A venti white chocolate mocha at Starbucks will cost you almost $5. An organization called Business.org will pay you not to drink there.
The Salt Lake City-based organization, which describes itself as a “community of small business enthusiasts” who work with small and mid-sized businesses, is looking to hire a self-professed Starbucks addict for $1,000 to drink coffee for a month only at locally owned shops.
The winning applicant must visit at least eight local coffee shops over the course of a month, photograph each cup of coffee and write a short description of the experience.
Business.org says it wants to encourage Americans to frequent local businesses, noting that 82% of businesses fail because of cash-flow problems.
Applications are open until Sept. 30. It's a nationwide hunt, so the process will most likely be extremely competitive.
A Seattle resident would have no shortage of local coffee shops from which to choose. According to a 2019 report from Matador Network, Seattle contains 278 coffee shops, or one for every 2,308 people. Everett has one for every 2,752 people.