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Starbucks and their $5 Coffees

By BayArea   2016 Dec 1, 7:56pm   2 links   5,462 views   63 comments   watch (1)   quote      

How in the world did Starbucks manage to slowly and methodically convince society that filtered water with a squirt of caramel is worth $5?

And why are we supporting this sick company?

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24   MMR   2016 Dec 2, 8:41am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

store, WaWa out here has better coffee for even less.

Wawa has solid coffee and Although not a subs person per se, they have better sandwiches than subway

25   MMR   2016 Dec 2, 8:42am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

tr6 says

because of all the fat overweight teenagers that are sucking down 100 grams of sugar or more in each drink.

That's an important point. Just observe and watch how much additional sugar and condiments people put in their cup of Starbucks just to make it "drinkable" and you'll have your answer.

Especially the fat chicks wearing low rise jeans and having love handles hanging out

26   MMR   2016 Dec 2, 8:45am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I prefer high quality coffee prepared as a pour over using light to medium roasted beans that are single origin

Should be drank black and it is sort of like drinking wine and comparing tasting notes

27   Mrs Wonderful   2016 Dec 2, 8:47am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

CellarDwellets NEED social status so they go to Starbucks with their government handouts to attain it.
DD is nothing more sugared whitened pisswater.

Ironman says

Real coffee drinkers DON'T need social status, so they just go for decent coffee, which isn't Starbucks

28   indigenous   2016 Dec 2, 8:51am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Mickey Ds is the best value for coffee.

The sign in Starbucks states that they make their coffee with 2 tablespoons of coffee per cup.

Just like Mickey Ds and sugar in the hamburger buns Starbucks has their customers addicted to the buzz.

Their customer will say endless reasons why Starbucks is the best but the simple reason is that Starbucks has their customers addicted to caffeine.

Reminds me of smokers stating why they smoke. Smokers are addicted to nicotine period.

29   BlueSardine   2016 Dec 2, 8:56am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Starbucks give you more variety of coffee beans. ( latin america, africa, asia )
Dunkin donuts source their beans from Latin America only.

If you are a coffee connoisseur then Starbucks is set up to serve your hobby.
If you're a one trick pony then Dunkin Donuts should suffice.
If you just want to wake up and have the stomach grind keep you going all day visit AmPm...

http://www.shape.com/blogs/fit-foodies/do-you-know-where-your-coffee-beans-come

30   Blurtman   2016 Dec 2, 9:09am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

You can get your drug just about anywhere and in a standardized dosage and in a predictable format. Folks obviously will pay a premium for the convenience. Ka-ching!

31   BayArea   2016 Dec 2, 10:37am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

One big plus for Starbucks... it seems to consistently have clean single person bathrooms that make for great shitting.

It's become my go-to establishment if I need a bathroom away from home...

32   marcus   2016 Dec 2, 10:49am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Starbucks isn't any more expensive than dunkin donuts unless you're getting a latte or cappuccino type of drink.

http://www.vaughandugan.com/blog/starbucks-cheaper-than-dunkin-donuts

So for some of us, that actually like dark roast coffee with a little cream and sugar, it's not about status. It's just good coffee. Someone above talks about "taste notes." I would argue that a dark roast with cream and sugar is more interesting and complex tastewise than a lighter roast (drinking it black), becasue with black coffee (even light roast) the bitter flavor takes over. But that's just me.

But I will grant you, that the cream and sugar is less healthy. I'm not putting any more cream and suger in it than I would a Mcds coffee, perhaps a little less than sugar than I would put in DD coffee which I find kind of bland.

33   TwoScoopsMcGee   2016 Dec 2, 10:56am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

You could be right. Why sell regular coffee for $2.50, when if you put a splash of flavorings or whipped cream, you can charge DOUBLE!

OH YEAH.

The other reason I hate shitbucks: For $2 Dunkies adds the cream and splenda for me.

At Starbucks, they charge me $5 and make me put that shit in myself. WTF?

34   someone else   2016 Dec 2, 11:06am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

I worked with some of their tech guys a few years ago and was so impressed that I bought the stock. It has done well for me.

I find their espresso a bit sweet and boring, but acceptable.

35   Tenpoundbass   2016 Dec 2, 11:21am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

I find their espresso a bit sweet and boring, but acceptable.

Yeah I'm not a fan of espresso.
dumping a spoon of sugar in the cup after you poured the espresso in the cup, doesn't have the same flavor characteristics as infusing a few spoon of sugar with a few drops of espresso, whipping it up to a frothy beige marshmallow, then gently stiring that into the espresso. Makes it a totally different animal.

And is the only Coffee or Tea drink I ever drink sweetened.

I take ice Tea, Hot Tea, and American coffee straight without anything.

The Cuban Coffee style of espresso, is more like liquid toffee, I think is what I like about it. And another weird thing about this concoction. If you don't drink it up before the brown camel toffee froth on the top dissipates, then it ends up tasting like regular espresso that just had a spoon of sugar dumped in the cup without the espuma making ceremony.

A good Cuban coffee shouldn't have the espuma stirred into the coffee until the coffee is sweetened. Instead you gently fold it in so that there are two liquid dynamics going on in the cup. The rich robust unsweetened espresso, and brown froth on top that is sweet, the sweetening should happen in your mouth after you sip the coffee. The first few sips are exquisit, you got the robust coffee flavor then a toffee carmet sweet thing happening separate from that. After a few minutes in the Cup it all start mixing into the coffee, and by that time there is no difference in flavor or texture between Cuban coffee or table sweetened espresso. Often I'll chuck it after about the thrid or fourth sip, and it cooled down and the espuma merged with the coffee.

36   mell   2016 Dec 2, 11:24am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

One big plus for Starbucks... it seems to consistently have clean single person bathrooms that make for great shitting.

It's become my go-to establishment if I need a bathroom away from home...

Haha. Agreed.

37   mmmarvel   2016 Dec 2, 11:45am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

Is your alternative another $5 coffee place or something else?

Actually I home roast and home grind my own coffee. Fresher, more control, cheaper and tastes better.

38   indigenous   2016 Dec 2, 1:25pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

One big plus for Starbucks... it seems to consistently have clean single person bathrooms that make for great shitting.

Are you calling Starbucks a shit hole?

39   indigenous   2016 Dec 2, 1:26pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

mmmarvel says

Actually I home roast and home grind my own coffee. Fresher, more control, cheaper and tastes better.

How many table spoons of coffee per cup?

40   zzyzzx   2016 Dec 2, 2:07pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

MMR says

they have better sandwiches than subway

Which really doesn't say much.

41   Mrs Wonderful   2016 Dec 2, 4:08pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Donald says coffee is only as rich as the billionaire buying it.

42   TwoScoopsMcGee   2016 Dec 2, 4:24pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

zzyzzx is deplorable says

Which really doesn't say much.

Yeah, what the hell happened with Subway. When I was a kid they used to have fresh stuff. Today it seems like their meats especially are like "Use it today, cause it'll be rotten tomorrow".

"You don't want the roast beef."

43   someone else   2016 Dec 2, 4:26pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Yes, coffee can be interesting or not. Caffeine is only part of the fun.

44   marcus   2016 Dec 2, 5:08pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

You rate coffee like wine to see if it's "interesting and complex"?

No, not like it's a big deal. But I enjoy it. The most recent beans I've bought are Starbucks espresso roast that I havent tried yet. I'll probably make some tomorrow.

https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Christmas-Blend-Espresso-Coffee/dp/B00685HGLW

Should be somewhere between good and very good. But yeah, it's just coffee.

45   Blurtman   2016 Dec 3, 7:45am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Most successful food chains sell death. The tubby two-tons who gorge on the sugary syrup and whipped cream loaded drinks should be fined for self abuse.

46   mmmarvel   2016 Dec 3, 7:53am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

indigenous says

How many table spoons of coffee per cup?

Uh, it doesn't work that way. I roast up about a 1/4 pound of coffee at a time, I get about 8 cups from that. The roaster is small, but the fact that it's fresh and I can try out different roasts and different beans is what makes it super cool, I often roast up two batches at a setting. The fact that it's economical is just a plus.

47   indigenous   2016 Dec 3, 8:11am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Through google:

There are approximately 60 heaping tablespoons, (75 level tablespoons) in 1 lb. of coffee. 1 lb. of ground coffee is equivalent to approximately 5.25 cups. 12 oz. of ground coffee is equal to about 4 cups.

or about 2 tablespoons per cup.

48   FortWayne   2016 Dec 3, 8:42am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

They got a good business model. Don't like their product, don't buy it?

49   PCGyver   2016 Dec 3, 8:54am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Each 7.1 gram squirt of their classic syrup is 5 grams of sugar! tr6 says

ok so maybe not 100g, close though:

50   MMR   2016 Dec 3, 12:39pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

Quickie Mart like Wawa

Much better than 7-11, I would add, with even some healthy options.

51   MMR   2016 Dec 3, 12:40pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Blurtman says

whipped cream loaded drinks should be fined for self abuse.

Only if they expect others to subsidize their bad choices

52   indigenous   2016 Dec 3, 12:41pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I don't want to start a war here but 7/11 is not bad nor is Mickey Ds I have never heard of Wawa

53   MMR   2016 Dec 3, 12:43pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

MMR says

Especially the fat chicks wearing low rise jeans and having love handles hanging out

Aren't you referring to Walmart?

Yeah but you will see lot of this phenomenon with people who drink 1 or more frappucinos per day

54   MMR   2016 Dec 3, 12:46pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

mmmarvel says

Actually I home roast and home grind my own coffee. Fresher, more control, cheaper and tastes better.

How much does it cost for small-scale roaster?

55   Blurtman   2016 Dec 3, 1:57pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

MMR says

Only if they expect others to subsidize their bad choices

We do via Medicare and Medicaid, as well as subsidize part of the space they take up on airplanes. Worse, they provide no visual pleasure for sexual fantasies.

56   ThreeBays   2016 Dec 3, 5:47pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I like Starbucks, but more often have the 75c Nespresso pods.

57   Tim Aurora   2016 Dec 3, 6:59pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

So is this thread because "Starbucks" is liberal and we attack everything Liberal

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/11/campaign-donations-prove-starbucks-liberal-coffee/

I am sorry but this is another Right wing ad homeinem attack. Great going guys. At least be forthcoming

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

58   BlueSardine   2016 Dec 3, 7:42pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Only if we detect SnowflakeMeltdown.
Otherwise it becomes just another food segment...

Tim Aurora says

So is this thread because "Starbucks" is liberal and we attack everything Liberal

59   APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE   2016 Dec 8, 8:24am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Starbucks is a cruel excuse for a coffee shop, from the counter help that sneers, "FUCKING VENTI!, CUNT! NO FUCKING MEDIUM FUCK COFFEES! HERE!, ASSHOLE! SAY IT! FUCKING VENTI!" to charging 3 bucks for lousy coffee that should be priced at 45 cents. I get off brand espresso, hazelnut and vanilla coffees, bean and ground, from the discount supermarket and spice them with cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and ground vanilla for cents on the dollars Starbucks yanks from the ASSHOLES! that fund their investors' pensions.

60   indigenous   2016 Dec 8, 8:28am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE says

Starbucks is a cruel excuse for a coffee shop, from the counter help that sneers, "FUCKING VENTI!, CUNT! NO FUCKING MEDIUM FUCK COFFEES! HERE!, ASSHOLE! SAY IT! FUCKING VENTI!" to charging 3 bucks for lousy coffee that should be priced at 45 cents. I get off brand espresso, hazelnut and vanilla coffees, bean and ground, from the discount supermarket and spice them with cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and ground vanilla for cents on the dollars Starbucks yanks from the ASSHOLES! that fund their investors' pensions.

It sounds like somebody needs their caffeine fix?

61   mmmarvel   2016 Dec 8, 8:32am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

MMR says

How much does it cost for small-scale roaster?

About $179 - check out Fresh Roast SR500 - several vendors sell them. As with many things in life, roasting requires a learning curve. To expect that you just pour in the beans, start the roaster and come back later to a good roasted coffee ... ain't happening. Not that hard but still a learning curve of different beans, different roasts and adjusting the roasting to what works for you.

62   SpecialSnowflake   2016 Dec 8, 10:54am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

And why are we supporting this sick company?

Sick? Don't see anything sick about SBUX from where I sit:

63   dublin hillz   2016 Dec 8, 11:13am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I can get unlimited free Peet's coffee at the office - it's known as operation crackhead.

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