A Starbucks twofer

Quick note on Starbucks, before we get to dissing the company. It's not an evil empire. Starbucks is not responsible for the world's evils; it isn't run by a cabal of America-hating former (and future) government employees. In a word, it's not Halliburton.

Starbucks employs a fairly diverse group of people, gives benefits to gay domestic partners and, while the coffee sorta sucks and is absurdly expensive, they do promote from within and you don't hear about mass layoffs. Enough, they're blushing.

Carrie McLaren writes: "As you may (or not) know, Starbucks widely advertises the fact that it sells fair-trade coffee, but whenever customers try to order fair-trade in many stores, they are turned down. So Siel posed this challenge to the readers of her blog:


  1. Visit a Starbucks and ask: "Could I get a cup of fair trade coffee?"
  2. Tell us what happens. Was it hard or easy to get a cup?


Green LA Girl has instructions for both bloggers and non-bloggers [HERE].

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In other Starbucks news, the not-nice empire with nearly limitless resources at its disposal managed to defeat a small business owner in Oregon [correction thanks to commenter mim] with the audacity to name her cafe after herself, Sambucks.

Samantha Buck's cafe reportedly doesn't look anything like Starbucks, yet the corporation believed it was protecting its trademark. That Sambuck's was "diluting" the Starbucks trademark.

I'm no trademark attorney -- though I do eat meat -- but this doesn't really sound like it adheres to the spirit of the law. But I may be wrong. I just wonder if the negative publicity will be worth it. (StayFree! / GreenLAGirl / DailyAstorian)

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