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    Hi guys - just sending my international report in.  The *$$$$$s cancer in London has to be seen to be believed.  They are more ubiquitous than McDonalds and, with help from Nero and Costa, seem to be overtaking every available space they can in central London.  I would bet that you would not be able to walk 100 metres in the city without being offended by the sight of one of these monstrosities.  Truly sickening!

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    Re: *$$$s cancer - checking in from London

    ...and how are the traditional tea drinking poms taking them... are people actually in there buying coffeeesk products?

    Found anything drinkable yet?

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      All full of eager punters quaffing whatever they sell in there - mugga frappa crappa chino coffee flavoured beverages, I suppose.

      Didnt want to get too close (no closer than the top level of  a double decker bus).  Very wary of contamination.  :-/

      As I said before, have been drinking tea.  :

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        Re: *$$$s cancer - checking in from London

        You sound like a coffee snob!

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          I think the *$$s thing is fascinating - especially in a country like Australia which, since the 50s and 60s has had a reasonable coffee/cafe culture (especially in Melbourne) because of immigration of people from coffee drinking countries.  Theres really no need for these awful places.  Surely the only people they attract are new to coffee, and/or go along with this "3rd space" idea that you read about, (the first 2 being home and work) - so theyre looking for a familiar and comfortable place to hang out.  The other attraction, I suppose, to the ignorant is that its American, and its attendant advertising and product placememt in films mean you cant not be aware of it, so people think Starbucks = coffee and McDonalds = food. There are many who are totally mesmerised by this fact (think J. Howard and G. Bush) - hence the popularity of brands such as Nike which prosper purely because of marketing and a gullible public.  Australia doesnt need these places - but they survive (and prosper) because people dont know what real coffee is, or food if you want to take the McDonalds analogy.  I can understand the sameness and convenience which attract people to the big M, most probably know its not as good as an average home-cooked meal, but have to eat in order to survive. But as far as coffee goes, it is (barely) possible to survive without it and how many of us would prefer a bad coffee to no coffee?  Very few, Ill wager.  All this from someone who admits hes never been into Starbucks, I know, but Ive seen enough dishwater presented to me as "coffee" in cafes to know what Id get there.
          The English would appear to be as seduced as we are and its a tragedy, because, as Im finding, a good cup of tea is actually quite nice. :-*

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            Re: *$$$s cancer - checking in from London

            You sound like a coffee snob! -Andy

            You sure got that right!

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              Re: *$$$s cancer - checking in from London

              Few people know what good coffee actually tastes like as theyve never in their lives had one.

              Java "The Few, The Proud, The Coffee Snobs" phile
              Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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