January 6, 2005

That'll Be $1 for the Coffee plus $2.95 for the Frou-Frou

One more cup of coffee for the road,
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go
To the valley below.

The handy chart of Starbucks Drinks Simplified (kinda) will enlighten you as to just what goes into the magic brew that blew the lid off of coffee prices around America.

And a deadly brew it is too. In Corona Del Mar today, we pulled into a Seattle's Coffee parking lot only to note upon getting out that the shop was dead. Coffee gone. Signs gone. Tables gone. Windows painted over. Staff off to the next service job. The very model of an ex-shop.

Right across the street... a thriving Starbucks. Capitalist nature red in tooth and claw.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 6, 2005 8:33 PM
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I (who have scabbed inside a Starbucks while local hippies protested outside) have been told by a couple different Baristas that the company has never been forced to close a store, ever. Currently they are opening three and a half a day.

Oh, and here's feat worth achieving.

Anyway, I like Starbucks too.

Posted by: the UNPOPULIST at January 6, 2005 10:26 PM


Do the effetes and the elites hate Starbucks with the same intensity that they save for Wal-Mart?

If not, why not? Doesn't Starbucks do the same damage that Wal-Mart's are accused of doing by shutting down local businesses and inflicting homogeniety on us capitalist slaves?

Do the whiners not mind Starbucks because they play groovy jazz and pretend to care about "The Environment" by selling "Fair Beans" or whatever the hell they call it?

I am nearly cluless about the appeal of Starbucks even though I live in Seattle and have actually been to the world's first Starbucks by the Pike Place Market, yet I have never tasted the product. I don't like coffee.

Any ideas?

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at January 6, 2005 10:28 PM

Starbucks bought Seattle Coffee Co. just so they could get the airport concessions w/out having to open new stations to compete. It was cheaper to simply buy them out.

Posted by: greg at January 7, 2005 6:22 AM

Ironically, we had our first Starbucks open today in our little town of Beech Grove, Indiana (pop. 14,000). It's directly across the street from the hospital a few blocks from my house.

But just two blocks away from my house is the Lucky Bean Bistro, a cool little place with great coffee and lunches, the best cheesecake I've ever had in my life, and they're wireless so I can (and often do) blog from there.

Oh, and a cup of coffee with unlimited refills? A whopping 80 cents.

Posted by: greg at January 7, 2005 6:28 AM

It really is a shame that Sbucks is taking over the whole coffee-world. I just spent a week in Maui drinking my morning coffee at "Maui Coffee Roasters" - for $1 I got the best 12 oz. of coffee I've ever had in my life. I even bought a couple pounds of $35/pound "Kona super fancy" beans and even when ground up and used in my super-yuppie coffee maker the stuff doesn't taste as good as that $1 cup. *sighs*

-Fat Kid

Posted by: fat kid at January 7, 2005 11:40 AM