STUDENTS are being asked to vote on what coffee they would like to see served in the cafeteria at Suffolk One.

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Suffolk One, a Sixth Form College that opened in Ipswich in 2010, has announced they will be serving branded coffee - either Starbucks or Costa.

Over the next two days students will be able to cast a vote for their favourite.

Costa Coffee is a multinational coffeehouse company that was founded in 1971 in London. It is the largest coffeehouse chain in the country with more than 1,200 coffee shops across the UK. The company is a success story for British business. However there is already a Costa Coffee very near to Suffolk One on the Copdock interchange.

Starbucks is the largest coffee chain in the world with in excess of 20,000 stores around the world and more than 800 in the UK.

Coffee facts

• Starbucks was originally going to be called ‘Pequod’ after the whaling ship from Moby-Dick but the name was rejected by the co-founders, instead the company was named after the chief mate on the Pequod, Starbuck.

• Costa Coffee was founded by Portuguese brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa to supply roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Portuguese coffee shops.

• In 1675 coffee houses were banned in England as the King was convinced they were places where people would meet to conspire against him.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on the planet behind oil.

Which one of these coffee shops do you think should be installed in Suffolk One? Starbucks or Costa? Vote now in our online poll.

14 comments

  • Why do they need either? Just provide a kettle and some tea bags!

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    Chris Church

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • Seen as they taste quite similar would suggest that one pays tax and one doesn't so answer is quite simple!!

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    sistheswan

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Well done SuffolkOne for introducing your students to one of the most commonly-used drugs. Bravo!

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    AReason

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • I can confirm that our most prominent local coffee shop provider has not been invited to tender. Time for a re-think Suffolk One.

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    Erm, Why?

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Get a local business to make a tender. These multi-nationals bring nothing to the table. Coffee is such a simple offering, it's not like building a nuclear power station.

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    Steve Blake

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • A good point by Kylo or why not offer it to a local business! Instead of a big multi national but then again our council etc have never been interested in small business surviving hence the reason any chance they get they allow pubs to be closed and supermarkets to be built.!

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    penfold the mole

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Neither serves particularly good coffee - who cares? I agree completely with all other commenters - give a local business a chance to run the concession and set a decent example. It's thoroughly depressing if this is considered to be the most taxing issue (no pun intended) for the Suffolk One students. No harm in having a coffee outlet for free periods - as long as its ethical.

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    IpswichExile

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Why on earth is the school providing such a small choice? Why not pave over the playground for a Tesco Express and be done with it? How big a backhander will the school be getting? All this for high street chain coffee, some of the most ubiquitous and tasteless hot liquid on the planet. Please choose instead to offer it to a local independent start-up employing young people, actually learning the craft of the barista and making proper coffee from one of our local independent roasters....Butterworths, Suffolk Coffee Company, Deepmills in nearby Woodbridge......there must be others too... That might indeed be 'Education!'

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    A Nonymus

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • Welcome to the brave new world of rampant capitalism where everything has to have a big, well-advertised brand name.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • I agree with many other posters here. Why not have a local firm. Or even better get the students to run it. It could be part of an economics course.

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    Pop-pop

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • It is utterly ridiculous. Why do kids need coffee?? It only makes them hyper. And so they look 'cool' as it were. Why not provide a smoothie bar or fruit bar, and let the kids run it themselves or get a local independent company to run it. Surely helping the local economy will benefit more than a national chain. College kids have too much money and are spoilt as far as i am concerned.

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    Chloeden92

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • You're a hard taskmaster, David White! Aren't students entitled to coffee breaks then?

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    Ken Kernow

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • I thought schools were for learning, not drinking coffee!

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    David White

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

  • They should choose the one that pays the correct (or closest to!) amount of tax!

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    Kylo

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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