A while ago I emailed Starbucks to welcome their move to Fairtrade espresso, this is their reply
"Dear Mr Whittall
Thank you for taking the time to contact Starbucks. Please know that we really appreciate hearing from you and value your support of our move to 100% Fairtrade certified espresso.
This year we're also doubling our purchases of Fairtrade certified coffee making Starbucks the largest purchaser of Fairtrade coffee in the world. This move will benefit tens of thousands of coffee farmers by providing them with a fair price for their crops and a premium on top to spend on improving their communities. The move also means that farmers will benefit from the ongoing work Starbucks is doing to help them enhance their coffee quality and profitability through improved environmental and agricultural practices.
If you have a moment please take a look at the website we developed with Fairtrade to discover more about how working together we can improve the lives of coffee farmers - http://www.starbucks.com/proudtosupportfairtrade/
Thank you again for sharing your positive feedback with us. We hope you will continue to enjoy our Fairtrade coffee for many years to come.
Customer Care Specialist"