The world is becoming a giant chain store

Starbucks just opened its first store in Italy, and many are heralding it as a big change for the country, and indeed it is. But it's not a good change. It's yet the latest sign that America's monolithic fast food companies are taking over the world, replacing local community culture, all without offering an ounce of real quality.

Many see Italy as coffee's "spiritual home." The country first crafted espresso in the 18th century, and has since cultivated a variety of beverages, as well as...

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