According to what I have read it was mainly MacDonalds' concentrated efforts
to cut into Starbucks market that was responsible for Starbucks' recent
financial woes. I know that MacDonalds and Dunkin Donuts have both decided
to go after Starbucks' clientel but I can't see how anyone buying coffee
from either MacDonalds or DD would ever give up being a Starbucks client.
But, then again, I never buy just coffee from Starbucks; it's usually an
espresso or cappuccino. I guess the majority of Starbucks' clients must be
"plain" coffee drinkers. Even considering that, I find MacDonalds "improved"
coffee to be barely drinkable and the new DD coffees to be swill. I choose
Starbucks only if I am on the road and can't brew my own coffee and would
only hit MacDonalds or DD if there was absolutely no alternative caffine
supply; I'd rather go to a 7/11.
Recent recipient of the "1st Zine Award for Responsible Capitalism",
Chairman Starbucks Howard Schultz apparently celebrated with the new
acquisition of a $30M condo at 950 Fifth Ave., N.Y.C. -- replete in
Italian-Renaissance deco and across from Central Park nearby
Metropolitan Museum of Art -- with a decided upscale ambiance from
Brooklyn housing projects where he grew up. Although the company is
experiencing a 35% decline on shares since 2007, its largest ever
loss, prompting some analysts to project a shareholder takeover,
appearances aren't lacking. There is holiday help from the corporate
going out to needy families in Michigan, baskets of select coffees for
U.S. servicemen stationed overseas, as well as an upscale seasonal
goodwill advertising campaign, such an encounter with man and reindeer
on a ski lift to "pass the goodwill." There's also nationally
syndicated TeeVee, now no longer considered declasse and off bounds,
besides gala plans for a cross-cultural programme, Starbucks biggest,
of store openings across Britain in 2008. That should help offset
U.S. concerns. Starbucks really wants to become the Third-Place for
Americans. See, it's pretty simple: first, there's your work, second,
there's home, and third, well of course, there's Starbucks. We love
what we do. We don't want you for a customer. . .come be our special
Well, their woes are really a declining growth rate more than anything
Actually it is thinking that one's are so much better that they are
above competing with riff-raff coffee purveyors like McDonalds and
Dunkin Donuts that will get Starbucks or the local espresso shop in
trouble quickly. Coffee is taken many times by impulse, and a
competitor moves in closer to where the customers are with a drink
that is a reasonable substitute then that's where the business will
There are appparently a lot of people who think otherwise. And those
people are the ones who will make or break a coffee business,
especially the bigger guys.
'''Not at all surprising for the company that pretty much led the way to
better coffee.''' !!!!!!
Have you ever tasted BETTER COFFEE, or do you just think paying $5-7 for a
cup of coffee makes you better than a McD patron? *$ coffee is the worst
crap ever made.
Come on, be fair. It is really not that bad. It is better than a lot
of coffee that I have gotten in some restaurants. Yes, it is costly,
too costly really, and probably not as good as some specialty coffee
shops, but I have worse.
We all have different tastes, of course. But to my taste, yes, it *is*
that bad. I'll grant you that there may be places that are worse, but
to me Starbucks coffee is simply awful. It's not even a matter of
price or value. Even if it were free, I'd rather have no coffee than
I certainly respect your opinion as well as others within this NG. No
doubt you and others here have had more experience with good and bad
coffee(s) than I have had.
One thing I do know. It was in this NG a year or two ago that someone
mentioned I should try and find a good roaster to buy beans from as I
was buying coffee off the store shelves in bean form (Folgers, Maxwell
House, etc). I did and have not turned back since (check out this link
and let me know what you know about this organization that voted this
roaster/cafe as one of the top in the country and it is within a short
drive of my home and I did not even know it existed:
) In fact, I was
directed to this shop by someone in this NG. I have been buying from
them ever since.
When I open the bag, the beans shine, quite dark in appearance, the
smell is unreal and beautiful, and the taste...well, buddies come over
on a regular basis to have what they call, "a great cup of coffee..."
I pay about $7 per pound (which lasts me about a week). How many
coffee drinks could I get from Starbucks for the same money?
Yes, I was referring to the coffee and not the brew with all sorts of stuff
mixed in. My 'problem' is that I always have preferred my coffee black with
nothing to adulterate it. Even my espresso has to be black with nothing
more than a possible twist of lemon rind. Therefore, Starbucks IS awful to
my taste. I'm not a professional taster but enjoy good black coffee.
By the way, despite how often you see lemon peel in American "Italian"
restaurants, I've never seen this *anywhere* in Italy (and I've
traveled there extensively over the last 20-25 years).
If Starbucks is awful to your taste, you clearly have excellent taste.
'> By the way, despite how often you see lemon peel in American "Italian"
I never been to Italy but I've been to France, Germany, and Luxembourg often
and the twist is used there a lot along with a big block of sugar or raw
sugar, which I don't use. I don't remember if they served it in England or
not. Usually, the Guinness or Bass got the nod over the espresso there!
I won't often turn down a cup of coffee ....unless I know it's *$.
Something about that char-broiled taste that can just ruin my day.