Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (Hardback)
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Short Description for Everything But the Coffee Focuses on the Starbucks, one of the world's most famous coffee companies, looking beyond baristas, movie cameos, and Paul McCartney CDs to understand what Starbucks can tell us about America. This title shows that Starbucks speaks to a deeply felt American need for predictability and class standing, community and authenticity.
- Published: 20 October 2009
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520261068 ISBN 10: 0520261062
- Sales rank: 1,084,001
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"Everything but the Coffee" casts a fresh eye on the world's most famous coffee company, looking beyond baristas, movie cameos, and Paul McCartney CDs to understand what Starbucks can tell us about America. Bryant Simon visited hundreds of Starbucks around the world to ask, Why did Starbucks take hold so quickly with consumers? What did it seem to provide over and above a decent cup of coffee? Why at the moment of Starbucks' profit-generating peak did the company lose its way, leaving observers baffled about how it might regain its customers and its cultural significance? "Everything but the Coffee" probes the company's psychological, emotional, political, and sociological power to discover how Starbucks' explosive success and rapid deflation exemplify American culture at this historical moment. Most importantly, it shows that Starbucks speaks to a deeply felt American need for predictability and class standing, community and authenticity, revealing that Starbucks' appeal lies not in the product it sells but in the easily consumed identity it offers.