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The post entitled Please Close Starbucks is missing the point.

The closure of a Starbucks in Europe would have a very different effect on a community than closing a Starbucks in a small American city. Please remember, my Dutch friend, America does not have the historic and lengthy coffee culture you are privy to. The shop you reference sounds idyllic - I wish there were more such places in the world. Starbucks may never be that which you describe. However, it does provide an excellent, safe place to meet friends and conduct business.

Also remember, in most American communities, Starbucks is the only place where the difference between a Costa Rican Tarrazu or Sumatra Mandheling is even part of consciousness. Starbucks has brought coffee awareness and education to many an American.

Despite your protestation, a lot of good has been done by this company. It is one of the few to offer access to health care benefits to part time employees. 

I'm not terribly interested in sounding like a Starbucks' cheerleader, but if I do, so be it. I think they are a quality company and a loss of my local Starbucks would be a terrible loss to my community.

Douwe Egberts


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