N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 581 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!!!
Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 577 times:
Yikes Starbucks!!! The supremacy of the instant coffee disguised into fine coffee! hahaha Although they have good chocolate cake for the best coffee up here in the great white north go to A.L Vanhoutte (sp?)
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 574 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.
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 544 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.
TexStud323 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 544 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
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 514 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?
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 497 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....
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 475 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. I try to go to the ones that are keeping the REAL espresso machines.