February 5, 2007

Protestors get steamed

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Refusing whipped cream, frilly toppings aren't the only thing that has these protestors steamed over Starbucks' $4 lattes. Laughing Squid caught the protest taking place in New York the other day. Apparently "Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping" invaded a local Starbucks to protest Starbucks opposition to Ethiopia's plan to trademark specialty coffee names. From the Rev's website:

"Let’s dance and exorcise some cash registers! Confront Starbucks for stealing the trademarks of Ethiopia’s ancient coffees, like Sidamo and Harar. Honor the destitute farmers by defeating the $4 latte!"

Hmm, something tells us that it'll take more than some "clever" crossing out of letters and logos to defeat the caramel coffee goodness.

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It may not defeat the coffee giant, but I bet there's a bunch of people reading this post who may think twice about it. Just a little dent in the armor.

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