Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Starbucks


Jen: How do you feel about Starbucks? I ask because today they are giving away a free pastry, and I have Starbucks on my mind! I enjoy the convenience of having someone else make my coffee, and tend to like the ridiculously fattening additions that Starbucks is known for.

Many argue that the price is practically a crime. I agree- to a point. When you go to Starbucks, you're going for the experience in addition to the coffee. Soccer moms and execs alike love to be pampered and have their name written on the famous green cup before it's filled and handed over.

What are your thoughts on this, Crystal?


Crystal: Perhaps I'm not the best person to ask about this....I don't particularly like coffee....actually, I just plain don't like it....I think the only times I've drank it were mainly because I was bored and just wanted to get something that was free to drink, or I was sleepy and have heard these rumors about caffeine keeping you awake - yet it does nothing except make me sick.....

So in my mind...paying ridiculous prices to get a cup of coffee at Starbucks when you could go next door to 7-Eleven or McDonald's (who I hear has very good coffee) for a fraction of the cost - just seems silly.

With that said though...I find Starbucks to be a fantastic meeting spot. I've had a couple of business meetings for my photography company at a Starbucks before, and I've even had job interviews in the past that took place at a Starbucks...with that said, buying a cup of expensive coffee is paying more for the venue (kinda like a rental fee?) and is more worthwhile.....

...and while I never buy coffee from there, I do buy frapuccinos (java chip...yummm!) and I find those very much worth the money that I pay for them.

Jen: I know that some may want to throw stones at me for saying this, but I think that the McDonald's iced coffees are vile! 7-Eleven, on the other hand, rocks my socks off!

Crystal: I tasted the iced coffees at McD's once because it was free and it was disgusting - but that's coming from someone who doesn't like iced coffee...Dan liked it.
But when I said McDonald's coffee above I was actually referring to their original hot coffee...not the McCafe line......I've heard their coffee is good....??

18 comments:

Lee Beth said...

That's a funny picture. :D And you sure are right, they are expensive. Oh my, the best thing in the world is their chocolate java drink. Whew! Who's crystal? lol. Not sure, but thought I'd comment anyway. Been awhile since I been around this way.

Bug said...

I'm not a big fan of Starbucks. I was however contemplating the idea of getting a free pastry and that's why they suck.

Jen said...

Hi Lee Beth! Crystal is the other blogger here at Beachy Keen. She'll reply in the second half of the Starbucks post!

Frau said...

I love going into Starbucks no matter where you are it always feels the same....a little bit like home!

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Kierstin Bridger said...

Always consistent!
I like mom and pop...but they aren't always cheaper...what if, gasp the coffe isn't as good/ Love the london fogs and the lite frappacinos!

kod ekle said...

Starbucks cafe increse day by day in Turkey.Greetings from Turkey.

Life, Love And Lola said...

Love their iced tazo green tea during the summer.

very married said...

i TOTALLY forgot about the free pastry! darnit!

Jose the travelling padre said...

I had a Starbucks pastry in Manhattan a few years ago. It was stale. I like to drink coffee, not coffee flavoured milk drinks so I avoid Starbucks. Give me a proper Italian espresso any time.

Iva said...

I was totally there for my free pastry! :)

Helen McGinn said...

I love coffee but don't like Starbucks...no point in coffee unless it sticks to my ribs! ;O) x

misss_e said...

Coffee only when necessary.

Nicole said...

i love starbucks, i have tried McDonalds and Im not impressed...plus they use creamer in their ice drinks..ewe! starbucks, its more than coffee..its an experience...and another language :)

Italo said...

Hi Jen and Crystal. It's true that it's ridiculous to pay too much just for a coffee. It's also true that you pay the experience, but... Starbucks coffee is coffee?????
Sorry if I say this but for an Italian it's not a coffee, it's just a drink, lemonade. :) In any case, your post are very nice! Have a nice week end! Italo.

Annie said...

In the end, it is Starbucks I love the best. I'm a plain non-fat extra foam latte fan. They make it consistently the best no matter what Starbucks I'm at. I also like the friendliness of the folks behind the counter. I recently read the book "How Starbucks Saved My Life" and it really is a great read. I highly recommend it if you have not read it.

Rupert Alistair said...

Coffeeshop java like that from Starbucks et al is good but I don't like paying those prices, especially on a regular basis. Instead, I buy good coffee and make my own at home. Make it @ the strength and flavor I like, quality 1/2 & 1/2 (if that's your preference) and it truly is as good ~or better~ than Starbucks! ;)

Rupert

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

totally luv Starbucks, it is an experience.....dh and I go there and enjoy the affair together!

enjoy *~*

 

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