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Starbucks ships coffee from Central America only to send back for consumption

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Central America market presents an environmental quandary for Starbucks.
The company buys huge quantities of coffee from the region. It ships that coffee to the US for roasting and then sends some back to Central America to be served. Transporting the beans creates thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide. ButStarbucks said it would be "prohibitively expensive to roast our whole bean coffee in Central America."
Original source: Seattle Times