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(NYPost)   Despite all the destruction and devastating caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York City, one rogue Starbucks is violating company orders and staying open during the storm. "There's nothing else I would have gone out for - except beer"   (nypost.com) divider line 71
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2012-10-30 04:02:29 PM  
FTA: "It was scary not having Starbucks," said Owings, who orders tea, not coffee.

Oh, for....
 
2012-10-30 04:50:45 PM  
Starbucks: coffee for people who HATE coffee.

Seriously--- it seems no one actually drinks coffee at Starbucks, but rather drinks coffee drinks. It's like alcohol--- except in this case, if it has more than one ingredient (besides water), it is just wrong. Sometimes it is a necessary evil, and they always have free bathrooms (it seems), but I get looked at like I am an alien when I order a coffee or espresso. Never mind that most places serve everything in paper cups, making the coffee taste like...... paper. When I am there, I need a caffeine fix, and I can shoot down an espresso shot before I walk out the door. Serve it in a proper vessel--- not paper.
 
2012-10-30 05:02:29 PM  

mister cornwallis: How dare people want a slice of normalcy after getting farked by a storm. How dare them I say.


This was during the storm, the article is from 10pm on the 29th. The day after a storm is different, I'm all for getting back to normal, but there isn't much of a rational argument for keeping it open during the storm
 
2012-10-30 05:43:16 PM  

filter: Starbucks: coffee for people who HATE coffee.

Seriously--- it seems no one actually drinks coffee at Starbucks, but rather drinks coffee drinks. It's like alcohol--- except in this case, if it has more than one ingredient (besides water), it is just wrong. Sometimes it is a necessary evil, and they always have free bathrooms (it seems), but I get looked at like I am an alien when I order a coffee or espresso. Never mind that most places serve everything in paper cups, making the coffee taste like...... paper. When I am there, I need a caffeine fix, and I can shoot down an espresso shot before I walk out the door. Serve it in a proper vessel--- not paper.


Starbucks does offer a paltry $0.10 discount for customers who bring their own cups.
 
2012-10-30 06:56:28 PM  

freewill: On one hand, this must seem really douchey and #FirstWorldProblems to people looking at it from the outside, and many of the quotes they selected are pretty incriminating.

On the other hand, I truly believe that keeping a restaurant open is a great contribution to a community struggling with a disaster.

To me, flooding is just demoralizing and horrible. It's everywhere, you can't stop it, and anything it touches is probably a lost cause. You end up spending the day moving sump pumps and hoping you don't electrocute yourself, days tearing out foul construction materials and dragging them to the curb or going through family memories that have to be thrown in the garbage. It saps your will to live, and even if your home and workplace are alright, the things that keep your mind occupied are shut down so you look around at the damage and start wondering if your community will ever be like it was again, whether it's possible to fix everything, and whether it's even worth trying. It's truly depressing, and it doesn't take long to get angry about the "eh" food you stockpile for the power outage. Even if you can cook, it's the last thing in the world you actually feel like doing, so if you can find an excuse to put on clean clothing, go out, sit down, and feel like a human being again for a few minutes, it's amazing.

I mean, I don't know how many coffee shops are still open in Manhattan at this point, maybe it's not that big of a deal, but I suspect that a bunch of the people coming into that Starbucks probably don't have electricity at home to heat up a cup of coffee for themselves and a few probably aren't even sure where their home is anymore. Sitting down with a neighbor and having a hot cup of coffee in a familiar place? That might be the most awesome thing that's going to happen to them all week. One farking normal thing to make it feel like you still live in the same city you knew on Friday.


Nicely put but oddly I kept expecting this to turn into a PocketNinja post.
 
2012-10-30 06:59:58 PM  

ham-operator: And people say that caffeine is not addictive. If she is willing to take her 1.5 year old daughter out during an impending storm, then she obviously has a problem.



Nevermind the 25 year old who goes to Starbucks "4 to 5 times a day" and walked 20 blocks to find the open one mentioned in the article.
 
2012-10-30 07:43:51 PM  

Dimensio: Starbucks does offer a paltry $0.10 discount for customers who bring their own cups.


Those jerks, don't they know that people deserve big discounts for difficult tasks like bringing in your own dirty grind-filled tumbler to have the coffee monkey fill it up?
 
2012-10-30 08:10:12 PM  
Who would go run around in sewer water for a cup of coffee? It's about the only single thing you should have zero trouble making in your own home.
 
2012-10-30 08:37:26 PM  

LeroyBourne: What erks me is they try to make you speak their crazy jungle language. Can I get a large dark roast? You mean venti? I don't know what that means, wouldn't grande be the large one?


Some time ago I went to the one on Broadway and 43rd Street in New York a few times. It's 5.30 in the morning, and they're going "Hi honey, what can we get you? Hey baby, what do you want?" ... that was strange. Or maybe I was still sleepy.
 
2012-10-30 08:53:20 PM  

Kuroshin: cs30109: Starbucks coffee is fine, but the only thing they do differently than most places is to brew their coffee strong. If you use fresh ground coffee and make sure to use at least 2 tablespoons of grounds per 6-oz cup of water, it will come out similar to Starbucks.

If I use more grounds for the same volume of water, my coffee will come out burnt?

Amazing. I thought it was their over-roasting that did it.

/no, Starbucks isn't "strong" - it's burnt
//loves me some strong coffee, even the darker roasts, as long as they aren't immolated


I Make VERY strong coffee daily with fresh ground beans and my house does not smell like a freshly ran over skunk. What causes that smell is when the water used to brew the coffee is way to hot and it burns the coffee (breaks the oils down that give coffee its distinct flavor).
it brings to mind an article posted here on Fark about things that piss baristaas off. One of the things was people asking what temperature the coffees water was for brewing, the baristaa not knowing much about coffee stated if people wanted their coffee cooler so it was easier to drink they should add ice to it. StarYucks is burnt crap not coffee.

/when coffee oils get burnt they break down to an acidic substance
// the acidic substance the oils break down to act as a laxative on the system. Enjoy the Nice cup of Laxative
 
2012-10-30 08:54:03 PM  

flexflint: LeroyBourne: What erks me is they try to make you speak their crazy jungle language. Can I get a large dark roast? You mean venti? I don't know what that means, wouldn't grande be the large one?

Some time ago I went to the one on Broadway and 43rd Street in New York a few times. It's 5.30 in the morning, and they're going "Hi honey, what can we get you? Hey baby, what do you want?" ... that was strange. Or maybe I was still sleepy.


Yeah but what really throws you off are the Adam's apples.
 
2012-10-30 09:30:04 PM  
"I'm really happy these guys are open. I can't get a pumpkin spice latte anywhere else," he said. "The 10-minute wait was worth it."

White people's problems.
 
2012-10-30 09:31:23 PM  
Even if we had a Starbucks here in the boonies, I wouldn't go to it unless I was meeting a friend to hang out (not really many coffee shop options here), but good on them for staying open. Emergency workers need their coffee; I'm not sure I've met more than a couple that didn't have some form of caffeine intake. You don't want those guys cranky or tired during a true emergency, right?

Yeah it's kinda sad they weren't providing it for free, but then again it's not free for them either, assuming it works like a normal franchise. Their actual straight up coffee with cream and sugar isn't that much more than DD or Tim Hortons assuming the prices haven't changed much in the last year. I mostly lean moderate liberal but if people want to buy coffee, give them the option. The Red Cross was probably out there giving it away for those without the cash.
 
2012-10-30 09:43:58 PM  
Tom_Slick: If they were in the south and headed to Waffle House, they would be inbred clueless rednecks, I guess in NYC they are inbred clueless hipsters.

Damn straight, and soulless, too, since they seem to enjoy keeping the employees prisoner in the city when those employees could be at home with their families or getting the frack out of NY!
 
2012-10-30 09:48:24 PM  

Lyllydd: Tom_Slick: If they were in the south and headed to Waffle House, they would be inbred clueless rednecks, I guess in NYC they are inbred clueless hipsters.

Damn straight, and soulless, too, since they seem to enjoy keeping the employees prisoner in the city when those employees could be at home with their families or getting the frack out of NY!


A friend of mine works for a certain international burger chain in marketing, but she worked the line after the hurricane went through Louisiana because she felt bad for people who had no power and couldn't cook for whatever reason. Not all employees are 'imprisoned', some actually enjoy their jobs.

I didn't mind staying open when I worked at Sbarros and the mall power went out long enough that they closed the mall. We still got paid, and people were hungry.
 
2012-10-30 10:07:58 PM  

mama2tnt: FTA: "It was scary not having Starbucks," said Owings, who orders tea, not coffee.

Oh, for....


Yes. That line makes me weep for humanity.

At least Starbucks have some brand identity in the way they fark about with coffee.

If you can't figure out how to let some leaves, either confined in a bag or allowed to roam freely - although destined to be caught in a strainer - steep in hot water for a few minutes, and give you a refreshing drink as your reward...

Every beverage sold by any coffee shop costs pennies for them to produce, and they sell them for $$$. If you can't figure out how to make a more lovely beverage for less on your own, you are a idiot. Yes, espresso machines can be expensive, but if you love coffee it pays for itself over time, and you get to choose the beans you put in.
 
2012-10-30 11:08:32 PM  

ThreeFootSmurf: Kuroshin: cs30109: Starbucks coffee is fine, but the only thing they do differently than most places is to brew their coffee strong. If you use fresh ground coffee and make sure to use at least 2 tablespoons of grounds per 6-oz cup of water, it will come out similar to Starbucks.

If I use more grounds for the same volume of water, my coffee will come out burnt?

Amazing. I thought it was their over-roasting that did it.

/no, Starbucks isn't "strong" - it's burnt
//loves me some strong coffee, even the darker roasts, as long as they aren't immolated

I Make VERY strong coffee daily with fresh ground beans and my house does not smell like a freshly ran over skunk. What causes that smell is when the water used to brew the coffee is way to hot and it burns the coffee (breaks the oils down that give coffee its distinct flavor).
it brings to mind an article posted here on Fark about things that piss baristaas off. One of the things was people asking what temperature the coffees water was for brewing, the baristaa not knowing much about coffee stated if people wanted their coffee cooler so it was easier to drink they should add ice to it. StarYucks is burnt crap not coffee.

/when coffee oils get burnt they break down to an acidic substance
// the acidic substance the oils break down to act as a laxative on the system. Enjoy the Nice cup of Laxative


Right. A 35 billion dollar company can't figure out how not to burn coffee, but you've got it all figured out.

Their coffee isn't burned. And it IS stronger than other common chains. You can verify this just by looking up the caffeine content, which pretty much scales directly with the strength of the coffee (although different roast styles also affect it). Yes, their coffee is overpriced, but there's nothing really wrong with it.
 
2012-10-31 12:11:16 AM  

Unobtanium: Yes. My wife and I did volunteer post-flood demolition and rebuild in the mid 1990's, after a "500 year" flood. Even though our total contribution was 3 long weekends, it made a difference. Little things meant a lot to those folks.


Yep...

I did flood cleanup in Kentucky in '97.

Horrible horrible mess, and the smell.. ugh. But, little things help.
 
2012-10-31 01:47:28 AM  

cs30109: ThreeFootSmurf: Kuroshin: cs30109: Starbucks coffee is fine, but the only thing they do differently than most places is to brew their coffee strong. If you use fresh ground coffee and make sure to use at least 2 tablespoons of grounds per 6-oz cup of water, it will come out similar to Starbucks.

If I use more grounds for the same volume of water, my coffee will come out burnt?

Amazing. I thought it was their over-roasting that did it.

/no, Starbucks isn't "strong" - it's burnt
//loves me some strong coffee, even the darker roasts, as long as they aren't immolated

I Make VERY strong coffee daily with fresh ground beans and my house does not smell like a freshly ran over skunk. What causes that smell is when the water used to brew the coffee is way to hot and it burns the coffee (breaks the oils down that give coffee its distinct flavor).
it brings to mind an article posted here on Fark about things that piss baristaas off. One of the things was people asking what temperature the coffees water was for brewing, the baristaa not knowing much about coffee stated if people wanted their coffee cooler so it was easier to drink they should add ice to it. StarYucks is burnt crap not coffee.

/when coffee oils get burnt they break down to an acidic substance
// the acidic substance the oils break down to act as a laxative on the system. Enjoy the Nice cup of Laxative

Right. A 35 billion dollar company can't figure out how not to burn coffee, but you've got it all figured out.

Their coffee isn't burned. And it IS stronger than other common chains. You can verify this just by looking up the caffeine content, which pretty much scales directly with the strength of the coffee (although different roast styles also affect it). Yes, their coffee is overpriced, but there's nothing really wrong with it.


oh the company itself has it just fine, its the people they Employ at their stores that do not know or realize this. If you ever took the time to taste test you would notice the canned/bottled coffees do not taste like the chain store crap. and since the employees most of the time have no idea about brewing coffee (kind of like you) they have no clue that the machines in the store are not calibrated to the correct brewing temperature.

have a nice crap from drinking your burnt coffee flavored laxative ;)
 
2012-10-31 04:11:53 PM  

redmid17: Adam's apples


These? I didn't look at the Adam's apples ... .
 
2012-11-01 09:53:42 AM  
The facebook comments at the bottom of the article are quite entertaining. The baby's grandparents on both sides, and the father of the daughter all chime in with disgust towards the mother. Looks like there is a custody battle going on.
 
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