I came across a visual from the International Networks Archive of Princeton University. The project seeks to explain globalization through graphs.
The project notes that a single cup of Starbucks coffee can depend upon as many as 19 countries from the coffee beans to the cup to the milk to the sugar. The brand connects some of the poorest countries in the world with some of the richest ones.
McDonald’s may seem to be everywhere but actually the brand has still not entered 105 countries like Ghana, Yemen and Tajikistan. The company currently has more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries. A map showing the McDonald’s in the world is an indicator of money and politics not culture.
I guess globalization still has a long way to go. When will I be able to drink a Starbucks coffee or eat a Big Mac in Pyongyang?
For a better look at the map, please go the website. http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/starbucks.html