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Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:05:09 PM »
Have you visited these stores and what is your general impression about them (about a quality of coffee drinks, service, prices etc)?








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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 03:12:50 PM »
My impression is that if you visit one WildRanger, you better hope to goodness no one here works there, because you may not make it out.  :lol
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 03:13:37 PM »
- delicious coffee
- but the delicious coffee has way too much sugar
- cut the crap and just let me say 'large' instead of 'venti' which makes me feel stupid
- customers in front of me who have like 5 prerequisites on their drink make me rage
- but the drinks are so expensive i never go there anyway so #4 is kinda moot
- i avoid the above by just buying the delicious frappuccinos (see #3 above on dumb names) in gas stations/other stores
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 03:16:16 PM »
There are one or two around where I live*. Don't drink coffee so while I have been to a few with family/friends or to meet someone, I've never bought anything there. Fortunately since I am white I've never had the cops called on me.

Bit of a joy to see the weasel Howard Schultz use his running for president/book tour as a platform to apologize for selling the Sonics. It's really only 10 years too late.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 03:22:28 PM »
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.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 06:34:07 PM »
Their coffee tastes burnt but it does get you going.  However, I practically never go there.  I drink most of my coffee from my keurig.  I'm not a fan of paying much for my coffee overall.  I've not much of a coffee snob either.

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 07:02:41 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.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 07:13:35 PM »
I used to have it a lot when I had to wake up st 4am for work. I used to get lattes, Machiatos or Mocha. To be honest, not that great. I used to get it because I had time to kill before work and then got used to it.

Plus, there are too many of them. In Times Squares, NY, there are 5 stores, each a block away from each other.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 07:43:59 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.

Their food is better than their coffee so that's a big no no for me.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 07:49:14 PM »
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.


I used to have it a lot when I had to wake up st 4am for work. I used to get lattes, Machiatos or Mocha. To be honest, not that great. I used to get it because I had time to kill before work and then got used to it.

Plus, there are too many of them. In Times Squares, NY, there are 5 stores, each a block away from each other.

How in the world do these stores manage to stay in business as a separate store?  Are people there really that desperate to get Starbucks that they are willing to walk to another block if one is full?

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 08:08:32 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. 

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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 08:10:18 PM »
Their coffee is nasty.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 08:37:00 PM »
How in the world do these stores manage to stay in business as a separate store?  Are people there really that desperate to get Starbucks that they are willing to walk to another block if one is full?


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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 08:40:37 PM »
Coffee (and snarkiness) aside, it is incredible the brand that Starbucks created, and the culture that is associated with Starbucks. I know I speak from regionality (word?) but people here don't say "You want to get a latte?" or "let's meet at the coffee shop on the corner." They say "Let's get some/meet at Starbucks."

I went to a upper-middle class Jesuit high school in the 90s, and there were two kinds of people who came to school with a cup of coffee/latte/whatever: those who went to Starbucks and those who went somewhere else. If you didn't have that dumbass mermaid on your cup, you weren't as cool as those who did.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 11:25:47 PM »
Personally what cracks me up these days is how the other chains (around here being Peet's and Philz) actually manage to completely out-douche Starbucks.




I don't actually even drink coffee, fucking nasty shit, but iced tea is my lifeblood, and I've tried every iced tea in the area and Starbuck's is still my favorite. Plus it's nice to talk up the cute baristas at 4am before I head into 10 hours of work.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2019, 05:58:47 AM »
Cumberland Farms has way better coffee and lattes, and any size you get is only $1. No thanks on Starbucks for me.

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2019, 06:18:04 AM »
Usually nice and chill places if you need to wait for someone or have some time in-between commitments. They have some nice food but their coffee is shit.
Basically, they have achieved what they aimed for. They don't want to have the best coffee, they want to be that 3rd place in your life (1 is home, 2 is work) and as Cool Chris points out, people see Starbucks as the place where you can meet others.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2019, 07:16:54 AM »
Cumberland Farms has way better coffee and lattes, and any size you get is only $1. No thanks on Starbucks for me.

While I do hit up Starbucks across the street from my office (which is made 100% easier by just ordering on the app for pick-up) I agree that for your money Cumberland Farms outshines. I'm fortunate enough to have a few around me and I actively seek them out whenever I'm traveling in New England.

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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2019, 07:38:30 AM »
I rarely get just a 'normal' coffee there....'if' I have a hankerin' for one of the foo foo coffees I'll go there....usually a White Chocolate Mocha. But that's not very often because those things are like 900 calories  :lol

But, I do like a couple of their 'flavors' of coffee beans so I'll pick those up and get them ground for my home use.
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Re: Your thoughts on Starbucks stores?
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2019, 08:10:12 AM »
I rarely get just a 'normal' coffee there....'if' I have a hankerin' for one of the foo foo coffees I'll go there....usually a White Chocolate Mocha. But that's not very often because those things are like 900 calories  :lol


That's another really good point. I see people drink those things on like a daily basis and yeah they are delicious, but that's a once in a while treat for me. I couldn't do it on the daily

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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2019, 08:30:20 AM »
Well, who cares about a little obesity, diabeatis (because that's how Wilfred Brimley pronounces it) when you can be cool?  :)

(Though having said that; when I lived in Philly, for a while I was right on Broad Street about a block or so from the Gamble and Huff offices and studio.  "Gamble and Huff" are legendary for "The Sound of Philadelphia" - you might have heard of Chubby Checker, Teddy Pendergrass... Hall and Oates did some early stuff there - and are still active in the community.   On the odd occasion that I would go into that Starbucks across the street, for my daughter in the morning before her bus came, there were 4 or 5 guys that would almost always be in there.  Once in a while, one would have his keyboard and they would play and sing.   It was neat, because it wasn't a show, they weren't showing off, there was no "tip cup", or anything like that.  It wasn't a big deal; they would actually be very quiet (they might have been working on things) but they were very friendly and would let my daughter sit and listen until her bus came.  I miss that part a lot, because I didn't know who they were by name, but I feel like I was in the presence of greatness, at least relatively speaking.)

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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2019, 09:06:25 AM »
It's convenience and brand name at this point. Back in the day it was more chic and cool but now it's utterly overpriced fast food, nothing more. I will however say that it's something to have the almost absolute guarantee to have one around the block pretty much in every city and even most smaller towns. Other than that...  :natalieportman:

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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2019, 11:03:00 AM »
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,.
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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2019, 11:05:15 AM »
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.

Great summary of Starbucks, I couldn't agree more.

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« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2019, 11:38:23 AM »
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). 

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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).

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« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2019, 11:54:41 AM »
Never had coffee either.


Except coffee ice cream. Yum.


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« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2019, 12:46:39 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.
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« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2019, 01:26:39 PM »
My family is the type to have coffee multiple times a day. My grandma mother had a schedule of having coffee at 7am, 2pm and 6pm. Sometimes she would sneak in some coffee around 10-11am or passed 6 pm (specially if people were visiting).

With that said, by the time I was 11 I was having coffee 2 times a day. I stopped when I was 15 and started having coffee again after college (24 years old).

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« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2019, 01:31:09 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.


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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2019, 01:38:56 PM »
I have tried coffee on a couple occasions, but that was never more than a sip. So while I have certainly drank coffee by definition, I can stand by the assertion that I've never "had a cup of coffee."

I also don't like the smell. From being a kid and smelling it waft up from the kitchen, to every morning when I come downstairs after my wife has brewed hers.
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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2019, 01:48:54 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).

Gene has other addictions. :lol
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2019, 02:05:01 PM »
I have always loved the smell of coffee.  I remember trying it a couple of times as a kid and liking it, as long as it had cream and sugar.  My cousin once told me that that means I am not a "real" coffee drinker and don't like the taste of coffee--I just like the taste of the other stuff.  To me, that's a lame argument.  I like hamburgers and hot dogs, but I don't eat those completely plain on a dry piece of bread--I add condiments and flavor them to my liking.  I like various kinds of meat, but usually don't just eat a dry, unseasoned piece of meat--I have it with some sort of sauce, gravy, broth, etc.  Anyhow...

I hardly ever drank it when I was younger.  In college and law school, I started to a bit.  But it was usually grabbing a cup on a cold morning or having a cup with dessert in the evening.  The caffeine never seemed to do much for me as a "pick me up," and it doesn't keep me up at night unless I have a LOT to the point that I'm jittery (which I never do).  Even though I have it a lot more frequently now (a cup in the morning a few times a week, and maybe in the evening with dessert once a week or every couple of weeks).  But it is a nice "comfort drink" that I just enjoy. 

To the question asked:  I'm kinda indifferent to Starbucks.  Their regular coffee is okay, but not my go-to.  And it's overpriced, so there's that too.  But I'll grab a latte or mocha from there every now and then.  And during the holiday time, I have always liked their flavored coffee drinks (peppermint mocha, pumpkin spice latte or egg nog latte).  But outside of the holidays, it is rare that I go there unless I am going with a crowd for work or meeting somebody there.  Like I said, I have nothing against them--they are just expensive.
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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2019, 02:35:54 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).