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Monday, July 7, 2008

How Can It Be Bad if It Tastes So Good?

I am deeply involved in a love affair with Starbucks. 

I think there is a perfect Starbucks beverage for every moment in life:
  • Slow morning with the newspaper - French Roast with light sugar and steamed milk
  • Bad day at the office and I need a break - skinny hazelnut latte
  • It's freezing outside - caramel macchiato
  • Let's go look at holiday lights - peppermint mocha
  • Not enough sleep and forgot to brew at home - triple shot latte, no sugar
  • Girfriend get together and chat - Tazo passion shaken tea
  • I promise not to eat dessert later - mocha frappuccino
Today I went on a mid-day, back from vacation and not yet able to focus 24/7 on work, coffee break while also out on a business errand. I had a coupon from Starbucks (shocking, actually) to try the new iced brewed coffee. It's pretty much just coffee over ice, with a little sweetener made of simple syrup.

The verdict? 
  • It's a long day at the office but too hot to drink coffee - iced brewed coffee
Is Starbucks the evil coffee empire, knocking the little coffee shop out of business? Perhaps. However, when I travel I know that I'll get consistent quality at a Starbucks. I know what to expect in taste. I know how to order and get what I want. These are important things to me.

I like our local small coffee shop as well and love to give them business. If they would set up a branch right by my office, I'll stop in there as well. But until then, it's Starbucks for me!

This was taped to our office coffee machine when I got to work this morning:

I'm sold on it! By the way, my company proudly brews Starbucks: House Blend, Sumatra and decaf.


  1. I've been a coffee nut since the olden days of college, staying up most nights til 2 or 3 programming away. But Starbucks has always been too strong for me. It tastes like mud.

    I'm an old Folgers guy (queue song - "the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cuuuup" - thank you, thank you).


    BTW - you have a fun blog. Your writing lightens my day.

    When I do get around to Starbucks (once every month or two), I order the same sad thing every time - vanilla latte. It's a good sugar rush!

  2. Just one more reason why I LOVE Shannah!!!

    A friend sent me two jumbo bags of StarBucks today.

    I am suppose to give one bag to a co-worker. . .hmmmmmmm. . .like that is going to happen!?!?!?

  3. I believe that the tree is the middle of the garden of Eden that contained the knowledge of good and evil was really a tree that grew coffee beans.

    Not sure that has any meaning at all - just random thoughts...

  4. You know, I never even drank coffee until I got married. A certain guy (we'll call him KMAN) said, "Coffee is a social drink."

    Since then, I've gone from warm milk with heavy sugar and light coffee to a full-blown addiction!

    The stronger, the better, as long as it's not bitter!