Originally posted by Tedbear
Regarding Starbucks, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Professional coffee tasters usually refer to the brand as "Charbucks", due to the burned taste that results from over-roasting the beans. If someone likes that taste, that is fine, but any opinion that I have ever seen from the true coffee experts is one of "poor" for Starbucks. In a recent issue of Consumer Reports, their sensory experts, who did a series of blind taste tests, rated Starbucks at the bottom of their list.
Also--the price of a cup of coffee varies considerably from one Starbucks to another. While you can get a cup occasionally for as "little" as $1.85, it is not unusual to see a charge of around $3.00 for the "tall" (that, of course, is the small size) coffee at some locations.
Tedbear, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Foremost among these is that you sound like a condescending little snot here. We're all aware of what "professional coffee tasters" think of Starbucks, and many of us -- including myself -- agree that their full city roasts are burnt. (The more recent "Lightnote" roasts, however, are quite nice, though not a patch on a good George Howell roast from Terroir, naturally.) You're not imparting new information here.
Furthermore, what is this "occasionally" and "at some locations" jive? Sounds like someone talking out of a part of his anatomy through one one is not supposed to talk. Definite cites, please, not hearsay. Tell me these locations where a small cup of brewed coffee -- which is what we're discussing here, not the foofy espresso drinks -- costs $3. Show me pictures of the menus. Otherwise, I have to take you at your word. All I know is that I have never spent more than $1.85 for the largest size of BREWED COFFEE -- again, that's what we're talking about here, simple brewed coffee -- at a Starbucks, and I've been in a lotta Starbucks in a lotta places.
And finally, one thing you're gonna learn quickly about Roadfooders is that we don't give a rusty g*****n about the opinions of any "experts" or "professional tasters" except those of other Roadfooders, and even then, everybody's got people they tune out immediately. Such as the 237 people who are now thinking, "Good god, Lucky's on about Starbucks again."