I have been getting this question a lot lately, and as tempting as it is to say "Why not?", I'll explain. First of all, before you go on reading this, I suggest that perhaps you do a little homework. Read about the start of the Industrial Revolution, the history of coffee, slavery, capitalism, colonialism, and the corporation.
Then, come back when you realize that Starbucks is not your friend. It doesn't like you. It doesn't want you to have a "third place". It wants your money. It doesn't do magnanimous things out of the goodness of its heart. It is trying to maximize profit and part of the way they do this is by selling a brand that "does good things for the people that pick beans". Even if Starbucks follows these business practices with less than 1% of the coffee that they buy.
If you are still reading... I'll continue.
Although I find it amusing that people want to know what my opinion is; I feel that it was more important to give other people a place to vent. See, I'm just one guy, there are thousands of people who have posted on the message boards. Their answers are online, too.
That notwithstanding, after numerous assaults on my intelligence (such winners as: "you can't even get the order right on the front page" or "you can't come up with a reason to hate starbucks") I've decided to bite the bullet and 'splain myself.
Personally, I hate them because their coffee sucks and they are everywhere. You can't escape them.
However, there are plenty of other great reasons to hate Starbucks:
(Before the Starbuckers begin their rebuttals, yes I know they sell Fair Trade coffee. But why do they continue to sell Un-Fair Trade coffee? All the drinks are made with sweatshop style labor. The Fair Trade stuff is sold in bean form only, to go. The sales of Fair Trade make up less than 0.001 % of total sales for the company.)
Without further ado:
That is just a start. I don't really have enough time to put up all the reasons.
If you want more reasons, I suggest you read the quarterly report (10Q) on the investor relations portion of their website, but do it with a calculator, and read between the lines.
The company publishes the reasons why you should hate them on their very own website.
If you are wondering who else I support as opposed to Starbucks, go here: http://www.ihatestarbucks.com/other_choices.php
Please send all stupid comments here.
If you have brains send them here (your comments, not your brains, you may need those someday).
(By the way, if you want to write me and tell me how great their stock price is doing, you deserve to burn in hell. There is more to life than money. Take a little bit of your cash, I'm sure you could find some in the enormous cushions of your H2, and send it to a family that picks beans to make your latte. Perhaps in Indonesia, where $20 bucks could save someone's life.
*This hasn't happened lately, no stock touts spouting bile, and looking at their one year chart, it may never happen again. Ha ha ha!)