This is old news. Gosh, it’s SO last week. Or maybe even last month. Maybe I just jumped on the band wagon last week.
You’ve probably heard about this, but Starbucks Canada decided that since the Gingerbread Latte sold better in the Eastern part of the country, and since the Eggnog Latte sold better in the Pacific North West, they would sell their popular holiday drinks “regionally.”
Basically — Starbucks Canada decided that the Pacific North West could have eggnog, and everywhere East of Saskatchewan could only have the Gingerbread latte. Well, I say ‘only’ with the full understanding that there are plenty of other options, including a peppermint mocha and a new-this-year Chestnut Praline Latte which, to me, sounds lovely, but I haven’t tried one yet.
Naturally, the internet threw up its arms in outrage. #WeWantBoth they cried! Starbucks is ruining Christmas, I tweeted! My tweets of despair were favourited and retweeted, and I gained new Twitter followers. It was a bittersweet 28-ish hours.
The next day, I received incredible news (that’s right, I didn’t know until a mere two days before the holiday drinks were slated to roll out that my drink of choice, the eggnog latte, would not be gracing me with its presence)! A friend shared an article from CTV with me that basically expressed, due to the outrage across various social media platforms, Starbucks Canada would be replacing the eggnog latte in the East, and giving the Pacific North West back their Gingerbread.
Part of me felt spectacularly elated that I played a small part in a Twitter Revolution that led to me getting what I wanted (albeit not until November 17th, but alas…), but very shortly thereafter I was faced with a rather sobering thought. If the country can band together and fight for our rights to have the latte we want, why can’t we do that on issues that matter?
I’m not judging anyone who will buy a holiday latte from Starbucks. I would be lying if I said I don’t plan to leave 15 minutes early for work on Monday to go snag one for myself, even though I’ve figured out how to make a reasonable alternative.
I just can’t help but think that there are so very many issues in this country that would benefit from an outcry like that, and if we could see it, what kind of change would we be able to affect? I know this is cheesy since it started as a post about coffee, but could we change the world? Or do we just care too much about our five dollar coffee to mobilize together? I get it — we wouldn’t all agree on what would need to be done. In this case, it was a fairly simple solution: “Starbucks, #wewantboth and we’re outraged that you made such a stupid decision. Fix it.”
And fix it they will.
But what about issues that are close to my heart? Human trafficking, forced sex trade working (both of which happen in our very own country, by the way), forced prostitution, homelessness, hunger…. If a child died of hunger in the cold on the streets, and Canada banded together and screamed #thatsnotok while demanding that our government do something to fix it, could we change the world?
Or is our government not as agreeable as Starbucks?
It all got me thinking. Money talks, right?
There are places I’d love to be able to give money, but I simply don’t currently have it because I owe too much for various reasons. I have a mortgage, I have student loans, and I have a line of credit. Between those three things, I feel like my hands are tied behind my back and I’d love to wriggle them free. That said, I’ve created a budget, so… I guess we’ll see how that goes. I know how to create them, it seems to be the follow-through that kills me.
Deep thoughts started by Starbucks though, right?
Speaking of Starbucks, before I learned that Starbucks was going to give me my latte after all, I decided I’d best learn how to make my own, because I certainly don’t want a Gingerbread Latte. I bought some eggnog (thank you, Christmas season, for giving me eggnog! The only reason I haven’t learned how to make eggnog itself is because I’d legit weigh a ton. For real. I’d chug it in August. No shame….). I heated some (about a third of my travel mug) in the microwave and then brewed some Green Mountain Dark Magic on my most concentrated setting into the heated eggnog. It’s no Starbucks, but it certainly tastes yummy. I’m a little weirded out though by the fact that the eggnog and coffee don’t mix on their own… I had to stir it up quite well, and the bottom was still much MUCH sweeter than the top (which I didn’t mind so much).