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Coffee Battle Brews Between Miami Cuban Bakery, Starbucks

/ Source: NBC Miami
There's trouble brewing between The Pinecrest Bakery and Starbucks over who's allowed to be brewing coffee, and the little guy is steamed at the big guy.NBC Miami

In Miami, a coffee battle is brewing. Pinecrest Bakery owner Efraín Valdés claims that he is losing customers since he can’t sell Cuban coffee to go with his Cuban pastelitos or pastries, since the fine print on his lease prohibits him from selling espresso drinks so as not to compete with a Starbucks, which was there first. He says he's only allowed to sell regular American coffee.

"Right now I feel like they're the 10,000-pound giant and there's nothing we can do about it," Valdés said.

Starbucks issued a statement saying that they are trying to “quickly resolve any misunderstanding, with the goal of all parties resuming their business as usual.”

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