Yeah me neither.
And I'm super excited about it! Aren't you? :)
07 March 2011 at 03:27 PM
Starbucks is responsible for putting two great ideas into the heads millions of people: that coffee should taste good, and that people in shitty service sector jobs should not go without medical care. Pity their brand management's been so crappy for the last 10 years or so. Otherwise it would be a good corporation to be slavering fanboys for.
07 March 2011 at 10:47 PM
I never drank coffee until about three or four years ago, but my understanding is indeed that pre-Starbucks coffeehouse culture was a giant roll of the dice, quality-wise. Better atmosphere, perhaps? Or so one would like to believe. The second bit is nice to hear in any case.
That said, coffee is (for most) a vector for the delivery of a powerful drug, and the sheer transience of the 'bucks experience takes away from what (this atheist thinks) should be the sacramental quality of its consumption. Same with pre-rolled cigarettes and boxed wine. The Starbucks 'brand' isn't so much about quality coffee, it's about good-enough coffee served fast enough. Hence the impatient waiting around for your order to come through. What happens there might not be the fault of Starbucks Inc., but if the culture of drug use gets healthier - more respectful and attentive - Starbucks will probably lose revenue. The incentives are all messed up.
08 March 2011 at 07:42 AM
We just might be experiencing sliiiiiiightly different levels of investment in the event.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
08 March 2011 at 08:48 AM
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