The creeping Starbuckifiction of Sussex

The new Starbucks in worthing town centre
The new Starbucks in worthing town centre

This part of Sussex has long been a bit of a Starbucks dead zone. You had to either head along the coast to Brighton, or up to the out-of-town-ish Holmbush Centre for the Starbucks in the Next branch up there.

Well, the creeping Starbuckification of every high street continues, as Starbucks has now arrived in Worthing town centre. It was approved late last year, and opened last week:

Demoted by Starbucks

Starbucks e-mail demoting me from Gold to Green
From Gold to Green…

Ah, the shame, the shame. Starbucks have demoted  me. No more free extra shots for me.

The good news? I managed to go to Starbucks less than once a week last year. With some real effort, I’m sure I can beat that record – and go even less…

Pod coffee’s bad taste for the planet

The pod problem:

But what bugs me most about pods isn’t the marketing. It’s the needless waste. Those 186m capsules used in Britain last year all had to go somewhere. So far, most aren’t going in the recycling. Dolce Gusto mixed-plastic capsules “cannot currently be recycled in the UK”, though a spokesperson says Nestle is “exploring a number of possible solutions.” Tassimo T-Discs are “fully recyclable with Terracycle,” though so far there are only 40 UK recycling points.

Convenience comes with a price in both taste and the environment…

The Coffee Ritual

I've become a great fan of the process of starting with roasted coffee beans and ending up with a glorious cup of coffee, and I have at least three methods I regularly use to make brew up. Much as I enjoy the coffee itself, the ritual of making it is part of the jy. It takes me away from whatever I'm working on a gives me a break as I focus on the moment. In this fast-moving, hyper-connected, screen-based lifestyle, that's a valuable few minutes.

This video captures the ritual beautifully:

I strongly recommend an AeroPress – they make great coffee.