Coffee wars break out in Southampton between Costa and Power Gourmet

Coffee wars break out over claims of ‘illegal sampling’ by tiny cafe

Costa Coffee and Power Gourmet in Southampton High Street

Bobby Ladher, right, and colleague Dave Reynard of Power Gourmet.

First published in Food News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

WHEN cafe owner Bobby Ladher decided to offer free samples, he had no idea it would provoke threats from a franchise holder of one of the world’s biggest multi-national coffee shop chains.

But the Southampton businessman was left stunned when the boss of the neighbouring Costa offered to “go to war” with his small organic outlet.

And within an hour of staff at Power Gourmet, near the Bargate in High Street, handing out small smoothie samples to passers-by, Mr Ladher received an email from the shop next door threatening to report his cafe to the authorities.

Before he had a chance to respond, Robin Arkle, managing director of a string of Costa franchises that includes the High Street branch, sent another message saying he had informed Southampton City Council of the cafe’s “illegal sampling”.

In his second email, Mr Arkle, who accused Power Gourmet of resorting to “aggressive marketing tactics”, said: “If you wish to go to war, just let me know. Costa has very deep pockets.”

He added he would now “vigorously” object to the cafe’s application to put chairs and tables outside.

Stunned Mr Ladher, 32, who opened his business a month ago and said he had not realised sampling was breaching any bylaws, but had stopped immediately once told to by the council.

He said: “I was gobsmacked. I’ve never heard anything like it.

“We feel quite bullied. This is not the done thing from a worldwide chain.

“We’d had a really nice email before wishing us well, and surely a friendly chat would have been the right way forward?”

Costa, which boasts more than 1,300 branches in the UK and another 600 around the world, said it has “no direct control” over franchise owners, but does expect them “to maintain high standards in all aspects of operating their franchise business”.

In a statement, the firm said: “This type of behaviour is not something we condone.

“We value independent coffee shops in our industry as they have the same mantra as us, to deliver a great coffee experience. We regret that this incident has occurred.”

Mr Arkle said Power Gourmet has continued to flout the rules, and claimed its staff have tried to poach Costa customers, telling them its products are “rubbish and full of pesticides”.

He said he had no problem with competition, but had become fed up with what he described as Power Gourmet’s rule breaking.

He said: “I’m not going to get into any further dialogue with them. If they obey council guidelines I don’t mind what they do.”

Southampton City Council confirmed it spoke to Power Gourmet about sampling outside its cafe, but said it was unlikely to take any formal action against the business because it had so swiftly complied with requests.

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4:44pm Fri 18 May 12

mummsie says...

Don't like Competition then Costa!
Don't like Competition then Costa! mummsie
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4:45pm Fri 18 May 12

Smartiepants says...

Ah, good old bully boy tactics from Costa. What sour grapes! I shan't be going there again
Ah, good old bully boy tactics from Costa. What sour grapes! I shan't be going there again Smartiepants
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4:52pm Fri 18 May 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Costa have lost my custom, they never actually ever had it, but they definitely won't get it now....
Costa have lost my custom, they never actually ever had it, but they definitely won't get it now.... OSPREYSAINT
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4:54pm Fri 18 May 12

Nick Tann says...

I think Costa coffee tastes
dreadful.....
I think Costa coffee tastes dreadful..... Nick Tann
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4:57pm Fri 18 May 12

media8ter says...

Competition is one thing, gaining an advantage by using illegal methods is something entirely different.
Competition is one thing, gaining an advantage by using illegal methods is something entirely different. media8ter
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5:00pm Fri 18 May 12

Son of Fred says...

Storm in a tea-cup
Storm in a tea-cup Son of Fred
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5:02pm Fri 18 May 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

Costa coffee has" very deep pockets" because the products they sell are a criminal rip-off.
I'll stick to taking my flask to work with my coffee made to my personal liking rather than paying £2-3
Costa coffee has" very deep pockets" because the products they sell are a criminal rip-off. I'll stick to taking my flask to work with my coffee made to my personal liking rather than paying £2-3 100%HANTSBOY
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5:02pm Fri 18 May 12

Nick Tann says...

media8ter wrote:
Competition is one thing, gaining an advantage by using illegal methods is something entirely different.
Handing out free samples is not illegal.....
[quote][p][bold]media8ter[/bold] wrote: Competition is one thing, gaining an advantage by using illegal methods is something entirely different.[/p][/quote]Handing out free samples is not illegal..... Nick Tann
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5:03pm Fri 18 May 12

cantthinkofone says...

The irony of Costa talking about ethics, when they're the ones that decided to stop even offering Fairtrade as an option. I'd rather give my money to the small independent retailer with more moral fibre.
The irony of Costa talking about ethics, when they're the ones that decided to stop even offering Fairtrade as an option. I'd rather give my money to the small independent retailer with more moral fibre. cantthinkofone
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5:13pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmet says...

Hi guys! Power Gourmet here.

Just to say thank you all for your support - please do visit our website: http://www.powergour
met.co.uk or come in for your buy one get one free organic coffee voucher, so we can say thank you for supporting us and our local growers, farmers, and partners.

We really appreciate the local community vouching for us.

We are at 8 High Street in Southampton city centre, opposite Argos.
Hi guys! Power Gourmet here. Just to say thank you all for your support - please do visit our website: http://www.powergour met.co.uk or come in for your buy one get one free organic coffee voucher, so we can say thank you for supporting us and our local growers, farmers, and partners. We really appreciate the local community vouching for us. We are at 8 High Street in Southampton city centre, opposite Argos. PowerGourmet
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5:15pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmet says...

Our url again: www.powergourmet.co.
uk
Our url again: www.powergourmet.co. uk PowerGourmet
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5:17pm Fri 18 May 12

WECOMING4U says...

We are Costa we are coming for you!
Stick to your guns Power Gourmet that is where I be going!
We are Costa we are coming for you! Stick to your guns Power Gourmet that is where I be going! WECOMING4U
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5:17pm Fri 18 May 12

SotonLad says...

I go to Starbucks every time - they provide good coffee, clean surrounds and friendly staff. The problem with franchises like Costa - there are too many and standard are poor.
I go to Starbucks every time - they provide good coffee, clean surrounds and friendly staff. The problem with franchises like Costa - there are too many and standard are poor. SotonLad
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5:24pm Fri 18 May 12

SotonLad says...

And Twitter?

I believe it is @powerorganic

Good lucks guys, destroy Costa
And Twitter? I believe it is @powerorganic Good lucks guys, destroy Costa SotonLad
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5:25pm Fri 18 May 12

a_warren says...

Hi guys,

Power Gourmet's twitter account is @OrganicDeliCafe.

Thanks for all the support!
Hi guys, Power Gourmet's twitter account is @OrganicDeliCafe. Thanks for all the support! a_warren
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5:28pm Fri 18 May 12

randomguy91 says...

I've just been to Power Gourmet the other day 2 large coffees for 2 pounds, well good that is. Tastes fantastic aswell and it sure is nice to be greeted by friendly laid back staff for once. Costa just lost itself another customer. Good luck with your war dough :)
I've just been to Power Gourmet the other day 2 large coffees for 2 pounds, well good that is. Tastes fantastic aswell and it sure is nice to be greeted by friendly laid back staff for once. Costa just lost itself another customer. Good luck with your war dough :) randomguy91
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5:31pm Fri 18 May 12

bradshaw22 says...

Hey just checked out their website, looks really cool.. powergourmet.co.uk followed them on twitter @organicdelicafe. Good on you for bringing nutritious food to heart of Southampton, dont let Costa bully you! Your just different and their scared.
Hey just checked out their website, looks really cool.. powergourmet.co.uk followed them on twitter @organicdelicafe. Good on you for bringing nutritious food to heart of Southampton, dont let Costa bully you! Your just different and their scared. bradshaw22
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5:33pm Fri 18 May 12

bradshaw22 says...

No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power
gourmet.co.uk!
No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk! bradshaw22
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5:40pm Fri 18 May 12

Mushty says...

Bye bye Costa Coffee ... Hello Power Gourmet
Bye bye Costa Coffee ... Hello Power Gourmet Mushty
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5:40pm Fri 18 May 12

Frank28 says...

I bet Costa's got deep pockets. Their product is incredibly overpriced, so their profit margins must be huge. I'm happy to support an independent coffee shop.
I bet Costa's got deep pockets. Their product is incredibly overpriced, so their profit margins must be huge. I'm happy to support an independent coffee shop. Frank28
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5:57pm Fri 18 May 12

SotonLad says...

bradshaw22 wrote:
No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power

gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
[quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop! SotonLad
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6:06pm Fri 18 May 12

Dusty says...

Get a facebook page going, next time i am in southampton, i will visit and have a coffee. Dont do this as a rule but i will make an exception this time.
Get a facebook page going, next time i am in southampton, i will visit and have a coffee. Dont do this as a rule but i will make an exception this time. Dusty
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6:13pm Fri 18 May 12

Dusty says...

Own goal by Costa lot for Coffee.

If i was them i would of shut my mouth and reported them on the quiet. Thinking they own the high Street got the better of him though
Own goal by Costa lot for Coffee. If i was them i would of shut my mouth and reported them on the quiet. Thinking they own the high Street got the better of him though Dusty
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6:19pm Fri 18 May 12

THEKILLER says...

Boycott Costa, overpriced, Bully boys, could all have been sorted out without going crying to the council.
Boycott Costa, overpriced, Bully boys, could all have been sorted out without going crying to the council. THEKILLER
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6:36pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmetDelicafe says...

Dusty wrote:
Get a facebook page going, next time i am in southampton, i will visit and have a coffee. Dont do this as a rule but i will make an exception this time.
Hey hi, yes we have a facebook page, connect with us on facebook.com/organic
delicafe
[quote][p][bold]Dusty[/bold] wrote: Get a facebook page going, next time i am in southampton, i will visit and have a coffee. Dont do this as a rule but i will make an exception this time.[/p][/quote]Hey hi, yes we have a facebook page, connect with us on facebook.com/organic delicafe PowerGourmetDelicafe
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6:38pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmetDelicafe says...

SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers. PowerGourmetDelicafe
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6:42pm Fri 18 May 12

Power_Gourmet says...

SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote:
No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power


gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
Hi everyone. Just to let you know, we have just shut down the old outdated @PowerOrganic account. If you wish to follow us on Twitter please use @OrganicDeliCafe or visit http://www.twitter.c
om/organicdelicafe

Thanks again for your support,
The Power Gourmet Team
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]Hi everyone. Just to let you know, we have just shut down the old outdated @PowerOrganic account. If you wish to follow us on Twitter please use @OrganicDeliCafe or visit http://www.twitter.c om/organicdelicafe Thanks again for your support, The Power Gourmet Team Power_Gourmet
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6:43pm Fri 18 May 12

Dusty says...

Going to look on FB now
Going to look on FB now Dusty
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6:44pm Fri 18 May 12

Dusty says...

Page not found :o/
Page not found :o/ Dusty
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6:47pm Fri 18 May 12

Dusty says...

You should be sending Costa next door a bunch of flowers for the free publicity ;o)
You should be sending Costa next door a bunch of flowers for the free publicity ;o) Dusty
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6:49pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmetDelicafe says...

Dusty wrote:
Page not found :o/
facebook.com/organic
delicafe
[quote][p][bold]Dusty[/bold] wrote: Page not found :o/[/p][/quote]facebook.com/organic delicafe PowerGourmetDelicafe
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6:50pm Fri 18 May 12

userds5050 says...

What was the website again?
What was the website again? userds5050
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6:51pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmetDelicafe says...

PowerGourmetDelicafe wrote:
Dusty wrote: Page not found :o/
facebook.com/organic delicafe
at the end of facebook.com just put "/organicdelicafe" should work..
[quote][p][bold]PowerGourmetDelicafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dusty[/bold] wrote: Page not found :o/[/p][/quote]facebook.com/organic delicafe[/p][/quote]at the end of facebook.com just put "/organicdelicafe" should work.. PowerGourmetDelicafe
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6:52pm Fri 18 May 12

PowerGourmetDelicafe says...

userds5050 wrote:
What was the website again?
powergourmet.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: What was the website again?[/p][/quote]powergourmet.co.uk PowerGourmetDelicafe
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6:56pm Fri 18 May 12

lisa_wild69 says...

PowerGourmetDelicafe wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.
Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products.
When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that!

To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location!

I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition.

Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!!
[quote][p][bold]PowerGourmetDelicafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.[/p][/quote]Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products. When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that! To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location! I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition. Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!! lisa_wild69
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7:18pm Fri 18 May 12

For pity sake says...

To correct the balance -
it's Costa every time for me.
As for Starbucks, I refuse to drink gnat's piddle.
To correct the balance - it's Costa every time for me. As for Starbucks, I refuse to drink gnat's piddle. For pity sake
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7:19pm Fri 18 May 12

bradshaw22 says...

lisa_wild69 wrote:
PowerGourmetDelicafe wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.
Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products. When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that! To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location! I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition. Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!!
Being in Southampton a while, I believe that location next to Costa was always a coffee shop, maybe not Power Gourmet, I am all for independant and I think bullying by chain stores, dicatating in our town what laws the Council should enforce is unacceptable. Im certainly not going into Costa again.... I guess I can understand a small business wanting to be heard next to a bully chain .... good on you Power Gourmet, stand up... and I think your idea is great and different...we dont all have to be sheep. Thank you for being a much needed indpendant in Southampton High Street, im tired of all the High Streets looking the same.. Costa Stop bullying them.. we know you have deep pockets!!
[quote][p][bold]lisa_wild69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PowerGourmetDelicafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.[/p][/quote]Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products. When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that! To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location! I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition. Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!![/p][/quote]Being in Southampton a while, I believe that location next to Costa was always a coffee shop, maybe not Power Gourmet, I am all for independant and I think bullying by chain stores, dicatating in our town what laws the Council should enforce is unacceptable. Im certainly not going into Costa again.... I guess I can understand a small business wanting to be heard next to a bully chain .... good on you Power Gourmet, stand up... and I think your idea is great and different...we dont all have to be sheep. Thank you for being a much needed indpendant in Southampton High Street, im tired of all the High Streets looking the same.. Costa Stop bullying them.. we know you have deep pockets!! bradshaw22
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7:21pm Fri 18 May 12

good-gosh says...

Son of Fred wrote:
Storm in a tea-cup
I had to chuckle at this. And it’s an accurate summary, all in just 5 words.
[quote][p][bold]Son of Fred[/bold] wrote: Storm in a tea-cup[/p][/quote]I had to chuckle at this. And it’s an accurate summary, all in just 5 words. good-gosh
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7:23pm Fri 18 May 12

ottostrasser says...

Working in town tomorrow. Never heard of powergourmet before but I will check it out.
Working in town tomorrow. Never heard of powergourmet before but I will check it out. ottostrasser
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7:55pm Fri 18 May 12

TimTam says...

Costa lot!
Costa lot! TimTam
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8:01pm Fri 18 May 12

Linesman says...

TimTam wrote:
Costa lot!
Costa few customers.
[quote][p][bold]TimTam[/bold] wrote: Costa lot![/p][/quote]Costa few customers. Linesman
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8:08pm Fri 18 May 12

Nick Tann says...

I prefer my own coffee. Freshly roasted.
I prefer my own coffee. Freshly roasted. Nick Tann
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8:36pm Fri 18 May 12

KLOUD9 says...

I think Power Gourmet have got it spot on, its great decor, nice staff and totally organic, which is quite impressive. I think its important to have food free from pesticides and additives adn there food tastes great and fresh, well done Power Gourmet, Costa is simply threatened and rightly so, you were packed when I went in, and I think they are worried. Who are they to be the undesignated police enforcer on behalf of the council! They just want to stop you getting popular and you will as your concept is new and commendable, I thought you were a franchise, I was surprised that you were an independant, well done for great efforts!
I think Power Gourmet have got it spot on, its great decor, nice staff and totally organic, which is quite impressive. I think its important to have food free from pesticides and additives adn there food tastes great and fresh, well done Power Gourmet, Costa is simply threatened and rightly so, you were packed when I went in, and I think they are worried. Who are they to be the undesignated police enforcer on behalf of the council! They just want to stop you getting popular and you will as your concept is new and commendable, I thought you were a franchise, I was surprised that you were an independant, well done for great efforts! KLOUD9
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8:41pm Fri 18 May 12

KLOUD9 says...

Nick Tann wrote:
I prefer my own coffee. Freshly roasted.
Coffee is quite a sprayed crop, and so normal coffee has pesticides why organic is the way to go... !
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tann[/bold] wrote: I prefer my own coffee. Freshly roasted.[/p][/quote]Coffee is quite a sprayed crop, and so normal coffee has pesticides why organic is the way to go... ! KLOUD9
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8:58pm Fri 18 May 12

f2097 says...

Wow that article is so misleading and one sided. Its worded that its one little shop going up against a corporate giant.... despite mentioning that the branch of Costa in question is a franchise. They are both local business'. It looks to me that Costa were right to complain if the new company was braking the rules on sampling. The Gourmet guy should be apologetic for breaking the rules and if anything he is bullying Costa, who are probably much more limited in what they can do trading under a brand. Pretty desperate tactics really. Shame on the Echo are joining in.
Wow that article is so misleading and one sided. Its worded that its one little shop going up against a corporate giant.... despite mentioning that the branch of Costa in question is a franchise. They are both local business'. It looks to me that Costa were right to complain if the new company was braking the rules on sampling. The Gourmet guy should be apologetic for breaking the rules and if anything he is bullying Costa, who are probably much more limited in what they can do trading under a brand. Pretty desperate tactics really. Shame on the Echo are joining in. f2097
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9:04pm Fri 18 May 12

good-gosh says...

Is it Costa who put their cups on those oddly shaped eccentric saucers? I’m sure they cause me momentary brain damage!
Is it Costa who put their cups on those oddly shaped eccentric saucers? I’m sure they cause me momentary brain damage! good-gosh
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9:09pm Fri 18 May 12

BEAN23 says...

Power gourmet would know all about bullying tactics!!!
Power gourmet would know all about bullying tactics!!! BEAN23
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9:51pm Fri 18 May 12

chrisbutt1982 says...

I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa.
I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa. chrisbutt1982
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11:03pm Fri 18 May 12

Stubs says...

I think these coffee places are such a rip off. Why spend all that money when you can buy a jar of coffee in Tesco which will last for about 2 months. Costa know how to charge allright. Costa a flaming lot.
I think these coffee places are such a rip off. Why spend all that money when you can buy a jar of coffee in Tesco which will last for about 2 months. Costa know how to charge allright. Costa a flaming lot. Stubs
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11:16pm Fri 18 May 12

stepup says...

Stubs wrote:
I think these coffee places are such a rip off. Why spend all that money when you can buy a jar of coffee in Tesco which will last for about 2 months. Costa know how to charge allright. Costa a flaming lot.
Yes COSTA - "COST A LOT", bully boys! Leave Power Gourmet alone..
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: I think these coffee places are such a rip off. Why spend all that money when you can buy a jar of coffee in Tesco which will last for about 2 months. Costa know how to charge allright. Costa a flaming lot.[/p][/quote]Yes COSTA - "COST A LOT", bully boys! Leave Power Gourmet alone.. stepup
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11:20pm Fri 18 May 12

stepup says...

Anyway Costa only probably complained to the council not for the good of Southampton City Centre or anything, probably to protect their own interests and worried about customers being lost to Power Gourmet!
Anyway Costa only probably complained to the council not for the good of Southampton City Centre or anything, probably to protect their own interests and worried about customers being lost to Power Gourmet! stepup
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3:56am Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ! BillyTheKid
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7:16am Sat 19 May 12

CHARLIE TAYLOR says...

PowerGourmet wrote:
Hi guys! Power Gourmet here.

Just to say thank you all for your support - please do visit our website: http://www.powergour

met.co.uk or come in for your buy one get one free organic coffee voucher, so we can say thank you for supporting us and our local growers, farmers, and partners.

We really appreciate the local community vouching for us.

We are at 8 High Street in Southampton city centre, opposite Argos.
next door to costa
[quote][p][bold]PowerGourmet[/bold] wrote: Hi guys! Power Gourmet here. Just to say thank you all for your support - please do visit our website: http://www.powergour met.co.uk or come in for your buy one get one free organic coffee voucher, so we can say thank you for supporting us and our local growers, farmers, and partners. We really appreciate the local community vouching for us. We are at 8 High Street in Southampton city centre, opposite Argos.[/p][/quote]next door to costa CHARLIE TAYLOR
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7:40am Sat 19 May 12

Northamboy says...

I use the Costa everyday but from now they have lost my custom.
I use the Costa everyday but from now they have lost my custom. Northamboy
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7:59am Sat 19 May 12

Nod says...

I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.
I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+. Nod
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9:43am Sat 19 May 12

bigfella777 says...

I never use these expensive coffee shops,there is too much fuss in making it and you have to queue.I went into Pret a Manger the other day to have a look,they wanted £4 for a tiny cup of soup!So I left.
As for power gourmet it looks like some sort of sports supplement shop and the colours make me want to stay well away from the place,hideous.
What is wrong with a good old greasy spoon like we used to have,tea or coffee,cup or mug,we dont need Mega grandissimaximo skinny mocca locca ram a lam a ding dong decafs we ust want a cheap hot drink.
I never use these expensive coffee shops,there is too much fuss in making it and you have to queue.I went into Pret a Manger the other day to have a look,they wanted £4 for a tiny cup of soup!So I left. As for power gourmet it looks like some sort of sports supplement shop and the colours make me want to stay well away from the place,hideous. What is wrong with a good old greasy spoon like we used to have,tea or coffee,cup or mug,we dont need Mega grandissimaximo skinny mocca locca ram a lam a ding dong decafs we ust want a cheap hot drink. bigfella777
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9:56am Sat 19 May 12

mercrocker says...

Absolutely right, bigfella...Give Costapacket, Megabucks and all the other parasites a miss. Who needs stupid leather sofas and ten questions before you get ripped off. We've nearly lost the British pub lets not lose the British caff as well. Support your local greasy spoon - once these chains fail to make their "targets" they will soon naff off and leave us alone...
Absolutely right, bigfella...Give Costapacket, Megabucks and all the other parasites a miss. Who needs stupid leather sofas and ten questions before you get ripped off. We've nearly lost the British pub lets not lose the British caff as well. Support your local greasy spoon - once these chains fail to make their "targets" they will soon naff off and leave us alone... mercrocker
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10:14am Sat 19 May 12

Bagamn says...

Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.
Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days. Bagamn
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10:14am Sat 19 May 12

Bagamn says...

Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.
Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days. Bagamn
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10:37am Sat 19 May 12

pod says...

Bagamn wrote:
Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.
I was not allowed to go in there, but I know my older sister used to sneak in, I have always regretted not being brave enough to do the same.
Also agree with other posts, if I do drink coffee out, I always look for the greasy spoon type cafe, much better value.
remember when I was still watching corrie, a customer came in and asked Vera what type of coffee they had, she replied 'two' - cup or mug!!
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.[/p][/quote]I was not allowed to go in there, but I know my older sister used to sneak in, I have always regretted not being brave enough to do the same. Also agree with other posts, if I do drink coffee out, I always look for the greasy spoon type cafe, much better value. remember when I was still watching corrie, a customer came in and asked Vera what type of coffee they had, she replied 'two' - cup or mug!! pod
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12:20pm Sat 19 May 12

PrincessPea says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap! PrincessPea
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12:24pm Sat 19 May 12

PrincessPea says...

Bagamn wrote:
Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.
You didn't get ripped off because it's was 60 years ago
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.[/p][/quote]You didn't get ripped off because it's was 60 years ago PrincessPea
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1:03pm Sat 19 May 12

cityboy74 says...

simply because of Robin Arkle's attitude, and that fact he is a representative of that brand, No more of my money going into the "deep " pockets of costa, Good luck Arkle, How to ruin a business in one easy step. "Support the independents" oh Arkle you should read up on Gerald Ratner, someone else who got above themselves.
simply because of Robin Arkle's attitude, and that fact he is a representative of that brand, No more of my money going into the "deep " pockets of costa, Good luck Arkle, How to ruin a business in one easy step. "Support the independents" oh Arkle you should read up on Gerald Ratner, someone else who got above themselves. cityboy74
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2:00pm Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
[quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water. BillyTheKid
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2:14pm Sat 19 May 12

rich the stitch says...

Crikey, calm down. You're coming across like an owner of a costa coffee shop.
Crikey, calm down. You're coming across like an owner of a costa coffee shop. rich the stitch
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3:11pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago.

Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law?
Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago. Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law? IronLady2010
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3:29pm Sat 19 May 12

Georgem says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Costa have lost my custom, they never actually ever had it, but they definitely won't get it now....
I'm sure they're devastated that someone who never went there, still won't be going there. Power to the people!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Costa have lost my custom, they never actually ever had it, but they definitely won't get it now....[/p][/quote]I'm sure they're devastated that someone who never went there, still won't be going there. Power to the people! Georgem
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3:30pm Sat 19 May 12

Georgem says...

How much are Power Gourmet paying for this advert?
How much are Power Gourmet paying for this advert? Georgem
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3:30pm Sat 19 May 12

Georgem says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago.

Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law?
What's expresso? Is it anything like espresso?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago. Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law?[/p][/quote]What's expresso? Is it anything like espresso? Georgem
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3:38pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Georgem wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago.

Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law?
What's expresso? Is it anything like espresso?
Well spotted ;-) x
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Power Gourmet were offering samples of Expresso (if I heard correctly) when I walked past several days ago. Although he was standing in his own doorway and not on the street, not breaching any by-law?[/p][/quote]What's expresso? Is it anything like espresso?[/p][/quote]Well spotted ;-) x IronLady2010
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3:54pm Sat 19 May 12

flashhart2000 says...

I think that Costa has just torpedoed themselves they should just stick to cruiselines!
I think that Costa has just torpedoed themselves they should just stick to cruiselines! flashhart2000
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4:06pm Sat 19 May 12

randomguy91 says...

Nod wrote:
I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.
this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.[/p][/quote]this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!! randomguy91
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4:09pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

randomguy91 wrote:
Nod wrote:
I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.
this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!!
I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away.

Just adding a third option ;-)
[quote][p][bold]randomguy91[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.[/p][/quote]this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!![/p][/quote]I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away. Just adding a third option ;-) IronLady2010
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4:18pm Sat 19 May 12

randomguy91 says...

tantalise your tastebuds with the silky smooth hot chocolate, the nectar of angels, it doesnt costa lot and if you eat here too it wont costa fortune, proper products proper prices, fair trade free range and organic :) x
tantalise your tastebuds with the silky smooth hot chocolate, the nectar of angels, it doesnt costa lot and if you eat here too it wont costa fortune, proper products proper prices, fair trade free range and organic :) x randomguy91
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4:41pm Sat 19 May 12

PrincessPea says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much!

It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do.

I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock.

I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you. PrincessPea
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4:53pm Sat 19 May 12

rich the stitch says...

Crikey, calm down. You're coming across like an owner of a costa coffee shop.
Crikey, calm down. You're coming across like an owner of a costa coffee shop. rich the stitch
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5:00pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Let's be fair both parties are at fault in their own way. One has gone to the Council on a By-Law issue the other has gone to The Echo.

Both parties have to work next to each other, learn to get along or you'll end up focusing your energy on negative issues rather than improving your own business. Both of you are currently at the last of my list as in your own ways, you're both as bad as each other. Tit for Tat and all that!

I wish both businesses the very best as employers in our City.
Let's be fair both parties are at fault in their own way. One has gone to the Council on a By-Law issue the other has gone to The Echo. Both parties have to work next to each other, learn to get along or you'll end up focusing your energy on negative issues rather than improving your own business. Both of you are currently at the last of my list as in your own ways, you're both as bad as each other. Tit for Tat and all that! I wish both businesses the very best as employers in our City. IronLady2010
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5:17pm Sat 19 May 12

cliffwalker says...

lisa_wild69 wrote:
PowerGourmetDelicafe wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.
Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products.
When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that!

To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location!

I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition.

Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!!
The premises next door to Costa, now occupied by Power Gourmet, was a cafe where I was a customer long before Costa set up in direct competition. I've not tried this incarnation of Costa but if it's similar to others I have tried at airports long ago it won't get my custom. Only my preference, of course, but I don't like Costa's product or prices.
[quote][p][bold]lisa_wild69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PowerGourmetDelicafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.[/p][/quote]Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products. When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that! To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location! I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition. Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!![/p][/quote]The premises next door to Costa, now occupied by Power Gourmet, was a cafe where I was a customer long before Costa set up in direct competition. I've not tried this incarnation of Costa but if it's similar to others I have tried at airports long ago it won't get my custom. Only my preference, of course, but I don't like Costa's product or prices. cliffwalker
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5:30pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

cliffwalker wrote:
lisa_wild69 wrote:
PowerGourmetDelicafe wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
bradshaw22 wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk!
Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop!
The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.
Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products.
When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that!

To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location!

I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition.

Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!!
The premises next door to Costa, now occupied by Power Gourmet, was a cafe where I was a customer long before Costa set up in direct competition. I've not tried this incarnation of Costa but if it's similar to others I have tried at airports long ago it won't get my custom. Only my preference, of course, but I don't like Costa's product or prices.
Whilst you don't like them, lots of others do as they were extremely busy this lunchtime, when I walked past.

The power of choice is a great thing!

I don't do Organic stuff, but that's my choice and currently I am allowed to choose between Organic and Non-Organic.

Good luck to both these businesses.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lisa_wild69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PowerGourmetDelicafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradshaw22[/bold] wrote: No its not "I believe it is @powerorganic" its @organicdelicafe! I found it on their website....www.power gourmet.co.uk![/p][/quote]Both seem to work for the Soton coffee shop![/p][/quote]The main one is @organicdelicafe, just less than 3K followers.[/p][/quote]Power Gourmet - The other day one member of your staff had got some school kids shouting at people walking down the high street to come into your shop and try your products. When I didn't go in as yes, I wanted a Costa (my choice) I was shouted at and obscenities thrown my way - thanks for that! To be honest, what IDIOT decided to put your business next to a leading brand anyway? First rule of business: Location Location Location! I don't like to see businesses loose out - but stop the pettiness and frankly desperation and get on with healthy competition. Oh, and no more insults when I'm on my break at work please!!![/p][/quote]The premises next door to Costa, now occupied by Power Gourmet, was a cafe where I was a customer long before Costa set up in direct competition. I've not tried this incarnation of Costa but if it's similar to others I have tried at airports long ago it won't get my custom. Only my preference, of course, but I don't like Costa's product or prices.[/p][/quote]Whilst you don't like them, lots of others do as they were extremely busy this lunchtime, when I walked past. The power of choice is a great thing! I don't do Organic stuff, but that's my choice and currently I am allowed to choose between Organic and Non-Organic. Good luck to both these businesses. IronLady2010
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5:38pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

http://www.powergour
met.co.uk/what-is-or
ganic/

What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested!
http://www.powergour met.co.uk/what-is-or ganic/ What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested! IronLady2010
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5:46pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
http://www.powergour

met.co.uk/what-is-or

ganic/

What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested!
So, I click on the next page and get this statement' Power Gourmet is Southampton’s first organic cafe to be awarded the Gold ood for Life '

Missed an F off food. Come on guys, you're a small business taking on a chain, attention to detail does matter ;-)
Good luck x
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: http://www.powergour met.co.uk/what-is-or ganic/ What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested![/p][/quote]So, I click on the next page and get this statement' Power Gourmet is Southampton’s first organic cafe to be awarded the Gold ood for Life ' Missed an F off food. Come on guys, you're a small business taking on a chain, attention to detail does matter ;-) Good luck x IronLady2010
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5:57pm Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much!

It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do.

I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock.

I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead.

You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you.

What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ?

Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way.

You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.
[quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.[/p][/quote]You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager. BillyTheKid
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5:59pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much!

It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do.

I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock.

I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead.

You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you.

What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ?

Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way.

You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.
Bit harsh! x
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.[/p][/quote]You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh! x IronLady2010
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6:54pm Sat 19 May 12

rich the stitch says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much!

It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do.

I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock.

I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead.

You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you.

What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ?

Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way.

You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.
Bit harsh! x
'you make wild groundless assumptions' what like 'I bet you don't give money to charity'. Think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.[/p][/quote]You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh! x[/p][/quote]'you make wild groundless assumptions' what like 'I bet you don't give money to charity'. Think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat. rich the stitch
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6:59pm Sat 19 May 12

Vonnie says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.
Bit harsh! x
When, in a debate, or on a comments page, a person resorts to personal insults and is not commenting on the subject in hand, they have lost their argument.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.[/p][/quote]You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh! x[/p][/quote]When, in a debate, or on a comments page, a person resorts to personal insults and is not commenting on the subject in hand, they have lost their argument. Vonnie
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7:07pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Can you please stop quoting the wrong person. Quote the person you take issue with and not me. It takes up too much space.
Can you please stop quoting the wrong person. Quote the person you take issue with and not me. It takes up too much space. IronLady2010
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7:14pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Both parties are at fault, they need to work together and encourage visitors to their premises.

My issue is WHO went to The Echo, to score cheap publicity. One could argue Costa were being Law abiding by reporting a breach of By-Laws. They're both as bad as each other.

Shake hands and move on!

Good luck to you both and get over this stupid, pathetic issue.
Both parties are at fault, they need to work together and encourage visitors to their premises. My issue is WHO went to The Echo, to score cheap publicity. One could argue Costa were being Law abiding by reporting a breach of By-Laws. They're both as bad as each other. Shake hands and move on! Good luck to you both and get over this stupid, pathetic issue. IronLady2010
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7:26pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

I note Power Gourmet haven't updated their website to show why we should choose Organic over Non-Organic. They've gone a bit quiet after having their name in the papers on a busy Saturday Trading.

WHAT IS ORGANIC, AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
CONTENT NEEDED.

As a Business owner, heads would be rolling right now for such silly errors after going to the media.

I may also suggest, you involve more staff in the photo. Some of us are also interested in what a local Company is doing for jobs etc.

Costa for example, with more than one outlet provide local jobs etc.
I note Power Gourmet haven't updated their website to show why we should choose Organic over Non-Organic. They've gone a bit quiet after having their name in the papers on a busy Saturday Trading. WHAT IS ORGANIC, AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? CONTENT NEEDED. As a Business owner, heads would be rolling right now for such silly errors after going to the media. I may also suggest, you involve more staff in the photo. Some of us are also interested in what a local Company is doing for jobs etc. Costa for example, with more than one outlet provide local jobs etc. IronLady2010
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7:39pm Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

rich the stitch wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
PrincessPea wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
£2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities !
What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?!

For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh!

Instant coffee tastes like crap!
Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying !

These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement.

My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it.

By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ?

And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.
Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much!

It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do.

I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock.

I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.
You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead.

You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you.

What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ?

Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way.

You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.
Bit harsh! x
'you make wild groundless assumptions' what like 'I bet you don't give money to charity'. Think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat.
I did think before I wrote.

I thought : there are an awful lot of people here wittering on, at great length, about nothing more important than a cup of coffee. Then I thought : I'll make a provocative statement that will nudge their consciences.

To say "I bet" is not making an assumption, but simply stating I would go so far as to wager that a particular possibility might be the case. When you "bet" on a horse, you don't "assume" it is going to win.

So, Rich, think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat.
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PrincessPea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: £2-3.00 for a cup of coffee ? You can get a whole bl oody jar of it in Sainbury's for that money. And I bet none of you donate to any charities ![/p][/quote]What a bloody stupid comment. How has this story got anything to do with charities?! For you information I would happily spend £4 on a coffee as a treat (Starbucks as costa is crap) and yes I also donate to various charities, shocking huh! Instant coffee tastes like crap![/p][/quote]Oh dear, what a sad little girl who can't understand what the grown-ups are saying ! These fashionable places, whether it's clothes, curry or coffee always charge way too much money because, as they say, the market will stand it. In other words, mugs like you will waste your money on it for the sake of a lifestyle statement. My second point was to emphasise the first by suggesting, quite arrogantly I suppose, that I thought that people's priorities were wrong if they felt able to waste money in this way. I implied that donating to charity was a more honourable way of shedding excess cash if you have it. By the way....how do you know what cra p tastes like ? Do you cut it up with a knife and fork, or use a big spoon ? And next time you spend £4.00 on a cup of coffee, think of the hundreds of children, somewhere in the world, who will die that night for want of one cup of water.[/p][/quote]Little girl?! I'm in my 40's thank you very much! It is not a waste of money I I can afford it and enjoy it, which I do. I suppose you give all you're spare money to charity do you and don't buy anything that isn't completely essential. What a load of old bullcock. I earn my money and will spend it on exactly what I want thank you.[/p][/quote]You arrogant, petulant, self-centered, pompous, opinionated airhead. You did not appear to understand what I had written, so I spelled it out for you. What is "spare" money ? Is that leftover money, money you don't need ? Like most poorly-educated nitwits, you make wild, groundless assumptions. But no, I don't waste money on £4.00 cups of coffee, and, although I don't confine my purchasing solely to essentials, I certainly don't waste it on pointless luxuries. I think you'll find most normal people think that way. You may be nearly fifty years old, but mentally you seem to exhibit the intellect and maturity of a teenager.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh! x[/p][/quote]'you make wild groundless assumptions' what like 'I bet you don't give money to charity'. Think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat.[/p][/quote]I did think before I wrote. I thought : there are an awful lot of people here wittering on, at great length, about nothing more important than a cup of coffee. Then I thought : I'll make a provocative statement that will nudge their consciences. To say "I bet" is not making an assumption, but simply stating I would go so far as to wager that a particular possibility might be the case. When you "bet" on a horse, you don't "assume" it is going to win. So, Rich, think before you write, otherwise you can make yourself look to be a bit of a prat. BillyTheKid
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7:56pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Billythekid, I may have missed your opinion on the original article in among all the adverts and slatings etc.

So, Was it wrong for Costa to report the neighbour to SCC for breach of By-Law and was it wrong for Power Gourmet to go to The Echo?

Are both sides at fault or should we continue to go ahead with talking about fellow members contributions?
Billythekid, I may have missed your opinion on the original article in among all the adverts and slatings etc. So, Was it wrong for Costa to report the neighbour to SCC for breach of By-Law and was it wrong for Power Gourmet to go to The Echo? Are both sides at fault or should we continue to go ahead with talking about fellow members contributions? IronLady2010
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8:08pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Nothing better than Kenco Rapport, 3 spoons of with a dash of milk. Fresh Coffee tastes awful.

But, we all have opinions. Never do I drink chocolate!
Nothing better than Kenco Rapport, 3 spoons of with a dash of milk. Fresh Coffee tastes awful. But, we all have opinions. Never do I drink chocolate! IronLady2010
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8:19pm Sat 19 May 12

soton_resident says...

Bagamn wrote:
Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.
Don't remember the tea option - frothy coffee in a wide pyrex type cup or coke with slice of lemon in it is how I recall it.
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: Does anyone remember the Checkpoint at the Bargate? That was the place to be in the fifties and the sixties. We didn't get ripped off for some fancy names. You got frothy coffee or tea. Oh Hum, great days.[/p][/quote]Don't remember the tea option - frothy coffee in a wide pyrex type cup or coke with slice of lemon in it is how I recall it. soton_resident
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8:35pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

I grow some veg in my small garden, but accept seagulls will no doubt do business and spread non organic things amongst my small crop. Can I guarantee my crops are Organic? No!

This Organic stuff is a novelty, just a marketing ploy.
I grow some veg in my small garden, but accept seagulls will no doubt do business and spread non organic things amongst my small crop. Can I guarantee my crops are Organic? No! This Organic stuff is a novelty, just a marketing ploy. IronLady2010
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9:03pm Sat 19 May 12

callumj1991 says...

I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY!
I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY! callumj1991
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9:21pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

callumj1991 wrote:
I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY!
It's a Coffee shop!!!! Are people really so obsessed with Coffee shops be it Organic or not that it comes to a dispute?

Do you realise how stupid it is?

One went to the Council for Legal reasons, the other went to the local rag. Do we really care?

Both venues create jobs.
[quote][p][bold]callumj1991[/bold] wrote: I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY![/p][/quote]It's a Coffee shop!!!! Are people really so obsessed with Coffee shops be it Organic or not that it comes to a dispute? Do you realise how stupid it is? One went to the Council for Legal reasons, the other went to the local rag. Do we really care? Both venues create jobs. IronLady2010
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9:42pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
callumj1991 wrote:
I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY!
It's a Coffee shop!!!! Are people really so obsessed with Coffee shops be it Organic or not that it comes to a dispute?

Do you realise how stupid it is?

One went to the Council for Legal reasons, the other went to the local rag. Do we really care?

Both venues create jobs.
AND both Venues are to blame. One went for the legal route, one went for publicity. The public will decide!

I vote for High Street Cafe or does Tesco still have the machine in there for great coffee.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]callumj1991[/bold] wrote: I am a regular customer of Costa in Southampton! They do the best hot chocolates and I would not go anywhere else! The staff are always friendly and helpful and the manager is lovely! They make me feel welcome when I walk in and I'm disgusted about all these "excellent" comments from the other store! COSTA ALL THE WAY![/p][/quote]It's a Coffee shop!!!! Are people really so obsessed with Coffee shops be it Organic or not that it comes to a dispute? Do you realise how stupid it is? One went to the Council for Legal reasons, the other went to the local rag. Do we really care? Both venues create jobs.[/p][/quote]AND both Venues are to blame. One went for the legal route, one went for publicity. The public will decide! I vote for High Street Cafe or does Tesco still have the machine in there for great coffee. IronLady2010
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9:58pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Hang on, does Tesco sell sandwiches and crisps? There you go!
Hang on, does Tesco sell sandwiches and crisps? There you go! IronLady2010
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10:08pm Sat 19 May 12

stepup says...

chrisbutt1982 wrote:
I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa.
Hey you couldnt get a clearer account.... Costa was out of place that day, but maybe it was just a slip up... they should just go to Power Gourmet and say they handled the situation badly and shake hands.. will they swallow their ego to that.. I wonder...! Your never too big to say sorry...
[quote][p][bold]chrisbutt1982[/bold] wrote: I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa.[/p][/quote]Hey you couldnt get a clearer account.... Costa was out of place that day, but maybe it was just a slip up... they should just go to Power Gourmet and say they handled the situation badly and shake hands.. will they swallow their ego to that.. I wonder...! Your never too big to say sorry... stepup
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10:28pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

stepup wrote:
chrisbutt1982 wrote:
I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa.
Hey you couldnt get a clearer account.... Costa was out of place that day, but maybe it was just a slip up... they should just go to Power Gourmet and say they handled the situation badly and shake hands.. will they swallow their ego to that.. I wonder...! Your never too big to say sorry...
We are forgetting one issue here. Who upheld our local By-Law?

We whine about shoplifters when it suits us etc.

Costa have done nothing wrong as far as this article describes other than ensure our local rules are applied.

So whom is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]stepup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisbutt1982[/bold] wrote: I was sat outside costa coffee the day this happened. I couldn't believe how the man (supposedly the manager of costa) was taking pictures of the sampling and speaking to them in a very rude manner. Costa that day took their lives into their own hands, I guess ti try and scare Power Gourmet off. I do hope this happens because I will be in there soon enough enjoying a buy one get one free coffee rather than the £3 for one in costa.[/p][/quote]Hey you couldnt get a clearer account.... Costa was out of place that day, but maybe it was just a slip up... they should just go to Power Gourmet and say they handled the situation badly and shake hands.. will they swallow their ego to that.. I wonder...! Your never too big to say sorry...[/p][/quote]We are forgetting one issue here. Who upheld our local By-Law? We whine about shoplifters when it suits us etc. Costa have done nothing wrong as far as this article describes other than ensure our local rules are applied. So whom is wrong. IronLady2010
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10:50pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic!
The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic! IronLady2010
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10:57pm Sat 19 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Oh, hang on..................
Oh, hang on.................. IronLady2010
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11:02pm Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Billythekid, I may have missed your opinion on the original article in among all the adverts and slatings etc.

So, Was it wrong for Costa to report the neighbour to SCC for breach of By-Law and was it wrong for Power Gourmet to go to The Echo?

Are both sides at fault or should we continue to go ahead with talking about fellow members contributions?
I believe people should talk to each other and reach total deadlock before they consider exploring official channels.

It is not for us to judge whether it was right or wrong of them to take whatever action they chose, providing they were legally entitled to do so.

It's coffee, and not essential. So I am not very interested in them. I have found it amusing to discover just how important it all is to the chattering classes !

If someone is rude, and does not appear to be a troll, I will take them to task if I feel like it. Princess Poo, or whatever he/she/it calls him/her/itself came into that category.

Why are you trying to get order in this bear-pit ? Aren't there better discussion forums for someone of your integrity ? None of my business, I know, but I was just (politely) wondering.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Billythekid, I may have missed your opinion on the original article in among all the adverts and slatings etc. So, Was it wrong for Costa to report the neighbour to SCC for breach of By-Law and was it wrong for Power Gourmet to go to The Echo? Are both sides at fault or should we continue to go ahead with talking about fellow members contributions?[/p][/quote]I believe people should talk to each other and reach total deadlock before they consider exploring official channels. It is not for us to judge whether it was right or wrong of them to take whatever action they chose, providing they were legally entitled to do so. It's coffee, and not essential. So I am not very interested in them. I have found it amusing to discover just how important it all is to the chattering classes ! If someone is rude, and does not appear to be a troll, I will take them to task if I feel like it. Princess Poo, or whatever he/she/it calls him/her/itself came into that category. Why are you trying to get order in this bear-pit ? Aren't there better discussion forums for someone of your integrity ? None of my business, I know, but I was just (politely) wondering. BillyTheKid
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11:46pm Sat 19 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic!
Iron Lady, I've been thinking. You would be ideal as a moderator on this forum. Obviously you would need a team of people who would take it in turns to do their shift, but the incentive would that you could ban posters who broke the rules.
Just a thought, and please take it as an honest compliment.

However, I think the Echo are opposed to moderation. Well, they are only "local rag" journalists - never going to win any literary prizes, are they ?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic![/p][/quote]Iron Lady, I've been thinking. You would be ideal as a moderator on this forum. Obviously you would need a team of people who would take it in turns to do their shift, but the incentive would that you could ban posters who broke the rules. Just a thought, and please take it as an honest compliment. However, I think the Echo are opposed to moderation. Well, they are only "local rag" journalists - never going to win any literary prizes, are they ? BillyTheKid
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2:42am Sun 20 May 12

mack chinnon says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic!
Iron Lady, I've been thinking. You would be ideal as a moderator on this forum. Obviously you would need a team of people who would take it in turns to do their shift, but the incentive would that you could ban posters who broke the rules.
Just a thought, and please take it as an honest compliment.

However, I think the Echo are opposed to moderation. Well, they are only "local rag" journalists - never going to win any literary prizes, are they ?
Dik,do one.
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The next thing is we'll have Big Issue sellers outside, all in the name of Organic![/p][/quote]Iron Lady, I've been thinking. You would be ideal as a moderator on this forum. Obviously you would need a team of people who would take it in turns to do their shift, but the incentive would that you could ban posters who broke the rules. Just a thought, and please take it as an honest compliment. However, I think the Echo are opposed to moderation. Well, they are only "local rag" journalists - never going to win any literary prizes, are they ?[/p][/quote]Dik,do one. mack chinnon
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6:39am Sun 20 May 12

Totton Ric says...

Costa lot Money. That was a threat from costa saying they had” deep pockets” !, costa helped kill off the good old café & who want's to pay £2-£3 for a coffee anyway, cheaper to have a Pint !
Costa lot Money. That was a threat from costa saying they had” deep pockets” !, costa helped kill off the good old café & who want's to pay £2-£3 for a coffee anyway, cheaper to have a Pint ! Totton Ric
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11:54am Sun 20 May 12

PowerGourmet says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
randomguy91 wrote:
Nod wrote:
I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.
this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!!
I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away.

Just adding a third option ;-)
Hi all, we've now updated our What is Organic page to answer your questions and provide some insight on the organic debate. We've included why organic is beneficial, and the strict criteria all organic products has to meet to gain the certification.

we've also included some links to the EU regulations, useful parts of the Soil Association's website, and also a really insightful video.

Of course everyone will have their opinion on whether organic farming is important, but one of the big things for me personally is the TASTE.

You really cannot beat the taste of organic food and drinks. It's just so much richer. That's just my 2p worth, on behalf of our little deli cafe.

Do let us know what you think.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]randomguy91[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.[/p][/quote]this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!![/p][/quote]I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away. Just adding a third option ;-)[/p][/quote]Hi all, we've now updated our What is Organic page to answer your questions and provide some insight on the organic debate. We've included why organic is beneficial, and the strict criteria all organic products has to meet to gain the certification. we've also included some links to the EU regulations, useful parts of the Soil Association's website, and also a really insightful video. Of course everyone will have their opinion on whether organic farming is important, but one of the big things for me personally is the TASTE. You really cannot beat the taste of organic food and drinks. It's just so much richer. That's just my 2p worth, on behalf of our little deli cafe. Do let us know what you think. PowerGourmet
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11:57am Sun 20 May 12

PowerGourmet says...

PowerGourmet wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
randomguy91 wrote:
Nod wrote:
I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.
this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!!
I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away.

Just adding a third option ;-)
Hi all, we've now updated our What is Organic page to answer your questions and provide some insight on the organic debate. We've included why organic is beneficial, and the strict criteria all organic products has to meet to gain the certification.

we've also included some links to the EU regulations, useful parts of the Soil Association's website, and also a really insightful video.

Of course everyone will have their opinion on whether organic farming is important, but one of the big things for me personally is the TASTE.

You really cannot beat the taste of organic food and drinks. It's just so much richer. That's just my 2p worth, on behalf of our little deli cafe.

Do let us know what you think.
Oh and unless you wanted the specific page address, it's: http://www.powergour
met.co.uk/what-is-or
ganic
[quote][p][bold]PowerGourmet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]randomguy91[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I can not understand the organic movement. The point of pesticides are to remove things like animal faeces, urine and to make it safer for human consumption. Why go back to the days where we literally eat $#!+.[/p][/quote]this comment may have some materialistic truth to it, however, with the cotton wool nation as it is at the moment, and everything being steralised, everybody is now losing their immune system strength, did you drink water from the hose as a child? do you swim in the sea? would you pick a blackberry and eat it whilst walking through the countryside? organic has upto 60% more nutrients and anti-oxidants than standard foods, rock on for organic, why go to costa and sip on residues of potentially harmful pesticide and herbicide chemicals?? POWER ARMY!!!!![/p][/quote]I accept your point, but personally wouldn't visit either venue. The High Street Cafe is a short walk away. Just adding a third option ;-)[/p][/quote]Hi all, we've now updated our What is Organic page to answer your questions and provide some insight on the organic debate. We've included why organic is beneficial, and the strict criteria all organic products has to meet to gain the certification. we've also included some links to the EU regulations, useful parts of the Soil Association's website, and also a really insightful video. Of course everyone will have their opinion on whether organic farming is important, but one of the big things for me personally is the TASTE. You really cannot beat the taste of organic food and drinks. It's just so much richer. That's just my 2p worth, on behalf of our little deli cafe. Do let us know what you think.[/p][/quote]Oh and unless you wanted the specific page address, it's: http://www.powergour met.co.uk/what-is-or ganic PowerGourmet
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2:50pm Sun 20 May 12

NormanGunston says...

WTF is going on here? 'Illegal Sampling' clamped down on, yet its ok to fill Soton high street with charity muggers and tramps?

as for costa, wont be going there again. ridiculous way to act. I'm sure a polite ' you do know that's illegal' would have been enough, considering i doubt many people including myself would realise this is a problem.

btw where does this put the food stalls on thursday who offer people samples? the council should crack down on this evil trade! Its ruining our High Street!
WTF is going on here? 'Illegal Sampling' clamped down on, yet its ok to fill Soton high street with charity muggers and tramps? as for costa, wont be going there again. ridiculous way to act. I'm sure a polite ' you do know that's illegal' would have been enough, considering i doubt many people including myself would realise this is a problem. btw where does this put the food stalls on thursday who offer people samples? the council should crack down on this evil trade! Its ruining our High Street! NormanGunston
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3:10pm Sun 20 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Southampton. Above Bar. Once a bustling main street with cars, taxis, and buses, people dashing about from shop to shop. You could feel the very heartbeat of the city there.

Now look at it ! The precinct.....it looks like a run-down car boot sale !
Southampton. Above Bar. Once a bustling main street with cars, taxis, and buses, people dashing about from shop to shop. You could feel the very heartbeat of the city there. Now look at it ! The precinct.....it looks like a run-down car boot sale ! BillyTheKid
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8:12pm Sun 20 May 12

centralgirl says...

sorry for sounding thick but why is sampling outside your shop illegal, somebody should inform Costas in Portswood they do it quite often!!
sorry for sounding thick but why is sampling outside your shop illegal, somebody should inform Costas in Portswood they do it quite often!! centralgirl
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10:02pm Sun 20 May 12

oooarrr says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
http://www.powergour


met.co.uk/what-is-or


ganic/

What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested!
So, I click on the next page and get this statement' Power Gourmet is Southampton’s first organic cafe to be awarded the Gold ood for Life '

Missed an F off food. Come on guys, you're a small business taking on a chain, attention to detail does matter ;-)
Good luck x
It's a coffee shop!
There is no f in food.

:-)
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: http://www.powergour met.co.uk/what-is-or ganic/ What is Organic, and what are the benefits? They can't even fill out the bloomin page with content. I was interested![/p][/quote]So, I click on the next page and get this statement' Power Gourmet is Southampton’s first organic cafe to be awarded the Gold ood for Life ' Missed an F off food. Come on guys, you're a small business taking on a chain, attention to detail does matter ;-) Good luck x[/p][/quote]It's a coffee shop! There is no f in food. :-) oooarrr
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11:07pm Sun 20 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

Thank you to Power Gourmet for their update on the Organic info.
It was actually quite interesting reading.

I use Berocca as a morning additive to my diet, gives me a bit of a kick and provides me with most of my Vitamins.

Keep up the great work guys! x
Thank you to Power Gourmet for their update on the Organic info. It was actually quite interesting reading. I use Berocca as a morning additive to my diet, gives me a bit of a kick and provides me with most of my Vitamins. Keep up the great work guys! x IronLady2010
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11:41pm Sun 20 May 12

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Thank you to Power Gourmet for their update on the Organic info.
It was actually quite interesting reading.

I use Berocca as a morning additive to my diet, gives me a bit of a kick and provides me with most of my Vitamins.

Keep up the great work guys! x
You are able to purchase Berocca in most superstores such as Asda Waitrose, Tesco and Boots, many more outlets available.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Thank you to Power Gourmet for their update on the Organic info. It was actually quite interesting reading. I use Berocca as a morning additive to my diet, gives me a bit of a kick and provides me with most of my Vitamins. Keep up the great work guys! x[/p][/quote]You are able to purchase Berocca in most superstores such as Asda Waitrose, Tesco and Boots, many more outlets available. IronLady2010
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11:36am Mon 21 May 12

eurogordi says...

Considering there was a coffee shop/cafe where Power Gourmet is long before anyone had ever heard of Costa, it's Costa who should be forced to shut up shop. Having worked in retail, it is totally permitted to offer free samples providing there is no obstruction to the public highway. If the franchise owner of Costa had any business sense, he would be offering a "taste test" comparison with his business rival (remember the Pepsi versus Coca Cola tests in the eighties?). Then the customer could decide whether Power Gourmet or Costa Coffee is actually best before entering whichever establishment s/he chooses.
Considering there was a coffee shop/cafe where Power Gourmet is long before anyone had ever heard of Costa, it's Costa who should be forced to shut up shop. Having worked in retail, it is totally permitted to offer free samples providing there is no obstruction to the public highway. If the franchise owner of Costa had any business sense, he would be offering a "taste test" comparison with his business rival (remember the Pepsi versus Coca Cola tests in the eighties?). Then the customer could decide whether Power Gourmet or Costa Coffee is actually best before entering whichever establishment s/he chooses. eurogordi
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5:13pm Thu 24 May 12

birddog38 says...

I drink Costa, it is not over priced as quoted, take a look around at many other Coffee shops and what you actually get for your "cheaper" cup of coffee!
Anyway, I do think that the Franchise owner of this Costa should be ashamed of the conduct displayed and the damage that has been done to the "Costa" brand name in the petty feud that has occured.
Give it up folks, all the public want is a nice cup of coffee at THIER chosen location and a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy it!
I drink Costa, it is not over priced as quoted, take a look around at many other Coffee shops and what you actually get for your "cheaper" cup of coffee! Anyway, I do think that the Franchise owner of this Costa should be ashamed of the conduct displayed and the damage that has been done to the "Costa" brand name in the petty feud that has occured. Give it up folks, all the public want is a nice cup of coffee at THIER chosen location and a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy it! birddog38
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