Friday, May 11, 2007

Two Messages From Bishop Christodoulos On Evil Starbucks

Sent : Tuesday, May 8, 2007 8:08 AM
Subject : Why I no longer patronize Starbucks

Christos Anesti!

As a Christian I have decided to stop drinking Starbucks coffee. I can no longer do so with a clear conscience.

As boycotting is your right, I encourage you all to do the same.

I have discovered that Dunkin Donuts is pretty good. :-)

+Bishop Christodoulos

See article below:


Dear All,

Following my recent e-mail regarding Starbucks some have written me doubting the efficacy of boycotts and public pressure on corporations such as Starbucks. Below is a recent story about the impoverished Ethiopian Christian coffee farmers and their government dared to defy the giant Starbucks corporation. With the help of public pressure they have succeeded in persuading Starbucks to make a fair deal.

+Bishop Christodoulos
P.S. Thanks to Timothy for sending me the below story


* Following Public Campaign Against Trademark Efforts, Coffee Giant Starbucks Signs Licensing Deal that Could Bring Millions to Ethiopian Farmers *

Specialty Ethiopian coffee beans can retail for as much as $25 dollars a pound in the U.S, but back in Ethiopia, impoverished farmers may earn less than $1 dollar a pound for the same beans. Hoping to take more control over marketing and boost prices, the government of Ethiopia tried to trademark regional coffee names. Starbucks - the world¹s largest specialty coffee retailer - opposed Ethiopia¹s trademarking efforts. In response, Starbucks came under heavy public pressure to sign a licensing deal with Ethiopia. The campaign appears to have worked. Last week, Starbucks and the Ethiopian government released a joint statement announcing they signed an agreement in principle.



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