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#11 BunnySuit

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Posted October 09 2008 - 03:10 PM

i love coffee, and i love starbucks. I don't think it's the greatest, but they definately are good. Except for all the stupid gimicky drinks (smoothies? grrr.) But i think there's a certain atmosphere it adds to this city. I's nice.
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#12 polecat

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Posted October 09 2008 - 03:15 PM

As a former employee of a local coffee shop, I despise Starbucks.
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#13 nesta

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Posted October 09 2008 - 03:19 PM

They came on the scene with great fruit and roasts (SBUX). I really believe than ran around buying and contracting up all the supply.

Now that they (SBUX) got it; they dont have to really incur the extra cost of keeping it as fresh ITO: shipping staorage roasting. I also believe they blend prime with whatever to accomplish the "slim margin of acceptability". Why waste prime beans when you can get prime prices with subprime blends?

I tend tp prefer low acidic stuff but I really love the African strains as well as Sumatra. Deep earthy richness with a slightly viscous oil left on your tounge. mmmmmm
too bad they tend to rip my stomach up so much.

I do suffer for my coffee.

they haven't got the whole supply. many of starbucks' competition offers coffee roasted from EXACTLY the same beans, from the same regions and farms.

it all comes down to how its roasted and how fresh it is, and then how it is prepared.

with the insanely overzealous expansion in the past decade or so some quality control issues popped up, some of them rather serious.

they are currently trying to correct this to the best of their abilities. most of the changes i wholeheartedly endorse. some of them (such as the intruduction of an abysmal new flagship blend) i do not.
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#14 nesta

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Posted October 09 2008 - 03:25 PM

As a former employee of a local coffee shop, I despise Starbucks.

this is a common sentiment, especially among "hippy" types (no offense intended at all, simply observations. before i worked for them i had vastly negative attitudes regarding starbucks)

however this is a public forum, and while you may simply make a statement and leave it at that, i'm also very interested in hearing your reasoning behind such a statement.

why does one companies success make you despise it? is it because the company you worked for simply couldnt manage to compete? if so, why not?

as a former starbucks partner, i did not despise the competition. i loved it, and often even patronized their establishments. there is a lot of good coffee out there. but the fact is there are some very concrete reasons why starbucks has succeeded so well.

if you are willing to have a sane and rational conversation and as open to listening to the view of a former starbucks employee as i am to listening to a former employee of "the competition," then i would very much like to converse upon the matter at hand.:cheers2:
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#15 bbing

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Posted October 10 2008 - 10:27 AM

insane and irrational conversations seem to be more of the order these days.

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Posted October 10 2008 - 08:54 PM

I do suffer for my coffee.


Mee too, bbing.

Great info, Nesta. Thanks for the long-ish posts.

Starbucks is not usually my favorite cup, but that is because of the taste, not because of any hatred of their success. It seems to me that their brews are WAY too bitter. Still, they do deliver a consistent, quality product, and I enjoy a cup from them every so often.

Mostly I've been trying to get better at brewing my own. I do have a few bags of beans from Starbucks, but right now I'm digging some beans from some local coffee shops, and also some from Seattle's Best. I like to mix it up and sample the differences. I like a more "earthy" or "wooden" flavor rather than bitterness and chicory.

I've tried a variety of brewing techniques... the French press is the best so far, but also the messiest.

The most important thing I've found so far is to grind the beans just before you brew. This one thing makes a huge difference.

Mmmmmmmm...... Coffee. :)

#17 HushBull

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Posted October 10 2008 - 09:01 PM

Yes, I love coffee.
Probably too much.
Why go to Starbucks when I can get my coffee for free where I work.

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Posted October 10 2008 - 09:01 PM

You people bashing strabuck, havent you see the episode ''gnomes'' from south park 2nd season!
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#19 wally m

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Posted October 10 2008 - 09:09 PM

You can walk in to Starbucks any where in the world and get the same cup of coffee.
There are better cups but there are a lot worse. Starbucks was great in there time, but once the sugar got involved they went in that direction. I know once I get out of the northwest I never know what I'm going to get a far as a great cup of espresso.
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Posted October 11 2008 - 02:11 AM

a cup of tea is more my cup of tea.

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