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Thursday, November 10, 2005

NEWS: Fair Trade Coffee Failure

Tried the challenge in the Starbucks opposite Embankment tube in London.

Barista: Hi
Me: Hi can I get a tall FairTrade coffee please to go.
Barista: Sorry none brewing but can I interest you in either of the blends we have brewing: Christmas or Brazil?
Me: No thanks could you please press me a FairTrade coffee?
Barista: Sorry we cannot do that.
Me: is corporate policy to do it, are you sure you can't?
Barista: Let me check with the manager

Comes back 60 seconds later

Barista: Sorry there is no FairTrade coffee in the store to brew for you. Can I get you something else?
Me: No thanks that's ok. Thanks.

Left the store. Not had a London failure before. Disappointed.



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At 2:38 AM, Anonymous Lee said...

I have recently posted on fair trade coffee over at my blog, please check it out and let me know what you think, I would love to hear your opinion.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Ryan Thibodaux said...

I know I'm a little late to the game here, but I finally did the Starbucks Challenge yesterday. Here's what I posted in a comment at sustainablog:

My results: My wife and I first asked for fair trade espresso for a soy mocha. The nice girl at the counter told us they don't carry any fair trade espresso. Not a surprise.

So, we said to scratch the mochas, and ordered 2 fair trade grande coffees instead. She informed us that they only have fair trade coffee available as whole beans, and that there was no possible way to make us a brewed cup of fair trade coffee (because it wasn't the one day a month that they actually brew the stuff).

So, I'd say the Starbucks on Castro Valley Blvd. in Castro Valley, Ca failed to live up to their policy. Too bad.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hey Ryan

Cool thanks for taking part...not to late at all...the challenge is into round 2 now so keep watching...

Starbucks certainly are...

Have added your comment to the feed.




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