You may have recently seen Starbucks in the media with respect to Ethiopia and trademark issues. We support the recognition of the source of our coffees and have a deep appreciation for the farmers that grow them. In fact between 2002 and 2006 Starbucks increased its Ethiopian coffee purchases by nearly 400 percent.
Starbucks has never filed an opposition to the Ethiopian government's trademark application. As always, we are committed to working collaboratively and continuing dialogue with key stakeholders to find a solution that benefits Ethiopian coffee farmers.
For more detailed information about Starbucks relationship with Ethiopian coffee farmers, please visit www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=713.