Ottawa Citizen - - YOU - Laura Bre­haut

Star­bucks is set to open its first Ital­ian out­post in Mi­lan’s city cen­tre this Septem­ber, Eater re­ports. And as you might ex­pect from the birth­place of espresso, lo­cals aren’t thrilled about its im­pend­ing de­but.

The Lo­cal Italy re­cently polled its read­ers on so­cial me­dia, and 87 per cent of re­spon­dents voted against the Amer­i­can cof­fee chain’s Ital­ian in­va­sion.

Some peo­ple ar­gued that Star­bucks sell­ing cof­fee to Ital­ians “would be like tak­ing tulips to Am­s­ter­dam, open­ing a Taco Bell in Mex­ico or a Domi­nos Pizza in Italy.” For the record, there are three Domi­nos Pizza lo­ca­tions in Mi­lan.

Oth­ers, how­ever, said that Italy’s time­honoured cof­fee cul­ture is un­likely to fal­ter. And at least one per­son ad­mit­ted, “I voted no thanks, but after think­ing about it I guess it would be nice to have a pump­kin spice latte this fall.”

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