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Any fans of umm... Starbucks Coffee?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ronzhd, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2017
    Near Philly
    I look at Starbucks the way I look at McDonalds - if I'm traveling and I'm really hard up for something, I'll drink it. But we have a local one a few blocks from where I live and I've only gone there as a convenient place to meet up with folks a few times. I'm a bit of an espresso snob, spent about 20 years in the Seattle area (from the mid-70's when Starbucks wasn't a big deal yet through the mid-90s when it was), and am impressed with what they've done but will drink nearly anything else given the choice. They definitely over-roast for the most part. There's a reason that coffee snobs sometimes adorn their bumpers with "Friends don't let Friends drink Char-bucks" stickers...

    Hey, we're all snobs about SOMETHING - guitars, watches, cameras, bikes, whatever. For me it's coffee... I can't afford to be a snob about expensive stuff...


  2. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 18, 2016
    Camden Point, MO
    Community coffee with chicory in a stovetop percolator when I am home. I have drank so darn much cafe coffee that I am immune to most of the taste differences.

  3. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 12, 2008
    The times I have been in Starbucks, I am the only customer buying regular coffee. Everyone buys the fancy stuff. I got turned on to their "Americano" and only buy that now. A much better alternative to their coffee.
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  4. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    Also my comments about starbucks are based on the fact that I only ever drink it black--no milk, no sugar, not flavorings. And I agree that lightly roasted coffee can often have a sour taste.

    I'm on the spectrum--hoppy IPAs, dark dark high cacao chocolate, black dark coffee

  5. tahoebob54

    tahoebob54 Tele-Meister

    I am a fan of starbucks even though I do not drink coffee. When you drink starbucks you know what you are getting, it will be the same no matter where you get your coffee. My late wife was a coffee snob, once in a while she would get a "whatever type of coffee" from a local place, and some times it would be good and other times it would be not good.

  6. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    A regular coffee at Starbucks is not much more expensive than a regular coffee at 7-11 or McDonald's, and it's less expensive than we pay at cheap restaurants around here. A cup of coffee at a family restaurant here is usually around $3.25 now, but a Grande Starbucks is still under $3.

    There is no shortage of options for coffee shops here in the Vancouver area, so I only go to Starbucks if I really need a coffee and am in a part of town where there's only Starbucks.
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  7. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Our trip to Australia was a shocker when it came to coffee. The only place we could get a cup of regular drip coffee was in Starbucks, and the only Starbucks we found was in downtown Brisbane.
    I don't like black coffee, so I was forced to drink Long Flat Whites for two weeks. It's basically a latte with less foam, and all of that milk gets sickening after a while.
    The other sad thing about Aussie coffee culture is that restaurants don't give refills on the coffee. Very disappointing.
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  8. dswo

    dswo Tele-Meister

    May 1, 2016
    East Carolina
    This is my feeling too; much prefer the Italian Lavazza that we buy at the grocery store and brew in a very ordinary filter drip at home.

  9. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
    I drink Starbucks without complaint. It seems that many of the local boutique medium roasts I'm supposed to love are fairly bright and tannic. I also frequently get a big earthy potato note, which I don't especially enjoy. Maybe I'm just a Philistine.
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  10. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    I'm a fan because;
    -they're everywhere, (easy to find when I need a fix)
    -they have some great locations
    -the brew is consistent
    -I generally, like their staff

    I'm not a fan of;
    -their increaing prices & downsizing
    -theoretically, I'd rather support independent shops, but in expensive
    Vancouver, they're harder to find & often charge more...

    I prefer 7-Eleven...customize your own coffee
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  11. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Whereabouts in Vancouver do you live, Frank?

  12. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown

  13. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    That 'goofy jargon' is part of what they used in the early days so frequent customers felt they were part of a secret club. "I will talk in this funny made up language only if you promise to take my five bucks!". (there are stars on the $5 note so you can pay for Starbucks with Star Bucks).

    If I'm forced to go to SBs, I just order a "medium regular coffee", they will sell it to you.

    I have three independent coffee shops in my small town in addition to SB. One was used for a scene in "Scream 4", only notable because I'm a dozen states away from the regular movie town. I've worked out of all three coffee shops (writing and publishing books).


  14. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The waitresses don't call you "hun" either :mad:
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  15. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Yeah, there's some good, but expensive coffee down there. 49th Parallel has great coffee.

    And hey, there's always Tim's.

  16. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    The sizes are not tricky:

    12oz - tall
    16oz - grande
    20oz - venti

    Venti is Italian for twenty. Oddly, the Iced Venti cup is 24oz. I like to throw them for a loop and use Italian for the first two:

    12 - dodici
    16 - sedici


  17. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    We did get "Dearie" a few times.

  18. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK

  19. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Don't get me started on Timmy's! Mebbe if you order a double-double and your cup is less than 50% coffee, but as a plain black coffee drinker, TH is undrinkable. The real mystery is how they can sell their doughnuts and the rest of the food, which is gawd awful.

    I was just in Vancouver during the Pride Parade. Had a nitrous cold brew at SB. Even if it's a gimmick, as a Guinness drinker it was interesting.
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  20. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    That'll do :)

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