Oh Starbucks, when will you come to Hunan? I would love it if you would come to Yueyang, but I realize that’s not realistic, so Changsha will do.
After all, you have about 2 billion Starbucks in the rest of the coffee drinking world, so why not come to Hunan? There are 65 million people here who don’t even know yet that they love coffee. You need to do your humanitarian service and open a coffee shop or two.
Oh, don’t misunderstand me, there IS coffee in Hunan already. But by-and-large, it’s gross and overpriced. The beans are usually burnt and stale, then when they brew it, they murder the taste. After all that, they want $4+ for a thimble sized cup. It’s sad, very sad when the best cup of coffee in town, at the best value (outside of my personal kitchen,) is obtained at McDonalds…
In the spirit of full disclosure, I also have to tell you, a couple of weeks ago,shortly after I returned to China from several months in Texas, I was making my way through one of the three grocery stores here in Yueyang that sometimes have ‘imported’ goods and I saw the logo that my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, can spot even in the most crowded of strip malls in Texas or shopping centers in Hong Kong. It was the round and green STARBUCKS logo on a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino.
The price was high, very, very high. It didn’t matter, I was in shock – I bought two. (One for me, one for my wife Erica who actually likes Frappuccinos more than me.) Could this be true, Starbucks in Yueyang? Who cares if it comes in a bottle and was made three months ago… it’s Starbucks in Hunan!
However, since that fateful day, there has not been a Frappuccino in sight, nowhere. (I wonder who in the world bought all of those other bottles in just two short weeks? Did I mention earlier that they were EXPENSIVE?)
There are places I can go within the vast borders of China to obtain a Grande Peppermint Latte or sometimes a Hazelnut Latte. In the picture on the left, you can see me enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee on the Great Wall of China!
However, there is nothing nearby. Not even close. So I call out to Starbucks…
Please open a Starbucks in Changsha!