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"Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks": Why I'm Enjoying a $2 Cuppa Coffee

October 27th, 2006 at 01:51 pm

Somethings are worth paying money for, and in my opinion flipping off Starbucks is one of them.

Background
My parents currently own a coffee/cigar store, and used to have another coffee shop in a nearby town. We are all bona fide coffee snobs. We take our own coffee pot, filters, and coffee when we stay in a hotel. We tried 20? 30? kinds of coffee before deciding on the blend to serve in our store. At home, I go through a half pound of a fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee blend called 'Bean Martin' every week.

I kinda like the stuff.

With that being said, Starbucks charges obscene money for what is, to me, really bad coffee. They roast the beans a tad too much, and as a result when they grind then up they overheat and wind up tasting burnt. Bleech! In our shop, we have a bumper sticker on the counter that says "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks". HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

There is another coffee place here that actually has good java. They only have 2 locations, it's all drive through (therefore not really our competition), and their prices are acceptable for retail coffee. For me, the biggest selling point is that they are a locally owned business, and even sell locally baked muffins & cookies (from the same baker we used to use, actually).

Anyways, I've always had a hard time rationalizing buying their coffee when I'm out and about b/c I can get piping hot coffee from our store at, ahem, no charge. See the quandry? But I silently root for them to keep afloat b/c they're local.

Enter Starbucks (aka StarCrooks)
One of the locations for this local chain is in front of a shopping center with a grocery store in it. Said grocery had a StarCrooks inside. Not really any competition for our hero the local coffee business, since drive through customers aren't likely to get out and go inside the grocery for coffee. No biggie.

Then StarCrooks, in their infinite !@$(*&# wisdom decide to close the location inside the grocery and build a brand new buiding, you guessed it, right next to the local chain. Those dirty dogs!!! Corporate America strikes again, trying to push the little guy down!

So What Now?
Well, as I said at the beginning of this post, I feel that flipping off StarCrooks is worth spending a little money on. So, every Friday afternoon during my lunch break, I go through the drive-thru and get a $2 cuppa coffee even though I could drive the same distance and get it for free at our store.

Why?

Well, our store gets 95% of its traffic from the cigars and there's no way StarCrooks can change that. The coffee is just a bonus. This little establishment, though, is likely to go under once StarCrooks opens, and I hate the thought of our area loosing yet another local business.

Remeber: "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink StarBucks. At Least Buy Local!"

13 Responses to “"Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks": Why I'm Enjoying a $2 Cuppa Coffee”

  1. DivaJen Says:

    Isn't that funny how people can have such different opinions? I've been drinking Starbucks coffee since the early 90's. It has been my favorite for all these years. I try other brands, other blends, local and chain, and I always go back to Starbucks.

  2. tinapbeana Says:

    are you near seattle, dj? i've had folks say SB coffee is different there than elsewhere, don't know if it's a barista knowledge thing, or maybe having the beans shipped cross country...

  3. T_I_N_A20 Says:

    I don't really like Starbucks but I don't drink coffee anyways. I tried Strawberry smootie or something and it taste bad, in the end, I always go back to Tim Hortons... No one can beat Tim's ice capuchino.

  4. DivaJen Says:

    I'm in Southern California. I started out at a Starbucks in Newport Beach, back in the days when the barristas wrote nothing down and still got every order right and the menu was a lot smaller. I still get the same thing 90% of the time that I got way back when.

  5. Gruntina Says:

    I really do enjoy local coffee shop and the rush free envirionment. In my oppinion, Starbucks do not make the best coffee but I do like their coffee regardless. Main thing that Starbucks impressed me with is that my coffee is always consistent. Some local shops here are not consistent with their coffee i.e... coffee is weak that day or too strong the other day, too cold or not hot enough. Starbucks actully have a small menu compared to other locals that 30 or more syrup flavors.

  6. jared Says:

    I think that Star*ucks adds crack cocaine to their coffee. I used to never like it. Then the local place closed for two weeks (they went on vacation). So, I went to Star*ucks. After two weeks, I was addicted. It is burnt and too dark. But, something about it is very addictive. Most places like DunkinDonuts & 7-11 serve very week water downed coffee. If I want my coffee watered down, I'll add cream.

    I do go the the local place. But, it annoys me when they close to go on vacation. It's bad business.

  7. baselle Says:

    I know what you mean about $bux - and I'm writing from the belly of the beast... Seattle. Over roasted and bitter (cigarette butt taste), which encourages $bux to concoct all those drinks with sugar and milk and cocoa and whipped cream to make it potable (and decidedly unhealthy).

    I like coffee. Real coffee. I hit all the local places instead (and happily there are quite a few)- drip coffee with no fat milk. Cheap, less unhealthy, and you'll figure out quickly who has good coffee. Like Peet's.

  8. lrjohnson Says:

    I've never had a Starbucks coffee. Part of it is that I rarely buy coffee already made (I brew at home, have a thermal mug, and have a Stanely thermos for when things get serious). But part is that I prefer to not buy chains. I've heard some positive things about them, but there are local joints in town that can get my $5 a year.

  9. Carolina Bound Says:

    I don't like Starbucks. I'm actually quite ok with Folger's flavored coffees, made at home in my Mr. Coffee. Your mom & pop's store sounds like a place I would like.

    One thing I do like about Starbucks, the company, is that they offer benefits to part-time employees.

  10. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ok, I'm sold. Down with Starbucks!

    That is... unless they'd like to offer me complimentary shares of their company stock. Then that's a different story. Big Grin

  11. Lau Says:

    I've been to Starbucks a very few times when I used to work in downtown Boston. Not that I don't like it, but it's just way to expensive for coffee!!! And what is with the names? I'd like a grande non-fat skim milk coffee with sweet'n'lo? Come on! What happened to just coffee?

  12. gatorfan15 Says:

    I've been to Starbucks a few times and agree that every time I've had their coffee--whether it's regular, cappuccino, latte, etc., it ALWAYS tastes burnt. I'm not going to spend $3 or $4 on burnt coffee. Luckily, there's a local coffee shop where I live called Richard's. Great coffee.

  13. meg Says:

    I am totally addicted to starbucks, and I agree, there is something that draws you in, sometimes several times a day. I drink Latte's and I have a machine and have purchased the beans, but it is never the same as going in and taking one to go Frown so expensive : ( but nothing compares to You Starbucks xox I was behind a car the other day with one of those rude bumper stickers; friends don't let friends drink... and I wanted to cross out starbucks and write in dunkn donuts!

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