Smelling the Starbucks

Dave Johnson runs the progressive weblog Seeing the Forest. He recently started a coffee blog called Smelling the Coffee, which is how we got in touch. He had the fun idea of inviting me to write a post or two on a “libertarian perspective on coffee.” It’s an intriguing prompt, so I took him up on it.

The result is a post on Starbucks’ ambiguous role in American cafe culture. When my love of the market battles my love of coffee, which comes out on top? Find out!


  1. D.W. White says:

    Come on, Jake, you don’t even address the FACT that Starbucks regularly includes ground up third world babies in its espresso blend. How can I trust anything you write ever again?

  2. Jacob Grier says:

    You and I both know that babies add crema. It’s a trade off.

  3. A.W. Griffin says:

    As a Starbucks-lovin’ libertarian, I have to say that I agreed with your post. I even linked it at my blog!

  4. Tobias Heinrich says:

    Very nice article. I enjoyed it. Best from Vandyland.
    – T

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