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Colombia Menaced by Invasion

July 16, 2014

Colombia Menaced by Invasion

Colombia produces much of the world’s high-quality Arabica coffee. The coffee-growing region of this Central American country is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the EU granted the crop Protected Denomination of Origin status.

A major customer for Colombian coffee is the USA’s sprawling, globe-spanning Starbucks coffee shop chain. There are approximately umpteen bazillion Starbucks locations worldwide. Today, July 16th, there will be a new one. In Bogotá, capital city of Colombia. In the high-end Parque 93 district. Near a homegrown Juan Valdez Café. Ouch.

Starbucks plans to open 50 locations in Colombia by 2018.


“Make room Juan Valdez: Starbucks opens in Colombia,” Joshua Goodman, AP via Miami Herald

“Starbucks to take on Juan Valdez in Colombia,” Marina Villeneuve, Washington Post

“Starbucks ya está listo para abrir sus puertas en Bogotá, pero algo esconden los gringos…” pulzo

“Starbucks se instala en Colombia oficialmente,” LA F.m.

“A cartographic guide to Starbucks’ global domination,” David Yanofsky, Quartz

La Federación Nacional de Cafeteros website


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