Take the Starbucks Challenge

CityHippy and greenLAgirl have joined forces to present the Starbucks Challenge. The idea: find out if Starbucks is serious about its commitment to selling fair trade coffee:

According to its own policy (PDF), Starbucks will make fair trade coffee for you, any day of the week, in the 23 countries it is licensed to including: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.

But just how easy is it to get a fair trade coffee in a Starbucks in one of those countries?

We aim to find out.

Join the challenge:

1) Simply visit your local Starbucks and ask: “Could I get a cup of fair trade coffee?”

2) Tell us what happened next. Was it hard or easy to get a cup? You can see our first posts here.

I’m on board, and I hope you’ll join in, also. I think I’ll have to wait until the weekend, though — in Jefferson City, the only Starbucks is in Barnes & Noble… I don’t know if those count. On the other hand, though, my older step-daughter works for Starbucks. I’ll see what kind of inside info I can get…

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