They were actually trying to get a Starbucks out here in Iraq on the air base. Luckily, we got a Green Bean Coffee instead. Their frozen Latte makes the 110 degree temperatures all the more worth it.:D
Let's see. I'm 70 miles south of Bangkok in the second or third largest city in Thailand. I am within two blocks of TWO Starbucks. I don't think you should pronounce them dead yet :D
Good less places for smelly hippies and speed freaks to congregate.
Shunned Starbucks in Aussie exit
The mighty Starbucks coffee empire has been handed a heavy defeat by thousands of small Australian cafes in the fight for a nation's taste buds.
Eight years after it began selling its espressos and frappucinos in Australia, the US giant has succumbed to powerful financial and cultural pressures and has closed 61 of its 85 shops across the country.
Savouring a morning cup of coffee has become a ritual for millions of Australians - yet one that Starbucks failed to capitalise on, in spite of the way the chain had become a global cultural phenomenon during the 1990s.
"It was maybe too standardised," says Michael Edwardson, a consumer psychologist in Melbourne.
"Early on it was unique and different, but as it became a global chain the standardisation made it lose some of that coolness and edginess. It was quickly copied and lost its lustre.”
I've had Starbucks a few times before, I dont remember it being bad or anything its just I never really felt the need to come back. There are a little bit too many of them, and for anybody who thinks hippies go to Starbucks I implore you to leave the outskirts of Nowhere, USA at least once in your life.
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