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  •  Yeah, it's clearly overpriced. (3+ / 0-)

    But it comes in this sleek little white-and-green pod! And it's given a fancy pseudo-Euro name! And if you get the white chocolate mocha, it's loaded with sugar.

    I mean, what's not to like?

    Of coure, you have to overlook the demise of local coffee emporiums, displaced by Starbucks' habit of carpet-bombing neighborhoods with franchises, until even their own outlets can no longer compete with one another and only one is left standing. (There can be only one!)

    And one has to somehow cease to feel squeamish about the fact that every aspect of the Starbucks Experience (TM) is focus-grouped to within an inch of its' life, right down to the chipper greeting of, "what can I get started for you today?"

    The latest thing that irks me is the tendency, when they get your credit card, to then proceed to address you by your first name. As if the barista is my best friend or something.

    ... but I still go there, of course. :-/

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:49:32 PM PST

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    •  You make me laugh, in a sort of dark way, because (1+ / 0-)
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      I pass a fairly small 'mall' area off and on that I know has 2 standalone starbucks and a starbucks inside a barnes and noble, all within a few hundred yards of each other.  They've all been there a while, so there must actually be the traffic to support them, but it just seems like serious overkill.

    •  They do a better chai tea blend (0+ / 0-)

      than most of the other places I've visited -- most tend to skimp on the spices but Starbucks seems to have it just right.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:04:39 PM PST

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    •  We go to (0+ / 0-)

      Dutch Bros.  It's a regional chain in the West.  

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 04:01:01 PM PST

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