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Coffee and immigration


Sam Roggeveen


29 July 2008 14:13

It wouldn't surprise me much if, as News.com.au speculates, Starbucks closes its doors in Australia. Australia had a pretty mature coffee culture when Starbucks arrived on the scene. Which is to say, unlike Americans and Brits, most Australians already knew what good coffee was supposed to taste like and could find it pretty easily.

I remember being astonished at the proliferation of Starbucks and other coffee chains when I visited London some years ago. But as indifferent as Starbucks coffee is, it was clearly a step up for Londoners. Unlike Australia, the UK didn't have the foresight in the 1950s to launch a wave of immigration from southern Europe. If it had, Brits probably wouldn't have to settle for Starbucks coffee now.

Photo of Melbourne street cafes by Flickr user paul in Skellefteå, used under a Creative Commons license.