Monday, May 07, 2007


Bucking the Trend

In the category of you can't win:

You may remember when Starbucks caught some heat for printing this bit of faux wisdom from Jonathan Wells on some of its cups:

Darwinism's impact on traditional social values has not been as benign as its advocates would like us to believe. Despite the efforts of its modern defenders to distance themselves from its baleful social consequences, Darwinism's connection with eugenics, abortion and racism is a matter of historical record, and the record is not pretty.
Now it seems that a godless thought is also not welcomed by the caffeine -deprived:

An Ohio woman is steaming after reading an anti-God message published on the side of a Starbucks coffee cup.

The message that got Michelle Incanno's blood boiling reads:

"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."

The quote was written by Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, Canada, and was included as part of an effort by the Seattle-based coffee giant to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.

"As someone who loves God, I was so offended by that," Michelle Incanno, a married mother of three who is Catholic, told the Dayton Daily News. "I don't think there needs to be religious dialogue on it. I just want coffee."
I don't suppose the "In God We Trust" on the money she used to pay for the coffee falls into the same category somehow. Oh, wait a minute ... having stuff about the national deficit isn't safe either ...

You'd think Starbucks would have noticed by now that people who haven't gotten their coffee yet tend to be grumpy ...

Not that I drink the stuff, but from what I hear, Starbuck's coffee is severely over-priced (and the one time I had a cup of chocolate there, it was awful). Solution: avoid Starbuck's. Embrace alternatives such as this little thing reported in "The Guardian", Apr 20th, 2007:

"Help may be at hand for the sort of person who is in such a rush that they don't have time both to shower and drink a cappuccino - a caffeinated bar of soap."
Well, if you are talking about the coffee and not some flavored concoction trying desperately to taste like anything but coffee, Starbuck's plain "brewed coffee" at under $2 US in the New York City area for a 12 oz. cup ain't too bad. You do have to like it strong, though, which I do.

As for caffinated soap, why the middle man? Just take your bath in coffee ...
Blech ... if there is no alternative I drink Starbucks, but would never have a regular coffee or espresso from them. Somehow, they convinced the American public the primary taste profile of coffee should be "burnt". There is no subtlty to their roasting method.
One man's subtlety is another man's insipid. ;-)

De gustibus non disputum est.
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