well, i fucking love coffee...
...you can find specialty places where they charge far more for their coffees and they may be equal quality, lesser quality, or greater quality.'...
italian blend and french roast are nasty, and remind me of stale cigarette butts. they are very low in acidity and very strong and dark, though, and do have a devoted following.
if you want something so sweet you cant taste the coffee, you can go to dunkin donuts or tim hortons and pray they give you something drinkable. its very hit and miss. with starbucks you pay a little extra, but the money doesnt simply go into the pockets of the higher up executives, it goes also to the farmers (both coffee and dairy), the truckers, the employees, and their spouses or partners. you also get a more consistant product, and while some markets are better about it than others, if you have a problem with a drink and tell them -they'll remake it for you!- good luck getting that at dunkin donuts...or worse yet mcdonalds. legendary service and knowledge of the product is what got starbucks where it is today - not advertising and making one or two people wildly rich while screwing over the "lackeys"
so i wont tell you that starbucks is or isnt worth the money, but you have to understand that the money you pay goes to far more good than if you get a coffee at dunkin donuts, the quality is more consistant, and in general the service is far better as well.
man i love coffee. i really do. i like Maxim's coffee, every now and then i go and buy bulk loads of it duty-free at the airport, but don't get on a plane
just buy the goods and leave.
but, starbucks if very good IMO.
i normally go for macchiatos (sp?), or plain espressos, every now and then an ice latte, or chai tea latte, but i like them for themselves. however, when at home, i drink coffee (if its not Maxim's arabica) from a frequently-visiting farmer's market in the other town, and i get some really nice colombian stuff, dark roasted and very rich. I'm not an expert on coffees, but i know what i like. STRONG.
if i'm at work, or at a family members house, and they offer me coffee, they end up bringing me Nescafe freeze-dried crap and i, of course, always say i take it black, and i find it just tastes like (what in britain is known as) Fairy Liquid. i think that's why people describe some coffee as tasting "bleached". it's really nasty and not worth the money.
however, if pushed, there IS one coffee (called Cafe Parisien) by nescafe which i can tolerate if it's 4am, i have to go to work, and there's no espresso powder left for the machine.
as for the french roasts tasting like stale cigarette butts ... i like cigarettes. i like french coffee lol :p
i am currently drinking some Bellaroma arabica in a cafetiere, and it's alright. not the best, but its alright.
what are you guys drinking?
sorry that was so long. i got carried away rambling nonsense
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