Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Fancy a Toi-Latte? Starbucks HK uses toilet water for drinks

A Starbucks cafe in Hong Kong's financial district uses water from the toilet tap to brew coffee. The cafe is in the famous Bank of China Tower has since uses the tap from the public toilet since opening in October 2011.

This has drawn angry reactions from its customers prompting attacks on the Starbucks Hong Kong Facebook wall.

The tap with a sign that said "Starbucks only" is only a few feet away from a urinal in the dingy latrine, which the paper said was in the building's car park.

The water is collected at least 5 times a day by staff from the tap that was dedicated for collecting drinking water. Starbucks spokesman said that there was no direct water supply to the store. Thereby, they need to obtain drinking water from the nearest source in the building. The water is then passed through a filtration system to ensure it passed WHO standards.

The store is now using distiller water.

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