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Java Jazz vs Starbucks

August 5th, 2009 · 54 Comments

The folks at Java Jazz on 15th Ave West decided the best way to deal with the latest Starbucks fiasco is with humor. 

If you have been following the story, you know that Starbucks just opened a new store called 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea which is made to look like an independent coffee café.   The store on Capital Hill got lots of attention because it does not have Starbucks name on it anywhere except on the door that says “Inspired by Starbucks.”  

This is the latest in a string of stores that Starbucks has remodeled in a more rustic style using recycled materials. The Capitol Hill store is also part of a test that will include two more Seattle shops named for their surrounding neighborhoods. 

Sue Reynolds from Java Jazz (located on 15th Ave West just south of the Ballard Bridge across from La Palma Restaurant) is striking back at Starbucks with the creation of this bumper sticker.  Its the first in a line of bumper stickers they will be producing.  The next one says “ What’s next Starbucks?  Bikini Baristas?” 

Sue says they are selling them now at Java Jazz and they have at least 4 more bumper stickes planned. Stay tuned.  

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  • bmvaughn

    Brilliant!

    • bmvaughn

      What's next Starbucks, bikini baristas?

  • pscottcummins

    Java Jazz is THE BEST!!! Move over Howard, Sue & Cherie are taking you on!

  • ejo32

    “Starbucks fiasco”? What's the fiasco?

    As much as I hate to give props to a corporate giant (and Sonics killer) like Starbucks. I think the beer and wine idea is a good one.

    And what's with the bumper sticker? Is that supposed to be clever or funny?

    • bmvaughn

      Awww does somebody need a hug?

      • ejo32

        Oh gosh… a hug? No thanks, I'm good.

        Just questioning the hostility toward what (in my humble opinion) seems like a good idea. I guess I don't understand the negative reaction to Starbucks in this particular scenario. I mean, the writer of the original article referes to it as a “fiasco”. That seems rather biased for someone who works for an organization who's motto is “Daily news for Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood”. Now, I realize the Magnolia Voice isn't held to such high standards as the New York Times, but calling it a “fiasco” isn't even pretending to be impartial.

        And on a smaller scale, I don't understand what caused the folks at Java Jazz to become so upset with Starbucks new venture that they went to the trouble of creating bumber stickers denouncing the coffee giant… not to mention the hint of hypocrisy that they're selling those bumber stickers.

  • Name

    Too bad it's in Comic Sans.

    • Ballardmom

      I like that font. Second only to mistral.

  • CutTheString

    Seems a bit odd for a store so far away from the faux SBUX to be taking shots at it, but if it gets them some publicity, and now it has, then it's working for them.

    Say what you will about the corporate giant, but the fact remains if SBUX wasn't out there to create the market for espresso based coffee, a lot of the independents wouldn't exist.

  • Adit

    wish they didn't use Comic Sans.

  • Serpy

    I agree. Starbucks was around long before this gas station adjoined joke. Now that i know they are being haters.. I will never go there again.

  • Serpy

    I agree. Starbucks was around long before this gas station adjoined joke. Now that i know they are being haters.. I will never go there again.

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