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2014-01-12 01:17:36 AM
It's just an excuse to jack up their "tall" beverages another buck, and everything else 2.

/coffee is bitter as hell anyway.
 
2014-01-12 01:50:38 AM
Yes; yes, it does.

Two-thirds of the staff will always be facing the drive-thru, and the people who do talk to you will ask you if they should leave room for cream in the black coffee you ordered.

But, hey, decor.
 
2014-01-12 02:03:12 AM
Predictably undrinkable.
 
2014-01-12 02:25:30 AM
Caffeination, U.S.A.
 
2014-01-12 02:41:35 AM
Long as they keep the smoking lounge, I don't care.
 
2014-01-12 02:49:49 AM
If I can't walk in and order a large black coffee, then it has not changed.
 
2014-01-12 03:52:15 AM
Clearly they still don't get me.  Come on Starbucks!  Everytime I came in for my Frappuccino I told you for days and months that I wouldn't come back unless you built a play place for my cats. Why do you hate my cats Starbucks!?
 
2014-01-12 04:08:54 AM

Marcus Aurelius: If I can't walk in and order a large black coffee, then it has not changed.


Who the fark drinks black coffee, anyway? I mean, I can drink it black, but would rather have regular.
 
2014-01-12 04:39:28 AM

Goimir: Marcus Aurelius: If I can't walk in and order a large black coffee, then it has not changed.

Who the fark drinks black coffee, anyway? I mean, I can drink it black, but would rather have regular.


If you order it at a place that makes it right, why not? Cream and sugar take away from the flavor, which is the whole point of gourmet coffee.
 
2014-01-12 06:40:45 AM
Whut?
Are there boobies there?
 
2014-01-12 07:14:55 AM
Anybody who doesn't drink their coffee black is a high-maintenance panty-waist.    I save dessert for after dinner.
 
2014-01-12 07:34:05 AM
Yep. If you wanted to drink sugary milk, why did you order coffee?

/Starbucks blend sucks
//but some.of the blends they sell whole are very tasty
///komodo ftw
 
2014-01-12 08:21:59 AM
In this thread:

www.necoffee.com

(Half will be "I only drink shade-grown fair trade civet droppings".  The other half will be "my chain donut store/gas station coffee is superior".)
 
2014-01-12 08:50:26 AM
If you ever get to Cusco, Peru, *do* visit Starbucks. It's easy to find, but it takes a minute to figure out how to get in there. You climb through a small door that opens into a patio, then climb two flights of stairs. It's in an ancient building, with minimal Starbucksiness (other than the logo here and there). Get your coffee, then go out onto the terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas (town square) and watch the world go by.

Cusco is worth visiting for a ton of reasons (Sachsayhuaman, Machu Picchu, incredible food), but a few minutes in the local *$ will make you realize that corporations are run by actual people. Sometimes.
 
2014-01-12 09:29:32 AM
Starbucks took over a former hotel lobby near Celebration, FL, and turned it into a pretty cool place. The old covered driveway was turned into a huge outdoor patio. And, it's open 24 hours. If you need a place to hang out all night and use the wifi, it's not a bad option.
 
2014-01-12 09:38:11 AM
Just because Starbucks coffee is predictable disgusting, doesn't mean the store has to be

FTFY subster
 
2014-01-12 07:14:54 PM
Great spaces ruined by mediocre food service.
 
2014-01-12 07:18:06 PM

steveGswine: Yes; yes, it does.

Two-thirds of the staff will always be facing the drive-thru, and the people who do talk to you will ask you if they should leave room for cream in the black coffee you ordered.

But, hey, decor.


I've learned the way to order there is "large coffee, no room" if you want to skip that question.
 
2014-01-12 09:26:02 PM
I like the Mexico City one.  New Orleans one is pretty cool too.
 
2014-01-12 09:29:46 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: Anybody who doesn't drink their coffee black is a high-maintenance panty-waist.


This must be the part where the manly guys who spend 4-6 hours meticulously slow cooking BBQ ribs in their firebox with exactly the right application of aluminum foil wrap, temperature, pork rub, and brushing of sauce at the exact right times that the people who order a 5-minute frappucino that they are high-maintenance panty-waists.

I like this part.
 
2014-01-13 06:00:47 AM
I usually enjoy the predictability of Starbucks but that means the most convenient Starbucks for me is predictably awful. They consistently screw up orders, even simple ones. I can understand screwing up my triple-grande-two-pump-mocha but they managed to screw up a simple coffee, too. I ordered 2 tall coffees and they tried to only give me one at the window. Twice in a row they've given me my drink for free because they couldn't manage to make 5 cars of orders in under 15 minutes.
 
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