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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2019, 02:43:14 PM »
Right now, I have a cup of coffee on my table. I usually drink 2 or 3 cups a day.
I can drink it with sugar, without it, with cream or without it.
I love coffee, A LOT, I remember drinking coffee since I was 4 years old, my sons, both of them have drink coffee (in small doses) since they were 6 months old or so. My mother in law once told me: "My father which died by 107 years old drank coffee since he was born and never had a problem of any kind"

I have only gone two time to Starbucks, one was on a trip to CDMX 5 years ago with my family and we all have a cup to taste them, NEVER MORE, I don't like how much sugar they put to it.
The second time was a couple of month ago, to get some oats cookies for my wife.

To my everyday intake I prefer a Colombian grain from Juan Valdez which I think it's the best coffee in the world.

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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2019, 05:13:00 PM »
I've never had a cup of coffee in my life, so I've only been to Starbucks with others.  I did, however, have a white hot chocolate once that was very tasty.  Can't imagine dropping $5+ on coffee on a daily basis, however,.

Hey, Gene Simmons, how did you skate through 50 years never having had a cup of coffee?  I don't doubt you, I just think it's interesting); even when I didn't drink coffee, there were times - ski trips, work trips, weddings, etc. - where there wasn't really a better option).

How?  It's easy.  I just didn't.  But yeah, I get that reaction a lot.  My father died when I was 7, so I don't know if he drank coffee, but my mother didn't, so it wasn't something that was around the house as I was growing up.  Any time we'd walk down the coffee aisle at a grocery store, she'd comment how she loved the smell but didn't like the taste.  I didn't like the smell.  My college experience was rather unusual (longer story than is warranted here), but I never pulled all-nighters.  Didn't do so in law school either.  Ultimately, I've simply never felt the need to drink coffee and, while I don't mind the smell anymore, it's not something I feel like I'm missing out on.


Christ, how are there people who've never tried coffee? I suppose y'all are going to tell me you've never tried heroin, either. What a world.

Well...I've never used any illegal drug, with one exception:  I was house-sitting for someone and invited a couple friends over, including a girl I had the hots for.  She brought some pot and got me to take one drag on a joint.  I don't actually recall tasting or feeling anything, so I'm not sure I did it "right."  This is the same girl I mentioned elsewhere who, prior to an Iron Maiden concert, bought LSD from someone in the parking lot and spent the entire concert in a nearly catatonic state.  Needless to say, I didn't spend much time around her after that .

See, there's the difference right there:  my dad and my maternal grandmother used heroin coffee like it was oxygen.  Tp this day, my dad to relax has my mom brew a pot of coffee (not what it sounds like; he has bad arthritis - not "knobbly fingers like Keith Richards" arthritis, but debilitating acute arthritis since he was about 35, so while he can do it, simple things like brewing coffee are a major production).

Maybe so...except that both my parents were smokers.  Arguably, that was the biggest contributor to my father dying at 53.  My mother, on the other hand, lived to the age of 84.  She cut back a lot during her last 5-10 years or so and eventually quit.  But I never smoked and think smoking is just about the most foul thing ever.  So...I don't really think I'd drink coffee if it had been commonplace at my house growing up, but you never know.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2019, 05:15:11 PM »
Growing up, my mom drank a ton of coffee. Multiple pots her day, by herself.

I did not like the looks of that, so I just never tried it.

Now I have no desire.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2019, 05:35:24 PM »
My parents were 3 and 2 packs a day.  Mom died of lung cancer at 64, dad at 72 is battling lung cancer. Both never really drank coffee.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2019, 07:25:01 PM »
I've never been able to acquire a taste for coffee, but I usually stop in Starbucks 2-3 times every winter to get a hot chocolate on the way to work on a particularly cold day.  It's way overpriced, but 2-3 years ain't gonna brake me.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2019, 08:03:01 PM »
Christ, how are there people who've never tried coffee? I suppose y'all are going to tell me you've never tried heroin, either. What a world.

Would it surprise you to learn I've tried heroin almost as many times as I've tasted coffee?
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2019, 08:05:03 PM »
Yeah, it would, actually.
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« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2019, 08:43:35 PM »
Tried it twice, and have drank coffee maybe 5 or so times. Fucking hate the stuff. Only way I've ever liked coffee is an espresso coated, honey stung cheddar called Barely Buzzed.
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« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2019, 08:53:59 PM »
Easily in my top five of overrated chains. On the rare occasion when I don't have coffee fixins at home there are plenty of other places I can go to that sell much better coffee for much fewer bucks. I've always been of the opinion that their popularity owes to selling coffee inspired frozen drinks to people who aren't really into coffee but still need their caffeine fix.

Might be top three.  I had one literally right across the street from me in Philly, and I can honestly band with no exaggeration say, I would not walk across the street for their coffee.  Always leaves a bad taste in my mouth; like an after-taste.  I make my own, go to Dunkin, or, believe it or not, McDonald's.

I was surprised at how decent McDonalds coffee is. It's better than the Dunkin Donuts around these parts. The Wife calls Dunkin Donuts "Pee Coffee".

Starbucks is all right. I don't go there very often. I use Target's brand K cups and just drink black coffee these days.

- cut the crap and just let me say 'large' instead of 'venti' which makes me feel stupid

Agreed. The names are fucking stupid. I just say I want a large coffee when I go there.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2019, 09:48:08 PM »
I keep seeing people mention the coffee being expensive but the regular coffee is about standard price compared to a similar size at Dunkin, at least where I am. It's when you get into the "crazier" orders where the add-ons, etc, naturally make the price higher. That being said it's about the same for those same drinks in a mom and pop coffee shop whose coffee can be good but small shop doesn't always mean quality and much of the time a standard coffee at those places can cost you $2-3 for a 16 oz for a mildly improved flavor. For as much coffee snobbery as there is in the world when it comes to coffee shops I'm guessing I'm either surrounded by all the wrong businesses or it really is tough to find anywhere that has what is considered a "good" cup of coffee.

On a side note I think the reason I would gravitate to Starbucks over Dunkin now in terms of the big chains is because I've shifted to more french roast style coffee although I've typically been ordering Americanos wherever I go. Over the last couple years there's just something off putting about the taste of Dunkin coffee. Works in a pinch but it's, I dunno, really thin?

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« Reply #45 on: February 14, 2019, 05:37:49 PM »
My wife LOVES Starbucks coffee. I love my wife. So every day, seven days a week, 365 a year, I get her a venti dark-roast on my way back from the gym.

Is $3.00 a day for a cup of coffee a frivolous expense? Perhaps. But like I said, I love my wife :biggrin:

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« Reply #46 on: February 14, 2019, 06:22:09 PM »
I mean, maybe my 3.45 a day for iced tea is frivolous, but being able to spend time with some humans before hitting the kitchen is worth the coin.
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« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2019, 09:41:52 AM »
Growing up, my maternal grandparents lived nearby. So, their home was the central focal point/ meeting place, for my entire family. My grandfather worked as a manufacturing design engineer, and got up at around 3 am each day to go to work. So, my grandmother would make a huge pot of dark roast coffee at 3:30, while she made him breakfast. They each would share a very small cup, and the rest would sit in the pot- and wait; for all of us to show up at various times of the day and partake. When that pot ran out, she would make another- and it would sit all day until around dinner. So generally, depending on what time you stopped by- you could get a fresh cup of hot, and very strong Joe- or a cup of what amounted to acidic sludge. For me, made no difference. I think I had my first tiny cup of coffee with tons of cream added to it-when I was around 7 years of age. I wanted to try it- and I loved it! I was granted occassional cups until I was around 13, and started drinking it more frequently. All these years later, I still put a ton of cream in my coffee. I abhor black coffee by itself, and hate sugar in my coffee in equal measure; unless it's a special Starbucks type drink. I try and drink two cups each day. More than that, and I'm on caffeine overload.

I told you all that to say this--I actually like some of Starbucks more darker, or French roast coffees. I grind the beans and brew it at home. I have been known to stop into a Starbucks now and then for a cup of one of their specialty drinks. A Caramel Machiato, or a White Chocolate Mocha, are my drinks of choice when I do. Is it overpriced? Yes, for sure. But also very tasty.

I never understood people whom complain about the cost, as if somehow on principle- that's the reason NOT to go there. If you can afford it- buy it; or don't. It's not like medicine, or electricty, or those things one needs to survive in the modern world. It's a luxury to purchase. Complaining about the cost as a way to tear down the company- is to me the same as complianing about how unfair the cost of high cost of Bugatti Chiron, or something- then tearing down the company because of it. There are plenty of other excellent options for people to choose from.

Another reason I go to Starbucks are the coffee mugs they sell in large cities. Several years ago, I bought one on a trip to London. They are black and white mugs with a relief of the city on them. I now have 28 of them. I was just in Paris recently, and had some time to tool around the city for a couple of days. I spent one of those days as a "Tumbleweed" at Shakespeare and Company bookstore; helping stock shelves, digging through rare books, and writing my required essay. Down, and around the block was a Starbucks; so I made my way there to buy a coffee mug. I was expecting it to not be very busy. It was packed. I think I was the only tourist there. So, globally- the brand contiunes to grow. On a recent trip last year to Iceland, I was actually surprised to learn there isn't a Starbucks in sight. The government is worried given the population that the chain would do too much damage to the independent shops there now. Probably.

On my last visit a few years ago to Pike Place Market- the line outside the original Starbucks across the street was gross. I would guess 200 or so people were in line to buy a mug from THAT location, or take a photo or selfie. Ironically, when I was an undergrad at UW, we never drank coffee at Starbucks. Waaaay back then it really wasn't a thing. Starbucks, not coffee. Long before I arrived in Seattle, coffee was king of King County. There were tons of shops around town. Near us was a cool, bohemian place called Last Exit on Brooklyn. Great coffee! Or, we would go to a place called Cafe Allegro that sold awesome espresso. We thought we were so cool. Starbucks then? meh.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2019, 10:06:48 AM »
I never understood people whom complain about the cost, as if somehow on principle- that's the reason NOT to go there.

Well, I can't speak for others, but here's my personal take:  Although I didn't frequent cafes a lot when I was younger, I know you could get a cup of coffee REALLY cheap most places.  When Starbucks started to catch on and spread here in CA, their coffee was about twice as much.  And because people were willing to pay, the mom-&-pop cafes and other places that served coffee began jacking up their prices as well.  So even though nowadays, Starbucks' prices aren't really outside the norm, they were a big part of driving up the prices in the first place.  So there's that.  And there's the fact that we all know people who are just everyday, average Joes (or Judys) who don't make much money, but who, given how many times a day they go EVERY day, are probably spending what amounts to $300 a month on overpriced coffee and wondering why they are broke every month.

So, I think for me, it's not really a "complaint," but just an observation.  They are overpriced, from at least a couple of different perspectives.  But that said, I don't really have a major problem with that.  People are entitled to spend their money on whatever they like.  I regulate my own budget.  Even though I like coffee, and I like theirs just fine (although I prefer Peet's), I don't go there often.  Not because it is Starbucks.  But just because there are other things that are more important in my budget.  Not a big deal. 
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« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2019, 11:31:21 PM »
^^^ Agreed. My take was more the fact that I know, and have heard people who claim their product is trash, the company sucks, and is somehow some evil entity because of their price point.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #50 on: March 16, 2019, 06:21:58 AM »
I will typically just make coffee at home. If I'm out, then I'll hunt out a Wawa. If I can't find anywhere else, then I will go to a Starbucks if need be, but its rare.

Overall I think its overpriced, overcrowded and just ok coffee.

I wonder if this is how Canadians feel when it comes to Tim Hortons?  Just a curio question off the top of my head when it comes to talking about coffee chains.

One of my first trips to canada my buddy pumped me up about Tim Hortons and truthfully it was nothing special, I go there a few times a year when I visit Canada but it isn't that great.

As for Starbucks, I like it occasionally. I'll go to the one in my building once a month and I feel the coffee isn't burnt if you ask them to brew it on the The Clover machine. We have a Dunkin a few buildings down and I much prefer their coffee over Starbucks.

The price of it is what keeps me away, it's expensive, but since I work for a large investment bank everyone gets starbucks in the morning. I had to break it down to my co-worker recently how much money he was wasting on Starbucks, $6 a day, every day, that's over $1500 a year in coffee.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #51 on: March 16, 2019, 06:43:38 AM »
Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.



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« Reply #52 on: Today at 08:22:51 AM »
Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.





There's a part of me - you all can debate whether it's a big part or a little part - that thinks if you're telling me we're now too fucking lazy or "busy" to get our own cups of coffee, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just over the horizon. 

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« Reply #53 on: Today at 08:46:21 AM »
I guess it's not that far fetched to think you would pay above average for coffee (not talking about tastes or anything, just that Starbucks costs more than your average cup of joe) that you'd pay a little more to not have to leave where you are.  Having said that, coffee just isn't worth that much to me.  I got to imagine there is a market for it though.

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Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.





The delivery is a constant though. So if you're ordering 12 of these for your office, $2.49 isn't that bad.

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Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.



There's a part of me - you all can debate whether it's a big part or a little part - that thinks if you're telling me we're now too fucking lazy or "busy" to get our own cups of coffee, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just over the horizon.

How about too cold? There's been a few times this winter I've Uber Ate something as simple a burger and fries from a place no more than 1 mile down the road simply because I didn't want to go outside when it was 2 degrees out. 

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Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.



There's a part of me - you all can debate whether it's a big part or a little part - that thinks if you're telling me we're now too fucking lazy or "busy" to get our own cups of coffee, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just over the horizon.

How about too cold? There's been a few times this winter I've Uber Ate something as simple a burger and fries from a place no more than 1 mile down the road simply because I didn't want to go outside when it was 2 degrees out.

No, no, I totally get it; I used Door Dash just this weekend.   I don't know; maybe it's my apathy for Starbucks more than anything.

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« Reply #57 on: Today at 10:58:45 AM »
Apparently, Starbucks is now available on Uber eats, so in addition to spending money the coffee itself, you get to spend money for the delivery fee of $2.49 as well.



There's a part of me - you all can debate whether it's a big part or a little part - that thinks if you're telling me we're now too fucking lazy or "busy" to get our own cups of coffee, then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just over the horizon.

How about too cold? There's been a few times this winter I've Uber Ate something as simple a burger and fries from a place no more than 1 mile down the road simply because I didn't want to go outside when it was 2 degrees out.

No, no, I totally get it; I used Door Dash just this weekend.   I don't know; maybe it's my apathy for Starbucks more than anything.

My kid talked me into getting a Postmates account a while back.  It's awfully convenient, but I always have a tinge of regret when I think about the delivery fee and the tip.

Funny story (at least to me):  My son is a junior in HS and has "off campus" privileges at lunch.  He has gotten into picking up food from the burger place across the street from the school and charging other kids for his service.  When he first told me about it, I thought maybe it wasn't a good idea.  But then I just laughed and decided it was fairly enterprising of him.
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