Debate goes on
Does Starbucks roast all the Kirkland
Signature™ coffees? I have been buying the
Rwanda beans, but there is nothing on the
package that mentions Starbucks. However,
today in the warehouse I saw a Kirkland
Signature medium roast and it does say that
the beans have been roasted by Starbucks.
Please clarify. I’m a huge coffee snob, but
whatever the answer is, I’ll still buy my beans
Tess Wilkins, Costco assistant general
merchandise manager, responds: Starbucks is
the roaster for the whole-bean coffee labeled
Kirkland Signature Roasted by Starbucks. We
may stock up to three items (Espresso, House
Blend and House Blend Decaf) depending on
For the other Kirkland Signature whole
bean products—Colombian, Guatemalan,
Rwandan and Sumatran—we have teams
working with farmers in these country to
source premium coffees at fair prices. These
coffees are roasted by the Rogers Family
Company and Costco’s own roaster, Costco
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In response to the April
Debate, “Is college worth it?
YES. You can lose your job, your home,
your car, etc., but no one can ever take away
the knowledge and experience you receive
from a college education.
NO. Traditional four-year colleges are not
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Coffee question brewing
I love Costco, I love The Connection.
However, the article on the Starbucks/Costco
connection [“The big 4-0,” April 2011] has
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I am a small-business owner who has
been in business in the same location since
1979. Since I travel a lot, I use Intuit to process
my payroll and require my employees to allow
direct deposit for their payroll checks.
While the [Consumer Connection, April
2011] deals with job scams, Mr. Horowitz
states, “Do not give personal bank account,
PayPal account or credit-card numbers to an
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established employers and to potential employees.
This advice applies only to companies
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