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May 4th, 2009:

MINUTEMEN UPDATE: Starbucks comes to Warsaw Bloc

[starbucks] pumpkin spice latte + chaiFor being the land that invented the coffee house, Eastern Europe offers some dismal choices when it comes to modern coffee shops, as anyone who has traveled there knows all too well.

Coffee shops themselves are few and far between in Eastern Europe. When you do successfully find one—typically disguised as “Café—you’ll likely find that they only offer Nescafe or espresso. Worst of all, coffee in cardboard “to go” cups is unheard of outside of major airports or McDonalds stores (more on this in a later post).

But the tide is finally turning. More than two decades after McDonalds paved the way for freedom on the far side of the Iron Curtain, Starbucks has finally opened a branch in Warsaw.

Hopefully the branch will bring with it everything that makes Starbucks such a great part of America, namely coffee to-go and free toilets.

Lets just hope the trend catches on. 

Slate.com has the full story.

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