This is a reproduction of
a September 4, 1996 letter from Starbucks Coffee
to John Gregory Lambros regarding the boycott of Brazilian products.
John Gregory Lambros
P.O. Box 1000
Leavenwoth, Kansas 66048-l000
Dear Mr. Lambros:
Thank you for your letter of July 12 addressed to Orin Smith in which you request that Starbucks boycott Brazilian coffee and Proctor & Gamble products. Please forgive the delayed response.
While we respect your concern for human rights in Brazil, your proposed boycott is not applicable to Starbucks Coffee Company. As a vertically integrated business, we purchase and roast our own coffee. Therefore, we do not sell any Proctor and Gamble products.
Further, Starbucks does not buy coffee from Brazil. Much of Brazil's coffee is grown to meet the needs of large comrnercial roasters. At Starbucks, we select only the highest quality arabica coffee beans, and do not purchase the robusta beans that are prevalent in Brazil.
Mr. Labros, I hope this clarifies the questions that you referred to in your letter. Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns and for giving us the opportunity to respond.
Wanda J. Herndon vice president
communications and public affairs
cc: Orin Smith
For more information write (snail mail) JOHN GREGORY LAMBROS directly at:
JOHN GREGORY LAMBROS
Prisoner No. 00436-124
U. S. Penitentiary Leavenworth
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000