Starbucks has quietly rang in a new policy for the Chinese new year: no milk is offered to customers at the service counter. You can still add sugar, but if you want milk (either fresh milk or UHT milk in those little containers), you will need to ask for it like a common pauper. And it will be added to your cup by a barista, not you!
This from a company that has been called out for charging more in China than anywhere else for coffee. Just last month, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he was “bullish” on China. Newsflash, Mr. Schultz: coffee drinkers want cow’s milk, not bull’s shit. Yes, I’m seeing red and huffing like an angry bull, bad puns and all.
Does anyone know if this is a country-wide change or just in the Shanghai region?