Why I Will Never Buy Another Starbucks Coffee

September 6, 2005 § 8 Comments

I admit it, I love Starbucks coffee. It has been a regular indulgence of mine for many years. But I will never buy another Starbucks product again, because I have children for whom I am responsible, and who are old enough to read what is on the cups I bring home. This morning my cup expressed this edifying sentiment:

“My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving (sic) someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.”
— Armistead Maupin

(The sic is mine, naturally, to highlight the semantic error).

Adieu, Starbucks.


§ 8 Responses to Why I Will Never Buy Another Starbucks Coffee

  • cmatt says:

    A dollop of Hershey’s syrup, a tablespoon of Nesquick, some cream, and you’ve got a mocha latte every bit as good as SB’s, for about three bucks less.

  • William Luse says:

    I hardly ever have occasion to drink the stuff, but I’ll show this to the wife and kids.

  • zippy says:

    cmatt: yeah, but I haven’t figured out how to make the green tea frappucino at home yet 🙂

  • c matt says:

    If you like green tea, you should try Argentinian yerba mate. Good stuff. Never had it cold, though.

  • A Philosopher says:

    I’m all in favour of consumer activism, even when it seems wildly unmotivated to me. But can I mention that cmatt’s Hershey suggestion is a bit problematic, given Hershey’s reliance on a West African cocoa market that is very heavily driven by child, and often slave child, labour? I’d go for fair trade chocolate instead.

  • zippy says:

    It isn’t a matter of consumer activism. The Hershey’s bottle doesn’t feature gay agitprop for the edification of my children.

  • Chris says:

    By your “sic” comment at the end are you trying to say loving someone can be a semantic error? Or that if two people are of the same sex, they can’t love each other?

  • zippy says:

    I am implying that “engage in buggery with” is not synonymous to “love” (and indeed is in many respects the opposite).

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