A WOMAN who is keen to support her local economy does so by frequenting the Starbucks near her house.
Lauren Hewitt understands the importance of giving back to her community, which is why she goes to to the closest outlet of the global corporation rather than one in the centre of town.
Hewitt said: “I love the cosy atmosphere of my local Starbucks. It definitely has a much more artisanal feel than the almost identical one in the shopping centre.
“I know all the baristas by name, or at least by reading their name badges. They’re all on zero hours contracts so I rarely see the same one twice, but it’s nice to try and build a relationship with them in the ten seconds it takes me to order a drink.
“There’s an independent café next door to my Starbucks which I like because it brings some diversity and character to the high street. But I never go in because the one time I did the owner asked me how my day was. Seemed a bit overfamiliar.
“Still, I’d be sad if it shut down. But not sad enough to forego a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino in a cup the size of my head every day. Ah, the authentic taste of real coffee.”