This Starbucks used a tap in a toilet
Customers are boiling mad after learning the Hong Kong location brewed coffee with water from a spout in a garage bathroom.
For folks in Hong Kong, Starbucks might just be a euphemism for "toilet water."
Gaming site Kotaku brought the first reports of these allegations stateside when it ran a series of photos of a tap in a grungy-looking bathroom at Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower labeled with a sign reading "Starbucks Only." The photos, originally published by Chinese tabloid Apple Daily, then showed an employee from Starbucks' Bank of China Tower location drawing water from the tap in the building's parking garage bathroom into a container and pushing it by cart to the Starbucks stand, where it was used to brew coffee.
As Apple Daily discovered, this routine was repeated several times a day and occurred since the Starbucks location opened in 2011. According to Agence France-Presse, Starbucks spokeswoman Wendy Pang confirmed that water used to brew coffee at Starbucks' Bank of China Tower location was taken from a dedicated tap in a restroom and put through a filtration system to meet standards established by local authorities and the World Health Organization. She also says that particular Starbucks location has no water supply but is now using distilled water.
That comes as little relief to the stand's regulars, who have since learned from Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department that Starbucks' use of water was not within regulations. The department has issued the location a warning, though Ben Cowling, an associate professor from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, told HK Magazine that may not be enough.
Though the tap's filter would catch some of the nastiness, an extra purifier would be necessary to remove the smaller viruses that could linger in the water. That doesn't even address the location of said tap.
"If the staff need to frequently visit the toilet, they may increase the risk of bringing other pathogens from the washroom into their food and drink preparation area," Cowling added.
Starbucks Hong Kong has issued an apology on its Facebook page, but customers are still furious. One Hong Kong resident summed it up to Apple Daily in one sentence:
"People with common sense wouldn't have used the water from toilet pipes."
Thank god that startbucks' coffee already tastes like toilet water, or this would be incredibly damaging.
We all know majority of these countries are not clean with the way they handle there foods ....
How like writers these days with leading banners SUGGESTING, and because it is published in American publications leads one to believe a lie. This belongs in Hong Kong and in no way besmirches Starbucks in America. I am not a fan of Starbucks but I despise the media making assertions against any group.
MSN and others are blatantly guilty of this misleading banner crap.
Burnt coffee made with GREY water?! So guys, how does that taste ?
Do yourself a favor and brew it yourself. Use Blue Mountain Jamaican coffee- Best in the world !
But if you still want that 'star bucks taste': there is a coffee bean that's crapped out a monkeys butt before its shipped to you. (man-that's disgusting)
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