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Halifax Hydrostone 'Welcomes' Starbucks

Some local businesses say "Bring it on" to mega corporation

by Lee Park

Once construction is complete Starbucks will open its doors in the heart of the Hydrostone.
Once construction is complete Starbucks will open its doors in the heart of the Hydrostone.

Many small business owners in the Hydrostone are confident that their superior product will keep customers loyal to local java. 

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Ha!

 Remember kids:

Only assholes drink from papercups; boycott star(f)(b)ucks

information source?

After listening to the the broadcast, I found it interesting to listen to the skewed perceptions of what people think Starbcuks is, and what they think Starbucks coffee (quality) is. While not all Starbucks coffees are currently certified organic (a process which is lengthy and costly to farmers), all coffees ARE eithically sourced and gorwn with an attempt at all coffees being so by 2015. What does this mean, it emans that Starbucks has help set up farmer cooperatives in coffee growing resions where it sources it's beans. As for the comment about Starbucks chemically preparing it's beans, I'm curious to know the validity of the source of this information. From everything I have read (and information is available on the website), Starbucks coffee is prepared and roasted to ensure HIGH quality, and does not use chemicals. (sidenote: Typically, chemicals are most often used by many coffee producers in preparing decaf coffees as it is difficult to wash the beans without compromising flavour and quality). All in all, I found the 'negative' comments about Starbucks to be 'typical' of those who see it only as a coroporate giant, and not a company that has built itself from the ground up, one cup at a time. For a better understanding of the core values of this company, please visit the link posted to read the mission statement: http://www.starbucks.com/about-us/company-information/mission-statement

I'm sure someone reading this will think that I've been 'brain-washed' by a heartless, corporate monster, but if most people took the time to truly learn about what Starbucks offers its partners, communities, and the values by which it drives its business, then people might also make a more informed decisision as to whther or not they truly disagree with what Starbucks is. Is Starbucks perfect? I would say no. Am I perfect? Again I would say no. Are YOU perfect? You be the judge of that, but I would hazard a guess that the answer just might be 'no' as well. Do you have to shop at Starbucks? No, but do not hate on those who choose to. I sometimes choose to check out the uniqueness of some independently owned and operated cafes to see for myself what individuality and creativity exists in the coffee world - and I love some, and have chosen not to go back to others. But when I want a cup of coffee or a latte and do not want to compromise freshness, or quality, I know I can go into most any Starbucks and get what I am looking for.

Thanks for appreciating my point of view.

Agree with Insider

While I always am a little weary of the big chain companies coming in.....
the information suppiled in by the shopkeepers in this broadcast was just plain uninformed. Do some research before you start slamming a company that is going out of its way to offer an ethical product while keeping up with demand.

While this subject can be

While this subject can be very touchy for most people, my opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that youve added relevant and intelligent commentary here though. Thank you! pari sportif

While this subject can be

While this subject can be very touchy for most people, my opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that youve added relevant and intelligent commentary here though. Thank you! pari sportif

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