UPDATED: I finally got my butt into the Starbucks across the street. Find out what happened in the extended entry...
Seems Starbucks has stated [PDf...sorry] that you will be able to buy fair trade coffee in any of the 23 countries in which it is licensed to sell fair trade coffee.
And City Hippy wants to test the theory.
They're asking people to ask for fair-trade coffee on their next Starbucks visit and then to let them know what happened. Bloggers can blog about it and tag it (see the City Hippy post for deets on tagging.) Non-bloggers can email.
Although I'm not typically much of a Starbucks customer, I'm going to make a point of it at least once this week to find out what happens. Stay tuned.
(Oh, and if you too play along, please let City Hippy know, and come back here and comment on this post to tell me what happened! Thanks.)
UPDATE: Unlike my first commenter on this post, I did have to wait for a cup to be made via French Press for me. And I do have to say that the person behind the counter looked a little confused at first by my request, so I don't think she's been getting inundated with requests. Nonetheless, once she got that yes, I was actually asking for fair-trade coffee by the cup and that yes, I was willing to wait for her to French Press it...she proceeded to do so with only slight disdain. It took a while, though.
This is the Starbucks on Winchester and Payne in West San Jose, CA.
Oh, and as Green LA Girl notes, Estima, a fair-trade coffee, is the "Coffee of the Week."