OMG! I'm addicted to STARBUCKS coffee.

  • str8hardbody9

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    Apr 04, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    My day is not complete without a cup of Starbucks coffee. In the morning, I always go Starbucks just to get coffee. I tried to do it on my coffeemaker but it's not the same. Now I'm in Sao Paulo, Brazil for vacation and still looking for Starbucks. There are tons of Starbucks along Av. Paulista even Brazilian coffee is better and stronger, I still like Starbucks. .icon_sad.gificon_sad.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    You are addicted...This is how it starts...

    And then...

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    Apr 04, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    I can't believe how many people would rather patronize a huge corporate chain, rather than go to a Ma and Pa shop. The hand crafted coffee at my local coffee shop puts Starbucks to shame anyway.
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    Apr 04, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    ^ Lol *Anocxu

    Dang! you always crack my ass up!

    oh, and starbucks is a trap!!
  • Import

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    Apr 04, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm the same way. I must have a Starbucks every morning of my life.

    I travel a lot for work all over the place and I will always scout out a starbucks no matter what city I'm in.

    Got the app on my phone with the store locator option. Ballin icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    Starbucks drip coffee is awful. Just buy their ground coffee and brew at home.
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    Apr 04, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    Coffee in general is overrated
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    Apr 04, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    Addicted to caffeine and sugar? Who ever heard of such a thing?

    In the early '80s coffee consumption was way down among the young and advertisers were trying to come up with a "Joe Camel" kind of way to entice new drinkers. The answer wasn't in the advertising but the ingredients - once you put in a ton of sugar, whipped cream and other flavors and toppings and charged $6 instead of $.50 whole new demographics became addicted. Everyone likes to point the finger of the obesity epidemic to high fructose corn syrup but I bet Starbucks is partly to blame, even though tweens frequented soda shops before coffee shops. Of course, the other extreme are the espresso junkies but back to the average Starbucks devotee, I bet only a handful of them have even tasted a cup of strong black coffee, much less (gasp!) Sanka!

    Also, this:

    TheGuyNextDoor saidI think most folks that go for their daily java at Starbucks are more addicted to the experience and energy the store provides.

    It's the camaraderie of pretension.
  • calibro

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    Apr 04, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    you americans and your silly notions of what coffee is icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    I'm addicted to coffee, but will gladly drink any coffee whose owned by a pro-gay marriage CEO!
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    calibro saidyou americans and your silly notions of what coffee is icon_lol.gif

    I've had Italian coffee from those stovetop single serving kettle deals. Coffee can be so decadent!
    #love-experience
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    I dont drink coffee lol
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI can't believe how many people would rather patronize a huge corporate chain, rather than go to a Ma and Pa shop. The hand crafted coffee at my local coffee shop puts Starbucks to shame anyway.


    Reasons why I personally go to starbucks

    1 - Free wi-fi
    2 - No weirdos
    3 - Passbook payment
    4 - Relaxing music
    5 - My money is going to a company that fully and publicly supports gay marriage
    6 - Work always gives me a SB giftcard every Friday

    Things I couldnt care less about

    1 - Their overpriced coffee
    2 - Their corporate status

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    Apr 04, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Haven't touched coffee in about 40 years, but I do love hot chocolate!
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    Scruffypup saidI can't believe how many people would rather patronize a huge corporate chain, rather than go to a Ma and Pa shop. The hand crafted coffee at my local coffee shop puts Starbucks to shame anyway.


    Reasons why I personally go to starbucks

    1 - Free wi-fi
    2 - No weirdos
    3 - Passbook payment
    4 - Relaxing music
    5 - My money is going to a company that fully and publicly supports gay marriage
    6 - Work always gives me a SB giftcard every Friday

    Things I couldnt care less about

    1 - Their overpriced coffee
    2 - Their corporate status

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    Also forgot to add that their coffee comes from putting people to work that need the money in third world countries.
    And, the rewards program. icon_wink.gif
  • austex85

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    Apr 04, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    Scruffypup saidI can't believe how many people would rather patronize a huge corporate chain, rather than go to a Ma and Pa shop. The hand crafted coffee at my local coffee shop puts Starbucks to shame anyway.


    Reasons why I personally go to starbucks

    1 - Free wi-fi
    2 - No weirdos
    3 - Passbook payment
    4 - Relaxing music
    5 - My money is going to a company that fully and publicly supports gay marriage
    6 - Work always gives me a SB giftcard every Friday

    Things I couldnt care less about

    1 - Their overpriced coffee
    2 - Their corporate status

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    add to that:

    -consistency in coffee (although people always say independent coffee shops are better, I've found them to be hit or miss)
    -free refills!—great if you're there for a long time
    -loyalty card—free drink after your 12th!
    -the baristas (at least at my starbucks) are some of the nicest people ever—much better than the holier-than-thou hipsters at the independent places

    my only gripes are (1) how cold it is in all their stores and (2) the excruciatingly slow wi-fi
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    I don't completely avoid Starbucks, but 'll always go to an independent shop over SB.

    I'm lucky to have a few local roasters nearby, so I go to them for beans and occasionally on the weekends for pour-overs and espressos.

    One year, I was on a cycling tour in the Czech and Austrian countryside and the American women were whining about missing their Starbucks every day and turning down the amazing European coffee offered everywhere we were. At the end of the trip, we were in Vienna and they went nuts when they finally saw a Starbucks on the main tourist drag. It was across from the Hotel Sacher and I told them they'd get a much better coffee in there, but they just looked at me and screamed "STARBUCKS!" I went back to Hotel Sacher later after dinner for a world famous Sacher Torte and the best latte I've ever had.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    We missed the msg, OP is trying to tell us that he's traveling Brazil


    Ps. I literally wrote that while getting Starbucks.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    I feel bad for your wallet.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    what you're addicted to is not very good coffee. Starbucks over-roasts their beans and then brews their coffee incorrectly. By the time you've added enough sugar and cream to make it at all palatable you might as well be drinking a frappuchino. I much prefer one of our local chains "Community Coffee" although if I can I'd rather sit in at one of the awesome little independent shops around town.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    ithnku8micr8on saidI feel bad for your wallet.


    This...a $7 coffee.... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    ithnku8micr8on saidI feel bad for your wallet.


    A grande drip is about $2...if you use enough grounds to make a cup at home of the same size and strength, you're spending at least half of that...

    I don't usually go to Starbucks unless I'm on the road because I have better local options. But the hyperbole about it is just icon_rolleyes.gif $7??? "Pretentious"? It's essentially the Comfort Inn of coffees...
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidwhat you're addicted to is not very good coffee. Starbucks over-roasts their beans and then brews their coffee incorrectly. By the time you've added enough sugar and cream to make it at all palatable you might as well be drinking a frappuchino. I much prefer one of our local chains "Community Coffee" although if I can I'd rather sit in at one of the awesome little independent shops around town.


    You can't tell people anything. These are the same people who will shop only at Wal*Mart.
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:41 AM GMT
    Wow. I'm surprised the Canadians in this thread aren't clamoring over Tim Hortons. icon_lol.gif

    Anyways, I've been to my share of independent coffee joints. From my experience, they're either really good or really bad. There doesn't seem to be anything in between.