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User currently offlineBraniff747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 648 times:

I'm not a Starbucks fan. The smell inside them makes me gag. Why do people pay so much $$$ for such bad coffee?

Long live Dunkin Donuts ! !

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 637 times:

It's hard to avoid them when they're E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 630 times:

Hey, now... don't be dissing Starbucks. I don't know if it is different other places, but here in Seattle it is pretty damn good. Worth every cent! I spend (on an average visit) $5. But somedays I will spend about $20 there. They probably have the best roast in Seattle (I definately don't like Tully's--eech).

Long live the Siren!

Quad venti caffe mocha extra hot with whip... all the way!!!


User currently offlineSIA_B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 627 times:

the starbucks in taiwan is a LOT better then the one here in AZ lol

User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 626 times:

Yikes Starbucks!!! The supremacy of the instant coffee disguised into fine coffee! hahaha Although they have good chocolate cake Big grin for the best coffee up here in the great white north go to A.L Vanhoutte (sp?)

Nicolas


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 623 times:

The good thing Starbucks has here in Cambridge, is their opening hours-students often pop in for a quick mocha to "wake up" before lectures at 7, or for a quick "night cap" at around 11 in the evening-and our local Starbuck's has a downstairs area with very comfy seats/sofas-great for socialising in.

I have had better coffee though, and the prices certainly don't reflect the quality, IMO.

Nevertheless, I do visit from time to time, as well as Savino's, our local Italian joint.

Rgds,
CP


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 610 times:

For me its a venti Brownie Frap w/o whip cream when I go to Starbucks...its a little pricey but worth it....

Greg



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User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 595 times:

If you want good coffee, support your local coffee houses! Starbucks!? We no need no STINKING STARBUCKS!!


Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 593 times:

The thing about the local guys is either their roast is bad (Starbucks has the best roast, I think) or their people are so unknowledgable about coffee that not even the best roast in the world could save your cup of coffee.

I'd say the folks at the Siren are some of the most knowledgable coffee people, can make a decent cup, and have decent beans to work with. And they get paid a whole lot for a barista, so it better be good... I've never had a bad cup at Starbucks. Now Tully's or "Seattle's Best"... thats another story.


User currently offlineTexStud323 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 593 times:

someone once started a rumour that Starbucks was adding trace amounts of heroin in their coffee in order to get their customers unknowingly strung out and begging for more. Caffeine and Heroin together? guess that could be called "The Seattle Speedball"

Personally, the rumour is nothing more than Crappaccino
to me  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 587 times:

By the way...

Horizon Air, Wings of the Great Northwest, is proud to serve Starbucks Coffee on all of its flights.  Big thumbs up

N400QX


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 48
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 563 times:

I never understood what all the hype was about. I never developed a taste for "lattes" and all those other trendy schidt drinks they put out. But I did try a regular cup of coffee and a hot mocha there once. It wasn't BAD, but it certainly wasn't anything to become LOYAL to. I could get a same quality cup of coffee for about a third the price at any Dennys or other coffee shop. My guess is that the Starbucks NAME is what draws the crowd. Somehow, that name came to be equated to "hip" or "trendy". Anyone seen nursing that silly cup is like driving an SUV and having a pager and a cell phone at your side:

It's an image thing.
I always thought it was pretty silly mindless conformity, but if you like Starbucks, and are willing to get robbed for a cup of coffee, then more power to you. If you don't, then take your business elsewhere (which I do).

If you take away the fancy cups (which no doubt help inflate the costs), and blind tested people, I'd bet that most wouldn't be able to differentiate Starbucks from any other brand of coffee or product that any other coffee shop puts out.

As for the "heroin" and lacing the drinks, I think that's pretty farfetched to say the least. Not even a Seattle based company would take that kind of gamble. You know what kind of fines would be levied against them, and how many people would be dragged off to jail if they were doing that?

I think that's just the latest "urban legend".


User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 555 times:

Horizon Air, Wings of the Great Northwest, is proud to serve Starbucks Coffee on all of its flights.

Er, on the flight I took two weeks back, Horizon served Seattle's Best, and it was actually very good. United serves Starbucks, and that's not too bad either.

My favorate drip is Starbuck's Italian roast, and their Verona blend decaf is one of the best decafs I've tasted.

As for lattes, my favorate are still from Vineto's (they used to be in QFC stores, until QFC took over the counters, but they still sell their coffee.

One pet peeve: In Chicago you order a latte and it is invariably served tepid. You have to tell them to make it extra hot to get it at the proper temp.

Charles, SJ



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 546 times:

>Er, on the flight I took two weeks back, Horizon served Seattle's Best

Hmmm... actually a commerical prompted me to post that- a Horizon Air commercial about them proudly serving Starbucks. Strange. Maybe the Alaska and Horizon coffees got mixed up (I believe Alaska serves "Seattle's Best").

My mom said last time she flew on United, the Starbucks coffee wasn't that great... probably because F/As don't make it as well as a barista!

As for tasting the difference between different brands... I can tell you who brews it in one taste! I've only been to Tully's a few times (three locations in Belltown and the Denny Regrade) but their coffee tastes almost burnt... as if they roasted it too long. The first time I figured it was a bad batch, but it has always been the same. I can't figure out what people like about it.

Charles, I have to order mine extra hot most of the time, too... it just doesn't stay warm very long if it isn't made HOT. If I stop in the Starbucks in North Bend (rrr...they installed the new automatic machines) on my way to Snoqualmie Falls, I order it extra extra hot....  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 542 times:

Yuck,

Chain theme coffee.

We only have one in Sydney and you can hear the American Tourists accents from a block away! (Being the only people who would want to drink such awful and revolting coffee.)

LOL

Actually we have very good coffee houses here, so there is no need for Starbucks like places, except for tourists 'who' have to have it.

Cheers,

mb


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 537 times:

Mx5_boy

Did you mean to emphasise "have" rather than "who"-as in, "Gee Martha, let's have one o'them those Starbucks coffees-just like back home in Indiana, eh"

 Big thumbs up

Rgds to all, regardless of background or accent,
CP


User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 529 times:

Zach,

I haven't tried Tully's yet. They have a place on Broadway, so when I'm back in Seattle in July I'll give it a try.

Starbucks now using automatic machines? UGH! That would definately make me boycott!

As for now, I'm off to Louisana tomorrow for two months, so I have to start getting used to having my coffee flavored with chicory....

Charles, SJ



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 524 times:

>They have a place on Broadway, so when I'm back in Seattle in July I'll give it a try.

They have places all over the place...lol. Wherever there is a Starbucks, there is usually a Tully's across the street (in Belltown or Capital Hill, anyway).

Yes, some Starbucks franchises HAVE started using automatic machines. ICK. So they're paying their people less, giving us semi-rate coffee, but keeping the prices wayyyy up there.  Sad I try to go to the ones that are keeping the REAL espresso machines.

Have a nice time in Louisiana...


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