Starbucks Coffee introduced the #RaceTogether campaign this week, a program designed to bring American race relations dialog to its chain of coffee houses. The campaign has been discussed. It has been panned. It has scared at least one Starbucks exec off Twitter (Corey duBrowa has since returned to tweet again).
— Corey duBrowa (@coreydu) March 16, 2015
One thing is certain: Starbucks Coffee has brought this conversation to America’s proverbial twelve-top communal cafe table, and it’s a conversation that’s uncomfortable and necessary and important…but is it a conversation you want to have with a barista? Like, before you’ve had your coffee? On your way to work? I mean, maybe?
For me, when I go to Starbucks, I usually keep my sunglasses on, order a shameful grande Mocha Frappuccino, tell them my name is “Langdon Alger“, and try to dip as quick as possible. That’s just me though. What about you? Are there conversations you simply don’t want to have with your barista pre-coffee?
We’d like to put it to a poll.