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Starbucks ‘toilet water’ coffee brews up controversy



SEATTLE — A Starbucks in Hong Kong is apologizing for brewing their coffee with water from a bathroom, according to

On the website, it was reported that Starbucks employees got the water from a wall-mounted faucet just feet away from a urinal.

The site said the bathroom wasn’t even in the Starbucks, but in a neighboring garage where workers had to carry the water back and forth. Employees said it was their closet water supply.

Hong Kong’s health officials eventually found out what was happening and issued a warning.

The website reported that the Hong Kong store now uses distilled water.


5 Comments to “Starbucks ‘toilet water’ coffee brews up controversy”

    Bob said:
    May 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    What's a closet water supply?

    Toby said:
    February 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    You can't make coffee with distilled water in a traditional drip machine because distilled water does not boil!!

    Chad said:
    February 11, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    I could swear I saw this kid twice today. Once in east wenatchee, then an hour later in wenatchee. Just walking.

    steeltoed said:
    February 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    The water didn't come from the toilet. It isn't toilet water. Please fix your headline. Clickbait is not news.

    The Cat Lady said:
    March 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    How did a restaurant/eating establishment/or whatever you want to call a place that sells things for human consumption, get a permit without a water supply? China might have laxed rules, but Starbucks should have corporate standards.

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