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in praise of starbucks

of course, the coffee is not as ‘good’ as Seven Seeds (Melbourne) or Wilton’s (for those in Hackney), but let’s admit that coffee is not good, no matter how fair-trade it is; the free market martyrdom of agricultural land from local sustenance to international stimulus etc. As a tourist with no Japanese language in numerous Japanese cities, starbucks is a social safe place, with free wifi and the same flavours (black/white/hot/iced) of coffee everywhere. I don’t care how much tax has been avoided by this multinational, because here is the world’s flagship starbucks in Harajuku; mossy and lush and with ample space and designer furniture for a 3-hour wifi catch-up, with sunshine and shade and no obligation to drink.

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