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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:01 PM

Starbucks Gone Wild !!!!




Would you pay $7 for a single cup of coffee? Starbucks is banking on it. The chain recently introduced its most expensive coffee ever, Costa Rica Finca Palmilera, in 48 of its U.S. stores. Half of those stores are in Seattle.

Costa Rica Finca Palmilera is made from a rare coffee variety called Geisha, which is found in Central America and is famously difficult to cultivate. In addition to the $7 cups, Starbucks offers eight-ounce bags for $40. Made with Clover brewing machines, the stuff is only available in stores (sorry, drive-through customers).

Leslie Wolford, a green coffee specialist for Starbucks, talked up the coffee at a tasting event at a Seattle location. She described the taste as having the following attributes: "A little bit of pineapple. Herbal complexity. Super-clean. Vibrant. Sparklingness. ... Lush, tropical, hints of white, not yellow, peach."

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Seattle's Big Blog writes that the coffee, which is part of Starbucks' limited-edition, specialty "Reserve" line, is already proving popular. An online offering on Starbucks' website, although slightly different from the product sold in stores, sold out in 24 hours. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/starbucks-7-dollar-coffee_n_2204805.html



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marmar Nov 2012 OP
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #1
Speck Tater Nov 2012 #2
onethatcares Nov 2012 #3
Odin2005 Nov 2012 #23
Skidmore Nov 2012 #4
Vehl Nov 2012 #5
Proud Public Servant Nov 2012 #6
Vehl Nov 2012 #7
Chan790 Nov 2012 #9
Proud Public Servant Nov 2012 #12
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #18
marmar Nov 2012 #20
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #22
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #19
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #8
dballance Nov 2012 #10
TrogL Nov 2012 #11
Chan790 Nov 2012 #13
SidDithers Nov 2012 #14
marmar Nov 2012 #15
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2012 #16
ohheckyeah Nov 2012 #17
Separation Nov 2012 #21
LibertyLover Nov 2012 #24

Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:09 PM

1. Oy

And two bucks for a cup of joe is too high already.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:12 PM

2. I quit drinking coffee when it went up from a dime to 15 cents. nt

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:46 PM

3. "a little bit of pineapple. Herbal complexity"

for gauds sake if I wanted a fruit juice I'd buy a fruit juice.

This is the reason I drink Tequila as my wake up.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:30 AM

23. It's been scientifically proven that tasters are full of shit, anyway.

It's all in their head, give them a cheap table wine and tell them it's some expensive shit and they will praise it till kingdom come.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:54 PM

4. Perhaps a hint of where prices will go anyway.

I heard an item on the news last week in which coffee was identified as one of the world's plants which will shortly become extinct as the result of climate change. Apparently the world's coffee crops need to be renewed periodically by introducing "matter" (not certain if graftings or pollens or what) from a wild coffee plant that grows in only one small location in the world. Apparently, climate change will make this area unsuitable to sustain this wild plant.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:56 PM

5. Good thing I only drink Tea

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:59 PM

6. The real irony is

that Starbucks can't make a decent cup of coffee, period. Every other coffee chain here in DC makes better coffee than Starbucks (and the independent place around the corner from me does it even better than the chains). This is like McDonald's announcing they're going to serve a $7 Big Mac; it'd just mean they'd be ruining some kobe beef rather than their usual slop.

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Response to Proud Public Servant (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:04 PM

7. +1 nt

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Response to Proud Public Servant (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:12 PM

9. Which local indie DC coffeehouse?

There's a bunch. My favorite is Qualia Coffee on GA Ave NW: roasted on premises, ground to order, brewed pour-through. Not cheap but worth every penny, Joel (the proprietor) is a master.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:33 PM

12. Flying Fish in Mt. Pleasant

Opened in the last year or so. Great cup of coffee from some very friendly folks; unfotunately low on ambiance, though.

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Response to Proud Public Servant (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:20 PM

18. I think Starbucks makes a great cup of coffee...

each to his own.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:25 PM

20. I can tolerate a soy latte at Starbucks......

...... because the steamed soy milk takes the bitterness off their overroasted coffee. But just a straight cup of 'Bucks standard coffee? A cup of hot water with dirt in it would be almost as palatable.

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Response to marmar (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:43 PM

22. As I said,

each to his own. I like the taste and find other coffee bland in comparison.

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Response to Proud Public Servant (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:24 PM

19. +1

Their coffee is foul, bitter and overpriced.

Their tea isn't good either.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:08 PM

8. I was really hoping to find topless baristas when I clicked this thread...

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:16 PM

10. Unless you drink it black you're wasting your money -of course $7 for a cup of joe is a waste anyway

If you put any sort of creamer or sweetener in the coffee you just really threw away $7.

I only go to Starbucks to get a mocha every once in a while as a treat and I think the $3+ cost of that is excessive. That's why it's a "treat" every once in a while and not my morning beverage.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:33 PM

11. I had a Starbucks "eggnog latte" recently

Tasted like pureed burnt toast.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 PM

13. This former S'bux barista thanks you for that...

we hate making them. The 'nog basically cooks itself into scrambled eggs on the sides of the pitcher and the rinse fountain won't take it out so we have to scrub them and wash the pitchers constantly.

On top of all that, they do taste awful. They are, along with the matcha powder, the thing I wished they'd just get rid of.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:08 PM

14. Still wont' be as good as Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee...

best in the world, as far as I'm concerned.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:10 PM

15. Jamaican Blue Mountain is good......


...... but Ethiopian Oromia rocks my world.


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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:10 PM

16. I've boycotted Starbucks

Ever since Howard Schultz sold the Seattle Supersonics to a bunch of swiftboat carpet baggers from Oklahoma.

Didn't buy much Starbucks before that. I prefer the indepedent coffee stands. Better prices and better service.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:19 PM

17. Isn't it funny how some people

declare the $7.00 for a cup of a special blend of coffee is ridiculous and a waste but would have no problem paying $7 or more for a glass of wine.

Yes, I'd give it a try - I love Starbucks coffee.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:43 PM

21. I've only drank coffee once in my life.

It wasn't a pleasant experience. Cold weather training, and a buddy offer me a cup in the steel cup that our canteen sits in. It was hot and I was freezing so I said sure. It was black & strong went down my throat and came back up threw my nose I was coughing so bad. Everyone got a good laugh and I've never touched the stuff since.

It drives my wife crazy, I love the way coffee smells, but can't bring myself to drink it again. Almost like trying to eat something that once gave you food poisoning.

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Response to Separation (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:04 AM

24. Your post sounds like my one and only coffee drinking experiment

except mine was during an all-nighter at college helping a friend to type her honors thesis. I love the smell of coffee and I love coffee ice cream (especially with hot fudge or pineapple toppings on it), but not to drink. I'm a tea person when it comes to abusing caffeine.

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