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Farewell Starbucks


It is time for me to say adios to my backyard coffee vendor. Goodbye Starbucks.

We are not parting on bad terms. In fact, I appreciate how St. Arbucks has always been there for me when I could not find a quaint, local-flavor coffee shop that had a beverage that was at least as good. Though I am not a big fan of their normal coffee, I do enjoy a Starbucks frappucino, caramel macchiato, and mocha–especially with a bit of peppermint added. But my consistent patronage must end. I will still be able to come and see you from time to time when I am on the road, but no more visits in my hometown. This also goes for my other local coffee shop that has such amazing pastries. Though I may still stop by, it will be very, very rare.

As we move into another part of our town where Christ needs to be exalted among an exploding, low-income minority group, I don’t find any of your stores for miles. The roads that demarcate where my new people reside are still at least two miles from your kind, green sign. Though the future place(s) for my work on all things digital while interacting with the people on some level is not clear, I will find a spot where the language and culture reflect the people rather than my more accustomed, U.S. environment. My drink(s) of choice and normal fare will need to change as well.

Thank you Starbucks. I will see you in the future. But until then you can find me in….

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  1. John8com says:

    “I do enjoy a Starbucks frappucino, caramel macchiato, and mocha–especially with a bit of peppermint added.”

    I do love their mochas…though given the ever increasing price it’s becoming difficult to continue the habit. Oh, and they WILL find you eventually…they’re like the IRS, only craftier.


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  3. rodney calfee says:

    Dude, I love the way you process things. I am so excited for you guys on the new venture! We are praying for you all, and I can’t wait to hang out again- needs to be soon…just sayin’…

  4. almost an M says:

    John8com, Yes their mochas are good. And yes Starbucks will find you…but only if there is money in it. I would be shocked if they showed up in my new neighborhood. For that matter, I don’t expect to see the IRS there either. Same reason. Though if I travel even just a little, then there they are calling out to me. (Starbucks that is.)

    Rodney, Thank you. I’m honored. Thank you for your prayers. I really look forward to my opportunity to be with you soon and meet your family–both immediate and the body of Christ.

  5. “a bit of peppermint added.”

    All I can really say is SMILE about the adding of peppermint.

    Good luck on your move. You and your family are awesome examples for us all.

  6. almost says:

    You should try the peppermint. It makes for a very manly drink.

    I so appreciate you and your friendship. Thank you.

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