To borrow from another thread:
"Frankly, folks, I find these disgusting attacks on a fine restaurant chain to be nothing short of scurrilous."
If I have a choice, I'll go to my local coffee shop but do go to Starbucks when it's convenient, like driving across the PA and Ohio Turnpikes for example. I like their coffee and as with even my local places, a good or bad espresso will depend on the barista making it. So what if they are a big corporation? I give them credit for increasing the awareness of quality coffee, allowing little independents to succeed in markets that didn't exist a few years ago.
As far as Greyghost's apparently LSD flashbacked reminisces- drink bad coffee wearing sunglasses in a dark shop reciting bad poetry to each other? Wow, way to rebel against the machine. The Starbucks I go to seem to be largely patronized by people who want to get a cup of coffee and be on their way. I think you're reading way too much into the experience. Self absorbed poseurs can be found virtually anywhere, even in a Waffle House.