Posts Tagged ‘Starbucks’

Starbucks closed

September 9, 2017

The good news, Starbucks closed.

The bad news, Starbucks only closed for renovation.

Seize the opportunity, use the opportunity to explore good coffee shops, see what good coffee actually tastes like, then do not return.

Follow the Lincoln Coffee Trail, Stokes on High Bridge, Coffee Aroma, Madame Waffle, Stokes at The Collection,  The Little Tractor Coffee Shop (within Bird’s Yard at the foot of Steep Hill), Makushi, Pimeneto tea rooms (for tea), Stokes Lawn Cafe [see Coffee Culture in Lincoln]

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Big Business coffee chains

September 15, 2016

Three coffee chains, Costa, Caffe Nero and tax-dodging Starbucks, dominate the High Street and shopping centres. Three coffee chains you will avoid if you love coffee.

It is difficult to comprehend why anyone drinks what is called coffee in these chains, when here is now a wide diversity of quality indie coffee shops. But then it is difficult to comprehend why anyone eats in KFC or McDonald’s.

Chains making millions out of serving poor quality, undrinkable coffee and factory cakes, in a characterless corporate environment.

Starbucks part of the local community? Was that a joke?

If coffee out of a machine tastes the same as that served by a barista, what does that say of the baristas employed by Costa?

Indie coffee shops, serve quality coffee, source quality coffee beans, employ skilled and knowledgeable baristas and recycle money within the  local economy.

Avoid the chains, seek out indie coffee shops and learn what real coffee  tastes like.

Take back coffee culture

May 9, 2016
Jam of the Week

Jam of the Week

Adbusters Jam of the Week:  Take back coffee culture: Support indie coffee shops.

Despite years of backlash, Starbucks can still be found on every corner around the globe. Its efforts to create an ethical image have done little to hide its dominating nature.

For centuries, coffeehouses were meeting places for philosophers, artists and activists. That’s where big ideas percolated and revolutions were hatched. But who wants to talk politics at Starbucks? Despite their attempts to manufacture an atmosphere of creativity and community, Starbucks remains an invasive presence in any neighborhood.

This week let’s break the corporate chain. Take a stroll in your neighborhood and zero in on one independent coffee shop you really like. Get to know the owner and the baristas who work there. Make it the place where from now on you connect with your community and your friends.

A couple of blocks from Adbusters, here in the Fairview Slopes neighbourhood of Vancouver, is a wonderful little indie coffee shop called Wicked. We go there almost every day, often to strategize and cook up campaigns . . . there’s something truly wonderful about being plugged in like that.

This week let’s give the indie coffee movement a worldwide boost . . . let’s walk away from Starbucks and never go back.

This is the revolution of everyday life.

For the wild,

— Team Adbusters

Old Town Square in Prague, girl drinking from a Starbucks takeaway. Another girl approaches, ‘scuse me, can you tell me where I can find Starbucks?

One of those moments when you want to cringe.

Starbucks at Prague Castle

Starbucks at Prague Castle

Prague Castle, the location with the most stunning view over Prague, occupied by Starbucks. A grass terrace, a spiral stone staircase. They were even queuing.

Why do people drink this disgusting coffee? Do they have no self-respect? is there something wrong with their sense of taste?

And it is not only Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Costa, are no better.

Nor is there any excuse when there are quality indie coffee shops, with their own unique atmosphere, where the barista can tell you more than you ever wished to know about coffee, where the coffee actually tastes good, is usually sourced direct from the farms, where you meet interesting people, and they pay their fair share of tax.

If you find an indie coffee shop serving excellent coffee with atmosphere, tell your friends, make it your meeting place.

The very first coffee shops in London were where people went to read newspapers, to discuss the issues of the day.

Creative direct action

January 3, 2015

The march, the petition, no longer work, or at least of limited utility, we need to be more creative and have fun.

UK Uncut, used social media, a day, a date, a time, occupy the tax dodgers Starbucks and Vodafone. It is visible, gets the message across to more people, they even ask can they join in.

Tax dodging would not be even on the political agenda were it not for UK Uncut. There is still a long way to go, tax dodgers are still tax dodging.

Climate Rush have always carried out creative direct action.

Clones of The Trews not a good idea. Far better people establish their own news networks and informations services.

Follow keithpp.wordpress.com ie this blog, to learn what you will not learn elsewhere, and at the same time come across some great music. And Dark Mountain collection on Medium.

Work outside the system. If you play by their rules, you play their game and they are in control.

In Germany, local people are taking back control of their own energy grids. They can guarantee the feed-in tariffs for local alternative power generation, the profits go back into the local community, they can accelerate the trend away from fossil fuels and into renewables.

A coordinated mass withdrawal of funds from one of the banks, trigger a loss of confidence.

Education needs to be improved. Teach the basics, how to garden, how to cook, how to think, how to question.

Would we have austerity, Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public cuts, if people were to question? Would we have the rubbish lying corrupt politicians who do not act for us?

We need the Right of Recall to remove from office corrupt politicians.

We need local involvement, people deciding, participatory democracy, not corrupt politicians dictating to us, the people reduced to election fodder.

For example, mass closure of public libraries in Lincolnshire only stopped by action in the High Court, then Lincolnshire County Council changing its constitution to deny the people the right to petition the council and trigger a debate.

Starbucks does not want you to know what muck goes in its coffee

November 9, 2014
Starbucks

Starbucks

We have the right to know what is in our coffee? What muck Starbucks is pouring into their red cups? Right? Not if you are Starbucks or Monsanto. They are taking Vermont to court to try an overturn a state law that requires labelling.

Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small US State of Vermont to stop you from finding out.

Hiding behind the shadowy Grocery Manufacturers Association, Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labelled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech. Even a local Vermont company, Green Mountain Coffee, has joined in.

Vermont is a small rural state with just 600,000 people. It’s a classic David and Goliath fight Vermont v Starbucks and Monsanto.

Tax-dodging, poor working conditions, disgusting coffee, Starbucks has given us yet another reason to boycott Starbucks.

There is a lot more at stake here than just whether GMO foods should be labelled in a single US state. It is whether Big Business can dictate legislation.

Vermont is the first state in the US to require labelling. many other states have said that they will follow this path — in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont’s law holds under corporate bullying.

That’s why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labeling in Vermont.

Tell Starbucks what you think using their #redcups hashtag.

Please sign the petition to tell Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee to withdraw their support for the lawsuit against Vermont, and stop fighting accurate food labelling.

No1 Top Story in The wk4coffee Daily (Sunday 9 November 2014).

Hijack tax-dodging Starbucks #redcups

November 7, 2014

When you have to pay to get a hashtag trending on twitter, it is a sign of desperation, but that is exactly what tax-dodging Starbucks has done with their #redcups hashtag.

Tell Starbucks what you think of their tax-dodging, disgusting coffee and bad employment conditions using their #redcups hashtag.

It matters little what colour their cups, it is still disgusting coffee, served by a tax-dodging corporation.

If you are drinking coffee at Starbucks you have no idea what decent coffee tastes like.

Tax dodging is not a victimless crime, it results in library closures, hospital closures, potholes in the road, benefit cuts.

Support your local indy coffee shop and drink decent coffee for a change.

We have the right to know what is in our coffee? What muck Starbucks is pouring into their red cups? Right? Not if you are Starbucks or Monsanto. They are taking Vermont to court to try an overturn a state law that requires labelling.

Starbucks hosts … charity fun day

September 14, 2014
Starbucks hosts ... charity fun day

Starbucks hosts … charity fun day

Tax-dodging, poor working conditions, rubbish coffee, and now Starbucks hosts a charity fun day.

It was not so long ago when UK Uncut occupied Starbucks across the country, turned each Starbucks into a crèche to highlight their tax-dodging activities.

Another massive fail by the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor.

This is where the imbecile leader of the council welcomed Starbucks for making Farnborough their home.

Er no, Starbucks opened a tacky coffee shop where people with no self-respect, who are clueless as to what constitutes good coffee are not too embarrassed to congregate and be seen.

Er no, Starbucks did not make Farnborough their home. Their home, their corporate headquarters, is Seattle. Their corporate headquarters for the UK is not located in the UK. For tax dodging Starbucks corporate headquarters for the UK is located in Holland.

How much did Starbucks pay for this cheap greenwash stunt?

Were Starbucks to pay their fair share of tax, they would be no need for Rushmoor First Responders to go to Starbucks with their begging bowl, as such services would be properly funded by the public purse.

Note: A decade or more ago, Rushmoor had an Aldershot Green Day sponsored by McDonald’s!

Sales fall at tax dodger Starbucks

April 25, 2014
Starbucks protest

Starbucks protest

Excellent news, the Starbucks boycott is working, sales are falling at Starbucks.

I would be ashamed to be seen dead in Starbucks, and shame on those who still drink coffee in Starbucks.

Shame too on those who drink coffee in Caffe Nero and Costa.

Caffe Nero is also a tax dodger.

Starbucks have announced they are moving their corporate headquarters from Netherlands to the UK, but this should be seen for what it is, greenwash, they will still be dodging tax.

Disgusting the rubbish piled up outside tax dodger Caffe Nero, North Street, Guildford. Why no action by the local council?

tax dodger Caffe Nero rubbish piled in the street

tax dodger Caffe Nero rubbish piled in the street

Starbucks coffee truck hits town

January 12, 2013
Starbucks coffee truck

Starbucks coffee truck

Costa and Starbucks blitz a town with their rubbish coffee and factory cakes. Several coffee shops will be opened. Planning permission? Who needs planning permission? Just open up, then intimidate to remain open. Not wanted? Who the heck cares, we will steamroller our way into town. Taxes? Why bother paying taxes.

Tax dodging Starbucks have taken this to whole new level. Turn with a huge truck, park up outside an indie coffee shop, then give out free coffee. When you have put the little guy out of business, then move on and park up outside the next indie coffee shop.

Indie coffee shops can compete with Starbucks and Costa, on a level playing field, serve quality coffee and cakes and undercut them on price.

The Starbucks coffee truck is yet one more reason to boycott Starbucks.

Starbucks occupied

December 8, 2012
Starbucks sucks

Starbucks sucks

Starbucks Occupied Islington

Starbucks Occupied Islington

£10 million quid was worth-a-punt, but we-all know it’s-a PR stunt. — chant from protesters

In Brazil to write about tax avoidance. We think we have a problem. Brazil tax authorities fewer recourses than HMRC. Guess the consequences. — Giles Fraser

And don’t forget WE pay their staff too through tax credits because they pay so badly. Our taxes pay their staff’s wages. — Matthew Butcher

Take note: a clever protest on right target, popular cause, can win.Congrats to UK Uncut Starbucks demos. Never despair, change can happen. – Polly Toynbee

Starbucks must be run by a bunch of fools. Did they really think they could get away with it, paying a token amount of tax? All they succeeded in doing was making people even more angry then they had been before.

Today, across the country, Starbucks was occupied.

Actions from Bristol, Brighton, Lincoln, Glasgow.

In central London a creche and women’s refuge were set up in Starbucks flagship stores, and in Birmingham people slept in sleeping bags on the floor to highlight homelessness. In Barnet, activists turned Starbucks into a library, while in York protesters handed out free tea and coffee in store.

Sit-in style protests saw Starbucks branches transformed into refuges, crèches and homeless shelters to highlight the disproportionate impact of the government’s spending cuts on women.

Sarah Greene, a UK Uncut activist:

It is an outrage that the government continues to choose to let multinationals like Starbucks dodge millions in tax while cutting vital services like refuges, creches and rape crisis centres. It does not have to be this way. The government could easily bring in billions by clamping down on tax avoidance that could fund vital services by clamping down on tax dodging.

Responding to Starbucks’ announcement that it will not claim tax deductions in the UK on a range of its tax arrangements and Starbucks statement regarding worker safety, Hannah Pearce, a UK Uncut supporter:

Offering to pay some tax if and when it suits you doesn’t stop you being a tax dodger. This is just a PR stunt straight out of the marketing budget in a desperate attempt by Starbucks to deflect public pressure – hollow promises on press releases don’t fund women’s refuges or child benefits.

I was in Farnham, and I am sorry to say, the apathetic folk of Farnham far from occupying were inside like mugs drinking coffee.