yesterday was starbucks coffee‘s 3rd birthday in turkey. but i recently noticed istiklal dunkin’ donuts closed again. *sigh*
Here in New England (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, USA), you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Dunkin Donuts franchise- They’re ALL walking distance of each other. Ironically, their donuts stink- most people prefer Krispy Kremes, but DD coffee is a New England staple. Explains a lot of the morbid obesity in these parts too. They should be sued just like big tobacco for selling an addictive and unhealthy consumer product. Starbucks coffee? I’ll pass. I’d rather drink automotive antifreeze fluid than Starbucks coffee.
Another irony, I used to work at the company which manufactures ALL of the Starbucks and DD store fixtures for all stores world-wide. They’re called Monarch Industries. My friend Kaan Duru is still working there as a project manager, and he is a huge contributor to the systems in place which are used to produce the woodwork. Next time you’re at a Starbucks or a DD store, look at the front counter and all of the woodwork and displays- their schematics most likely crossed the desk of a Turk who works in Providence Rhode Island.
well istanbuls starbucks is probably the only starbucks, where there is no wireless lan available. So it`s not a real starbucks, just a fake.
Too bad they don’t accept fake money for their over-priced brew. I’ll bet that if they served their coffee in un-marked cups, sales in Turkey would nose-dive. Know what I mean?
drinking starbucks coffee in Istanbul is trendy. That’s prolly all it is. People end up there because they want to be seen with the yuppie population of the city. I go there because I have a severe chai tea latte addiction, but thats another subject..
To have coffee is a kind of ritual for me: I love coffee: I love its taste, its smell, its color with milk or black (though brown is the color that I dislike intensely), and the environment I drink coffee and the coffee cup is a must to complete this ritual. And so the paper cups used at Starbucks make Starbucks the coffeeshop to ignore!
In the US, instant coffee is an oddity- everyone has a coffee machine at home. We have an industrial sized one- BUNN. It brews a full pot in 60 seconds flat. Of course when we’re on holiday in Bursa, instant coffee is all we can find.
@ Murat: You can use frenchpress when you’re in Bursa. Far better than instant coffee, you can find it easily, its cheap, easy to carry and tasty.
On my last trip to Turkey I recall there was a special import duty on Nescafe. I was told that Turkish expats were “smuggling” it in from Western Europe due to the high price of instant coffee in Turkey. Is that still the case?
Not sure if that’s true, but you’re right, we are ALWAYS asked to bring as much Nescafe as possible when we visit Turkey. AS IF it’s cheap in the US- not quite. A small jar the size of my fist is $5-6. Coffee whitener is in demand too, because it’s much cheaper in the US.
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