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(Quartz)   Starbucks is raising prices but will still misspell your name on your cup   (qz.com) divider line 135
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2013-06-21 08:00:30 PM  
Why is this news, lots of places raise prices.
 
2013-06-21 08:51:04 PM  
I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.
 
2013-06-21 10:34:14 PM  
My Starbucks name is Gunther.  It's rarely misspelled.
 
2013-06-21 11:05:16 PM  
If I ever need my name on a cup at Starbuck's, please kill me
 
2013-06-21 11:14:26 PM  
My name is hard for some people to pronounce, so I always give an easy fake one.  They know (because I use debit) and they don't care.
 
2013-06-21 11:15:33 PM  
I work within the coffee industry, and it's no secret that Starbucks serves some of the lowest grade bean blends available. I can't believe there's so many people that actually appreciate what they serve as "premium" coffee.

Enjoy your price increase, idiots.

/You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...
 
2013-06-21 11:16:27 PM  
If all you want is a regular cup of black coffee Starbucks is excellent and has pretty reasonable prices
 
2013-06-21 11:16:36 PM  

skantea: My name is hard for some people to pronounce, so I always give an easy fake one.  They know (because I use debit) and they don't care.


Jimmedah Crackedcorn is that you?
 
2013-06-21 11:18:55 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-06-21 11:20:45 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: I work within the coffee industry, and it's no secret that Starbucks serves some of the lowest grade bean blends available. I can't believe there's so many people that actually appreciate what they serve as "premium" coffee.

Enjoy your price increase, idiots.

/You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...


You're on teevee!

/I hate Starbucks, too. The coffee carts in New York on the curb outside Starbucks serve better coffee, at one-third the price.
 
2013-06-21 11:21:19 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: lowest grade bean blends available.


Their drip coffee served in the stores is quite bad. Actually, most places have bad (overcooked) drip coffee.
 
2013-06-21 11:21:20 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: I work within the coffee industry, and it's no secret that Starbucks serves some of the lowest grade bean blends available. I can't believe there's so many people that actually appreciate what they serve as "premium" coffee.

Enjoy your price increase, idiots.

/You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...


I worked in the coffee industry for nine years and I can tell you I never heard that.  In fact it was usually the case that people would complain about starbucks buying up entire harvests from some of the best plantations and driving up the costs by overspending to get those beans.

I did leave the industry in 2006 so maybe things have changed.
 
2013-06-21 11:22:28 PM  
Tray, Trae, Tre (not sure how make an accent over the e on my phone).

No one can spell Trey!
 
2013-06-21 11:23:23 PM  
I forgot Jay, Ray, Grey, Tracy, and Terry.
 
2013-06-21 11:24:08 PM  

Voiceofreason01: If all you want is a regular cup of black coffee Starbucks is excellent and has pretty reasonable prices


img.fark.net
 
2013-06-21 11:24:31 PM  

texdent: I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.


Good for you? Also, I fail to see the amusing part in prices going up but honestly think Starbucks is kind of expensive for OK coffee anyway.
 
2013-06-21 11:29:06 PM  

texdent: I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.


Worked for Starbucks for 3 years when I was 19.  When people laugh, I point out this was in the late 90s early 2000s when it was me, 1 other cool guy, and 11 hot women.  Couldn't ask for a better work environment in retail.

That being said, I was too young to enjoy coffee, so I drank hot chocolate (drinks are free for employees during the day)...it wasn't until I left that I was old enough to go back and physically want coffee.  Ironic I'm sure.

People rag on Starbucks way too much.  It takes are real moron to screw up coffee...most assume starbucks tastes bad because it's DIFFERENT...what they don't understand is they brew in a way that brings out the true nature of coffee.  The best way to get your flavor hands down from any brew though, is to use a French Press.  Metal/gold filters are the best way to go.  I'm rambling, but yeah...suck it haters, just because it's brewed differently doesn't mean it's bad...it means you don't want to admit you pay $2 for a cup of coffee just like the rest of us.
 
GBB
2013-06-21 11:29:52 PM  
www.technologytell.com

Just get the home version, Verismo.
 
2013-06-21 11:31:39 PM  
Doesn't sound like venti black iced coffees are going up in price, so I'm good.
 
2013-06-21 11:31:51 PM  
IDGAF how they spell my name, so long as I get whipped cream on my coffee/sugar drink.
 
2013-06-21 11:32:04 PM  

texdent: I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.


Your contribution is valuable.

MaudlinMutantMollusk: If I ever need my name on a cup at Starbuck's, please kill me


You got it, big guy.  is your name a play on Obsequious Opaque Squid?

blacksharpiemarker: I work within the coffee industry, and it's no secret that Starbucks serves some of the lowest grade bean blends available. I can't believe there's so many people that actually appreciate what they serve as "premium" coffee.

Enjoy your price increase, idiots.

/You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...


Honors degree in the humanities?
 
2013-06-21 11:32:35 PM  

texdent: I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.


What does drinking coffee have to do with going in there?

Starbucks mostly serves milkshakes. Some of which might vaguely taste of coffee.
 
2013-06-21 11:32:35 PM  
www.killthehydra.com
 
2013-06-21 11:32:55 PM  

blacksharpiemarker: /You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...


Actually, I do, I just also recognize friendly service vs. somebody who will act like a douchebag over me ordering the "wrong" way.
 
2013-06-21 11:34:32 PM  
I can hardly wait to show my elitism by paying $12 for a cup of Joe.  Suck it minimum wage fark hatas!

/sarc it
 
2013-06-21 11:36:30 PM  
img.fark.net

/I'll have what he's having.
 
2013-06-21 11:36:57 PM  
I like Starbucks coffee OK, but there independent coffee places near both my home and work.

For those of you in Chicagoland, Alchemy in Wilmette IL has the best coffee I have ever tried. Much cheaper than Starbucks and much better, too.
 
2013-06-21 11:47:13 PM  
Subby = Swarley
 
2013-06-21 11:49:04 PM  

gnadfly: I can hardly wait to show my elitism by paying $12 for a cup of Joe.


Then give Copenhagen a try. A Frappuccino is about $14.
 
2013-06-21 11:54:04 PM  
 
2013-06-21 11:54:23 PM  

ImpendingCynic: gnadfly: I can hardly wait to show my elitism by paying $12 for a cup of Joe.

Then give Copenhagen a try. A Frappuccino is about $14.


cost is less than $0.30

Good on you starbucks capitalism hee!
 
2013-06-21 11:55:16 PM  
I always figured they deliberately misspelled names. Mostly because that's what I'd do in their shoes.
 
2013-06-21 11:58:08 PM  

GBB: [www.technologytell.com image 449x326]

Just get the home version, Verismo.


dammit i came just to post this. good call.

//shar-shar
 
2013-06-21 11:59:11 PM  
Starbucks Barista: "Your name, sir?"

Bob: "Bob."

*2 minutes later*

*Bob reads Bawb on his drink*
 
2013-06-22 12:01:27 AM  
"My name is Tim, not Tom"

"And my name is Bob, not Boob"

:P

Seriously, if your biggest "get fussed" is someone spelled your name wrong on a disposable cup, I want your problems.
 
2013-06-22 12:01:50 AM  
A company's having a few minor changes in their pricing structure, I must tell the world lest it go unnoticed.
 
2013-06-22 12:01:59 AM  
In all fairness, the name "TommyymmoT", doesn't fare well when spoken.
 
2013-06-22 12:03:12 AM  

WordsnCollision: [img.fark.net image 570x763]

/I'll have what he's having.


Forget the cup, the hand holding that cup is positively skeletal!
 
2013-06-22 12:03:14 AM  
They can't spell your name right because the poors who work in service jobs are barely trainable slack-jawed drones who would do well to be glad they even have a job. Harharhar *lights cigar with dolphin bone lighter and doffs top hat*

/amidoingitright?
 
2013-06-22 12:03:54 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: blacksharpiemarker: /You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...

Actually, I do, I just also recognize friendly service vs. somebody who will act like a douchebag over me ordering the "wrong" way.


Sorry, I must come across as very hateful, but what I actually hate is corporations using clever marketing tactics to fool consumers into buying low quality product, then they become accustomed to the product, and quality begins to suffer.

This stands especially true in the North American market, where lower cost (lower quality) bean blends are formulated to satisfy "unique" consumer tastes and lower price expectations.

Luckily, I'm not on the service side of the industry because it would only frustrate me further.
 
2013-06-22 12:05:01 AM  

TommyymmoT: In all fairness, the name "TommyymmoT", doesn't fare well when spoken.


Tamme Yamod.
 
2013-06-22 12:08:25 AM  

blacksharpiemarker: The My Little Pony Killer: blacksharpiemarker: /You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...

Actually, I do, I just also recognize friendly service vs. somebody who will act like a douchebag over me ordering the "wrong" way.

Sorry, I must come across as very hateful, but what I actually hate is corporations using clever marketing tactics to fool consumers into buying low quality product, then they become accustomed to the product, and quality begins to suffer.

This stands especially true in the North American market, where lower cost (lower quality) bean blends are formulated to satisfy "unique" consumer tastes and lower price expectations.

Luckily, I'm not on the service side of the industry because it would only frustrate me further.


Last time I was in a Starbucks, the employees were talking into headsets to the people in drive up; it was eerie to stand at the counter waiting for someone to notice me while three employees were wandering around having one sided conversations.
 
2013-06-22 12:09:55 AM  
I'm sorry I misspelled your name.
I didn't know the dash wasn't silent.
My sincerest apologies Le-a.
 
2013-06-22 12:14:59 AM  
Supply and demand.  If people will keep paying for their drinks, then they would be fools to not raise their prices.

I like their mochas.  I can't stand their espresso.  But I'm spoiled.  At home I drink espresso made with 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain beans.  In fact, I just ordered three pounds today to replenish my dwindling supply.
 
2013-06-22 12:17:35 AM  

blacksharpiemarker: The My Little Pony Killer: blacksharpiemarker: /You wouldn't know a proper coffee from wet water out of a shoe...

Actually, I do, I just also recognize friendly service vs. somebody who will act like a douchebag over me ordering the "wrong" way.

Sorry, I must come across as very hateful, but what I actually hate is corporations using clever marketing tactics to fool consumers into buying low quality product, then they become accustomed to the product, and quality begins to suffer.

This stands especially true in the North American market, where lower cost (lower quality) bean blends are formulated to satisfy "unique" consumer tastes and lower price expectations.

Luckily, I'm not on the service side of the industry because it would only frustrate me further.


I'm sure you know this pretty much describes the history of coffee in America and much of Europe for quite a long time. Starbucks isn't as much of a coffee company these days as it is a general consistently-enjoyable-beverage business, but back in the day they offered higher quality beans than most others and it was a big reason for their initial expansions. Then Frappublahblahs came out and exploded, and Starbucks learned that the less they focus on pure quality coffee, the more money they make. I mostly just wonder when they'll fall out of favor in the general business world, what it would take to make that happen.
 
2013-06-22 12:22:27 AM  
Hey, my ice cream in a plastic cup is a-okay!

/White mocha frappucino light. Always ask for no whip. Or they will put whip on it.
// Cup name is Mojo Jojo. I like making people say that.
 
2013-06-22 12:23:07 AM  

jn1512: In related news


A Dunkin Donuts just opened in my town, about 150 yards from Starbucks. It's gotta be the ugliest interior I've ever seen. It looks like Hardees, except much cheaper. The outside looks pretty nice, but the inside makes the local Starbucks look like the Biltmore.
 
2013-06-22 12:27:47 AM  

Staffist: My Starbucks name is Gunther.  It's rarely misspelled.


Is your last name Centralperk?
 
2013-06-22 12:29:53 AM  

texdent: I have never once stepped into a Starbucks. Course I also don't drink coffee.


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2013-06-22 12:30:55 AM  
They are just preparing for the upcoming coffee apocalypse what with the south american coffee blight that is ongoing as I type.
 
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