There is a completely appalling story about Starbucks that has nothing to do with their burnt-tasting coffee.
Apparently, in every one of their TEN THOUSAND retail outlets, including those overseas, they leave cold water running in Dipper Wells ALL THE TIME.
Dipper wells are stainless steel, can-shaped containers with holes around the top and a drain at the bottom. They have a faucet over them. The idea is that the container can stay filled with water, while at the same time be constantly draining, so that there’s fresh water to rinse the spoons and other coffee-making utensils super quickly. They are also a common fixture in ice cream shops.
So this is the deal: The dipper wells drain the water continually, while still providing a container of water to quickly rinse a spoon in. First of all, GROSS!!! How does dipping a milky spoon into COLD water get it clean anyway? Secondly, the waste of water (one of the earth’s most pressing problems) by leaving these taps on, is simply shocking and inexcusable: 6.2 million gallons of water every day...enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every 83 minutes, as reported by a British newspaper.
The water in some of those dipping wells (there’s good video here) looks completely murky and gross…and I just don’t get the use of COLD WATER?!!
Starbucks also claims that the constantly running water keeps the taps clean. Well, they’re not doing that for every other tap in the place and THOSE are supposedly clean. If clean water is coming from the tap and only clean hands are touching it, then why the concern?
They say use of these devices is standard operating procedure in many food service operations. Well, obviously, it’s time for a new procedure immediately!
Why in heaven’s name don’t they just use one of those superfast three minute dishwashers and lay in a double amount of spoons? REALLY, this is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS.