Starbucks and Hipsterism

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James Dargan

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Starbucks and Hipsterism

I often observe Polish people on the street, which as I have been living in the country for many years, is certainly a hard thing to avoid. One thing that has particularly grabbed my attention over the last few years is the way Poles – at least in Warsaw anyway – have fell in love with Starbucks and Costa Coffee and a plethora of other aptly named American-style cafes. Since the mid-2000s they have grown in popularity, and it is very common to see people buy their daily fix of caffeine from one of these sales points. Why, one may ask? Is it because the coffee’s of a far superior quality than anything sold in a traditional Polish cafe? Or maybe it’s because it’s more convenient? It could be that, yet I suspect the real reason has its route in the Polish middle-class’s narcissistic inclinations more than…

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