Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | January 10, 2012

Starbucks lobbied for U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement

“The Coffee Addiction” on CNBC presents some stunning facts:

Coffee is a $30 billion dollar industry.

There are 180 Starbuck stores in a 7-mile radius in New York City alone.

Every detail of a Starbucks is studied, from the round tables and the columns to the baristas facing the customer to perform “theatrics.”

It is perhaps not surprising that Starbucks Corp. lobbied for the free-trade agreement with Colombia,  as well as free-trade with Panama and South Korea, all which Congress approved in October.

Besides Starbucks (with sales of $9.07 billion dollars), America’s fastest growing coffee chains are Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Dutch Bros. Coffee, the Coffee Beanery, Scooter’s Coffee House, Dunkin Donuts, and Biggby Coffee.

The best coffee I’ve ever savored still remains the Juan Valdez organic brand.




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