Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks

I love coffee as much as the next guy (who loves coffee). Two or three really strong espressos a day is not unusual. I’m also someone who can drink a strong coffee minutes before bed and still sleep like a baby.

But, as we all know, there is a lot of crap coffee out there, most of it perpetrated on society by the Borg-like chain store coffee houses like Starbucks and Gloria Jeans. Well, my friends, salvation (and good coffee) is at hand!, or the Starbucks Delocator is a project encouraging the use of independent coffee houses. Here’s their opening spiel:

Caf??s are vital social outposts that have historically provided subjective, social, local, and at times, irrational interaction, inspiration, and nourishment to artists, hipsters, musicians, activists, intellectuals, radicals, and others alike. Currently, independently owned caf??s around the world are under aggressive attack; and their numbers have been sharply decreasing for many years. is a means to preserve these local businesses.

What a great idea! And better, they provide their entire site code and db schema for download so you can run your own Starbucks Delocator node!

However, here’s the rub. Given the risk of corporate smackdown by the coffeehouse giants, they dare not use the name Starbucks Delocator, so boingboing and Stay Free! Daily are encouraging a Google campaign to link to by the preferred Starbucks Delocator.


I think we need an Aussie version, I may just set one up. Anyone want to offer some free LAMP hosting and a domain?

5 Replies to “Friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks”

  1. All I’ve got to say is, “It’s about time!”

    I more or less grew up in a few independant coffee shops and I’ve always been of the opinion that Starbucks was not only crap, but demoralizing!

    It’s nice to hear they’re being delocated.

  2. As Eric Cartman would say, ‘What a load of tree-hugging hippie crap’. The reason Starbucks is so successful is that people like having friendly staff and easy coffee in a comfortable environment. Also they know how to make money. In fact they create wealth – look how many actors and actresses are now able to eat.

    You coffee snobs are welcome to your surly, dirty, ‘are you cool enough’, communist coffee houses.


  3. I’m happy to see someone tring to fight the coffee machine. We need to protect us small cafes that could strive if it wasn’t for the “Walmart” of the coffee industry. Don’t get me wrong I’m in no means affraid of Big-Green, but I just can’t stand seeing 2 Starbucks in the same shopping center. When does commerce stop and greed begin?

  4. Hmmm, having spent the last 4 years in Vienna I must say that I was not surprised that during the last year Starbucks aggressively tried and succeeded in entering the domain of the Austria coffee culture with all their “jugendstil” little caf??s. And it also didn’t surprise me that a lot of young people went there regardless of the quality or price of the coffee. It’s the hip thing to do, tr??s cool as the French would say. I still prefer the small Viennese caf?? over any Starbucks… Vienna even has its own little chain called “Aida” superb coffee and superb cakes. It’s all about choice. The consumer has all the choices, which one he makes is really up to him, no matter how much you rally or try to influence “trends”.

    I thought France has good coffee but I was taught otherwise. Must be the water…

  5. Starbucks seems to be taking over the world. I’ve tried their coffee and I dont understand why so many people enjoy it. Its not very good. I’ve tasted much better in the little mom and pop resturants.

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