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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:18 AM
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Seriously. Starbucks' Pike's Place Roast sucks. Ick.
They introduced this right about the time they were closing all those stores, and it is nasty, and I typically like Starbucks, but I don't know whether they get the beans from leftovers or what, but it is harsh and without 1/2 and 1/2, completely undrinkable. :wtf: McDonald's is WAAAY better. Actually, even the coffee carts out on the avenues are better.
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:23 AM
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1. What stores have they closed?

I haven't been there in a few years, I guess. Hope they didn't close the neat antique and poster shops.

McDonalds does have good coffee. Who'd a thunk it?
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:26 AM
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3. 600 Starbucks stores closed or to be closed by mid-2009.
Edited on Mon Mar-30-09 10:27 AM by Heidi
"As we announced on July 1, 2008, Starbucks will close approximately 600 company-operated stores in the U.S. beginning this month and continuing through the first half of FY09. Partners (employees) in the stores listed below have now been given notification that their stores will close by the end of this month."
More here: http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=880
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:13 AM
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11. oh duh
Should have inferred it from your post I guess!
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:17 AM
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12. Nooooooo! I didn't mean to imply that you're dumb!
Not at all. :hug: (Hell, I live in Switzerland and haven't had Starbucks coffee in about 10 years. But the Starbucks in my university town is among those that closed; otherwise, I wouldn't have known about the mass closure.)

:hug:
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:35 AM
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13. no problem...

I didn't think that. :hi:
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:23 AM
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2. I don't like Starbucks at all
But I'm not consuming any sugar right now so that probably makes about 99% of their menu unavailable to me. :) But for a basic cup of joe there are better, less expensive places.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:29 AM
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4. Their pastries are really good, but it's hard to buy a pastry and not a coffee,
and since the coffee is so bad, I don't want to even go just for a pastry. IMO, the coffee should be the main event, and it fails miserably.
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TommyO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:36 AM
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6. At least they still have some decent teas!
It hit 70 degrees here yesterday, and I had a very nice shaken black, unsweetened, tea. My winter beverage of choice (or at least what I keep at my desk at work because the cafeteria coffee is truly horrid) is Tazo Awake and Tazo Chai.
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BuddhaGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:12 AM
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9. I love Tazo Awake
I also love the shaken Tazo Zen (green tea) unsweetened...gives a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon!
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TommyO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 12:59 PM
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15. I've had better black and green teas, but Tazo is accessible
both at Starbucks locations and grocery stores for the tea bags.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 10:34 AM
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5. As a former Starbucks Coffeemaster...
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

It's focus marketing gone awry. I loved it when it came out but it grew old very quickly. When you put 100 coffee drinkers who have widely different preferences in a room and ask them to all agree on a single coffee so you can market it as your everyday coffee...you're going to get a muddled mess which is not very good, but inoffensive and probably-bland. We tried to tell them too, but they parroted back this absurd crap to us that marketing had told them. "90% of customers when they say they want "bold" really want a coffee that is fresh", "2/3 of the "Bold" drinkers in our focus group preferred this to our Sumatra and Verona blends."(Bullshit!) and "If a customer does not like the PPB, it's probably just not fresh enough...you should offer to brew them a fresh pot."
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:00 AM
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7. Unfortunately, this is what happens when they let MBA's get a hold of a successful business.
Or, well, enough times in my experience that I've seen it before.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:12 AM
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8. Starbucks specializes in over-roasted bitter coffee beans.

:puke:

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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 11:12 AM
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10. Yup. Can say that again.
:puke:
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 01:19 PM
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17. And Pike's Place is especially over-roasted and way beyond bold.
Edited on Mon Mar-30-09 01:20 PM by Wapsie B
I can't believe the masses care for the stuff, not that blend anyway.
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 12:36 PM
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14. ok, I'm embarrassed to admit this, but
I've never been in a Starbucks before. I did pass one last week on my way to the dog chiropracter and I was thinking maybe I should try it the next time I pass that way, in case it gets closed and I never drink a Starbucks in my life.

Now after all I've read here, I guess I'll just save my few bucks and go through life having only dreamed of Starbucks. :D
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 04:37 PM
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22. you're not missing anything
Starbucks is more about the atmosphere and ambiance rather than their product...You could still go there and hang out, read, DU or whatever -- no one is going to make you buy anything...
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 01:09 PM
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16. Misread this at first glance as "Starbucks' Pot Roast sucks. Ick."
...and thought "anyone who orders the pot roast at Starbucks deserves what they get."
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 01:27 PM
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18. This might be palatable for some of you...
...I've had no complaints from the people to whom I've subjected it, and I rather like it too.

It ain't Starbucks.
It's 'the beans at the grocery store that come in separate bins and different roasts and flavors'.
:donut:
I mix Espresso beans (dark roast) on a 1:1 basis with Columbian Supremo beans (medium roast), shake the bag really hard, and then put them through the grinder.

You get the sharpness and strength of Espresso, but with a more full-mouth, less bitter flavor from the Columbian.

It stands up really well to (and compliments!) just about any kind of sweet munchy comestible. :9



:bounce: wakes ya up real good too...
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 02:35 PM
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19. Give me Peet's Coffee anyday over Starbucks
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 03:57 PM
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20. it DOES
i had some free coupons last year and that flavor was absolutely disgusting (and I'm not too picky on my coffee taste)...

how starbucks got big pushing that liquefied shit I will never know...
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 04:05 PM
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21. Perhaps they bought a crapload and have to sell it or else take a big loss?
I mean, I'm reaching here, but I can't explain why they continue besmirching their brand. Every day they continue selling that crap is another day their brand sinks lower, IMO.
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deucemagnet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-30-09 04:51 PM
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23. If you ever find a place that serves Pura Vida,
you'll never slow down when driving past a Starbuck's ever again.

Last semester the little coffee and lunch place at work served Starbuck's, and this semester they switched over to Pura Vida. Nobody misses the Starbuck's coffee, and they can hardly keep the airpots full. I love their Kilimanjaro blend, but lately the caffeine has been bothering me so I've been doing 1/2 decaf.

The company is awesome, too. 100% organic and fair trade.

http://www.puravidacoffee.com/
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