[Letter to the editor]More variety please in cafe offeringsI am writing in response to the April 7 article, “Starbucks Korea to carry rice cake.” We are all thrilled that Starbucks is going to start carrying some local traditional products.
Now if they could just catch up with the rest of the world’s Starbucks in quality and selection of other foods offered. I just visited the Starbucks in the international airport in Taipei and, like Starbucks all over the world, they carried an amazing selection of sandwiches and pastries. Care for corned beef and cheese croissants? Smoked chicken panini? Chicken and mushroom pie? Curry chicken pastries? They have it all. Korean Starbucks, on the other hand, have almost nothing but sweets ― a few boring muffins and cakes ― and if you are lucky to get there early enough, some pathetic fusion egg salad and ham on white bread. Let’s hope the new entrant in the market, Caribou Coffee, doesn’t fall into the same lazy “It ain’t that good but it’s good enough” attitude that Starbucks Korea has ― although the signs are not promising.
Brandon Butler, Seoul
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