But by the time I was in 10th grade there was a little cafe and by the time I was a sophomore in college there was a bloody Starbuck's and by the time I graduated there were eight cafes in my home town of 20,000 people.

ButterflyEffect  ·  754 days ago  ·  link  ·  
kleinbl00  ·  754 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My bad. You're right. Starbuck's owns SBC which has always been shit.

user-inactivated  ·  754 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Variety is good. Since you've brought it up, as I understand it, ABinBev has been on a buying streak the past few years. I even once heard them called "The Kraft of brewing companies." I wonder if Starbucks has ever been tempted to do similar.

kleinbl00  ·  754 days ago  ·  link  ·