Hello everyone, my name is Sam and I have a problem. I like to drink Chai tea in the afternoon. For years, I hit Starbucks around 3:30 when my energy hits a low spot and order a “tall” Chai Latte. Tall is really a misnomer at Starbucks because a Tall is about 6 oz worth of anything. While I like to think of myself as somewhat economically insensitive to small purchases, I must announce that I have had my last Chai Tea from Starbucks after paying $5.03 yesterday for a tiny, tiny cup. I took a picture to commemorate the moment (below). Actually, I’m done with Starbucks altogether effective immediately. For those who don’t care about my whining and habits, there are some important things we can learn about the current state of globalization, consumer trends, trade wars and ramping inflation… all from a little cup of Chai Tea.