One cup of Starbucks coffee

Written by Felicity Lawrence

Felicity Lawrence describes a recent trip to an impoverished corner of Uganda, where she sat with a coffee-growein famil that coulc no longer afford school fees for their children.  Her translator tried to explain to the farmer how much a cop of coffee sold for in a Starbucks:  one cup cost the equivalent of 5,000 Ugandan shillings.  "A confused smile flickered across his face," Lawrence reports, "registering disbelief, but then his eyes filled with tears.  'No, you mean one kilo, no, no, this is painful to hear.  I only got 200 shillings a kilo for my coffee this year.'"

Felicity Lawrence, cited in Deep Economy, p. 193. 

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