In this photo, on the left is the ancient gate to Canterbury Cathedral. On the right is a Starbucks franchise.
There are now thousands upon thousands of Starbucks stores, all over the planet. They seem to be on nearly every street corner of every American city. With its slick hip image, this mega corporation has persuaded Americans that $4 is a reasonable price to pay for a cup of coffee, and has crushed out of existence little coffee shops everywhere.
Even in England, Starbucks thrives, and the English, particularly the young, forgo tea for Grande Lattes with cardboard sleeves. Across Europe the Starbucks express has rolled like a steamroller over the traditional coffee shops.
I love a good cup of coffee. But not if I have to frequent a Starbucks to get it.