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Post by NotToday »

Is anyone else addicted?

It's awful and it's an expensive addiction and I cannot quit. It's awful.

I just finished a Venti Iced Chi Tea Latte. What are you hooked on?

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NotToday;634782 wrote: Is anyone else addicted?

It's awful and it's an expensive addiction and I cannot quit. It's awful.

I just finished a Venti Iced Chi Tea Latte. What are you hooked on?
love it :-6
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Oh yes it is an expensive addiction. I only get one about once a week if I can hold out that long.

FAVORITES: All Grande's of course. ;) and hot.

1. Caramel Macchiato

2. Cinnamon Dolce Latte - whip
ALOHA!!

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WOO HOO!!, what a ride!!!"

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What ever happened to coffee? Black and oily beans ground fresh and espresso'd. Nothing added. (Pam swoons at the thought...)
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i dont drink coffee it makes me hyper and crazy ...:thinking:







but i'd have a starbuck :sneaky: :sneaky:
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CARLA;634790 wrote: Oh yes it is an expensive addiction. I only get one about once a week if I can hold out that long.

FAVORITES: All Grande's of course. ;) and hot.

1. Caramel Macchiato

2. Cinnamon Dolce Latte - whip


I love caramel Macchiato's:-4
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I'm hooked on coffee but I am very partial to Espresso Frapachino:)
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Gingerbread Latte's at christmas time:-6
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NotToday;634782 wrote: Is anyone else addicted?

It's awful and it's an expensive addiction and I cannot quit. It's awful.

I just finished a Venti Iced Chi Tea Latte. What are you hooked on?


I hate starbucks with a passion.

They're taking over and pushing independent coffee shops out of the high streets.

And that's not even mentioing how much they pay the coffee bean producers.
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Talking of which, has anyone seen a documentary called Black Gold?
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I like their espresso, I'm not into the sweet stuff! :-6
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saffy;634886 wrote: I hate starbucks with a passion.

They're taking over and pushing independent coffee shops out of the high streets.

And that's not even mentioing how much they pay the coffee bean producers.
Saffy! We should congratulate them for doing so well and figuring out the business! I'm sure they don't do it on purpose, their coffee just happens to be better than anyones!

My faves in order:

Iced Caramel Macchioto extra caramel and an extra shot

White Mocha

Vanilla Capp.

Peppermint White Mocha

Caramel Apple Cider

Vanilla Steamers

All VENTIS!!
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:-4 SWOON:-4 all things coffee :-4
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minks;635027 wrote: :-4 SWOON:-4 all things coffee :-4


Amen to that Minks:wah:
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All you need is water, heat and coffee. Then you DIY
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jimbo;634850 wrote: i dont drink coffee it makes me hyper and crazy ...:thinking:







but i'd have a starbuck :sneaky: :sneaky:


Jimbo - you mean you're not hyper and crazy already??
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pinkchick;635229 wrote: Jimbo - you mean you're not hyper and crazy already??




no not yet you should see me after a few jack dee's i'm afraid suzy has a full time job just controlling me , i just wont shut up clowning around i really am the worlds worst boy friend dont even mention my dancing suzy has many a cringing story to tell about the village idiot's night out :-5 :-5









oh well your a long time dead enjoy it while you can :o :o
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jimbo;635233 wrote: no not yet you should see me after a few jack dee's i'm afraid suzy has a full time job just controlling me , i just wont shut up clowning around i really am the worlds worst boy friend dont even mention my dancing suzy has many a cringing story to tell about the village idiot's night out :-5 :-5









oh well your a long time dead enjoy it while you can :o :o


Well said that man!! Tee HEE HEE
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Post by Victoria »

I have to agree with Saffy. Starbucks is overpriced overrated another multi national chain pushing independents out of our high streets just like mac donalds and burgerking have done.:(

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Chookie;635225 wrote: All you need is water, heat and coffee. Then you DIY


I agree with that. I'm not sure why "Starbucks" appear unable to make a proper cup of coffee. "Marketing", I suppose.
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jimbo;634850 wrote: i dont drink coffee it makes me hyper and crazy ...







but i'd have a starbuck :sneaky:


Oh HELL yes. :-6 "Frack" indeed.



When visiting that coffee shop (the term "coffee store" is perhaps more appropriate), it's always a Venti mocha in cool/cold weather, and a mocha frappacino in warm/hot weather. I will say, however, that I visit other shops more frequently because I'm not such a big fan of Starbucks' scorched-earth marketing policies.
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Post by NotToday »

Well, it's the only coffee shop on my block.

If there was a less expensive "friendlier" alternative around here, I'd be happy to support it.

Until then, I have to support my caffeine addiction in whatever way possible. :-6




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NotToday;636253 wrote: Well, it's the only coffee shop on my block.

If there was a less expensive "friendlier" alternative around here, I'd be happy to support it.

Until then, I have to support my caffeine addiction in whatever way possible. :-6


Ain't bustin' chops, ma'am. As I stated, I go to Starbucks too. I just prefer most of the time to support locally. That's my preference; doesn't mean I think people who prefer Starbucks are criminals, gnome sayin'? :D
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I, Rob;636321 wrote: Ain't bustin' chops, ma'am. As I stated, I go to Starbucks too. I just prefer most of the time to support locally. That's my preference; doesn't mean I think people who prefer Starbucks are criminals, gnome sayin'? :D


understood :)




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Am I the only one who goes to Starbucks for brownies?? :o
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Deep_Respect;639187 wrote: Am I the only one who goes to Starbucks for brownies?? :o
No......... I do too:-6
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Deep_Respect;639187 wrote: Am I the only one who goes to Starbucks for brownies?? :o


I usually can't escape without a cinnamon scone, myself. (Note to the UK readers: I've been informed by those who know that Starbucks' versions of scones bear little resemblance to yours, but to-may-to to-mah-to, they're dang yummy anyway.)
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Post by koan »

Starbucks went downhill.

They used to be really strict about timing their shots and threw a lot of coffee out every day. They must have assessed it and decided they could save some dough without losing customers. The timers are gone from the espresso machines and I'm gone from their lineups.
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koan;639415 wrote: Starbucks went downhill.

They used to be really strict about timing their shots and threw a lot of coffee out every day. They must have assessed it and decided they could save some dough without losing customers. The timers are gone from the espresso machines and I'm gone from their lineups.


Why do I have this image of you with a wristwatch at the counter: "3..2..1, Now! Now, coffee wench! *thump-thump!*" :wah:
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I worked there a long time ago so I can tell if a shot is good or not just by watching them pull it.
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koan;639426 wrote: I worked there a long time ago so I can tell if a shot is good or not just by watching them pull it.


In all seriousness, I have nothing but respect for those who serve from behind that counter. I couldn't deal with that sort of pressure; I simply don't quite have that level of fondness for the public. :rolleyes:
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I just did it for the free coffee. All we could drink while on shift. I don't think I slept very much for those three months. We used to have a lot of fun there too. Great staff. I think that changed when they got all unionized too.
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koan;639426 wrote: I worked there a long time ago so I can tell if a shot is good or not just by watching them pull it.


Dare I comment on this one? :lips:

That's right... you mentioned that you were a barista for Starbucks... and I mentioned that I had a connection with Starbucks, as well... Whether it had gone union or not, the inevitable at these places occurs much the same way.


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i had a good reply ready but got stroking your llama and forgot. :o
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koan;653580 wrote: i had a good reply ready but got stroking your llama and forgot. :o


Wrong thread again Koan! Get back in the Nasty Room if you're gonna start stroking the purple llama!! Geez already!! :mad:



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Three of my good friends work at Starbucks. One is a manager, one is a single mom holding down two jobs, and one is a student. All three of them absolutely adore the company & would never think of leaving. Its so odd to me, I can't imagine being that pleased with my employer.

Its nice for me too, because I get pounds of coffee for free!
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'[love wrote: light;660804']Three of my good friends work at Starbucks. One is a manager, one is a single mom holding down two jobs, and one is a student. All three of them absolutely adore the company & would never think of leaving. Its so odd to me, I can't imagine being that pleased with my employer.

Its nice for me too, because I get pounds of coffee for free!


Dood! Score! :D
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I know, with my level of Starbucks addiction free coffee saves me major $$$$ !
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<---addicted to the double chocolate chip frappucino :o
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did you call a starbucks employee a coffee wench? I plan to, but there may be a monkey wench in my plans. It is my conscience, in want of a cricket.
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NotToday;634782 wrote: Is anyone else addicted?

It's awful and it's an expensive addiction and I cannot quit. It's awful.

I just finished a Venti Iced Chi Tea Latte. What are you hooked on?


Starbucks was boycotted in Berkeley when it first appeared

because of the famous ( in the Bay Area) Peats coffee.

Someone from Peats I think started Starbucks

in Seattle , WA
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I drink any of the fraps with extra caramel. Big sugar rush but so good. I don't go everyday though so I'm not that addicted.
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I've found a reason to never again enter a Starbucks. In my opinion the reporter is a knee-jerk eejit for having written the first article, and she doesn't exactly do a mea culpa with this follow-up, but it's Starbucks Corporate who are the real villains here.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonia ... xml&coll=7
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Post by Lindsey »

Anything milky and sweet. :yh_coffee

And then, there's the ice coffees....

Maybe a touch of vanilla... or hazelnut... or chai...

oh god... I'll be back

*Off to swoon in my car, we have a drive through Starbucks just down the road.*

I order a few, and stick them in the frig when I get home. I feels so decadent, I always try to make it seem like I'm ordering for 3.

:yh_blush
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Starbucks seems to have confused coffee with milkshakes. I'm sure there is a place in the scheme of things for sweet, milky confections - full of bits of cookie, like grandma used to bake and icecream and colouring and sugar sugar sugar. Add cinnamon, add vanilla why not, hazelnut flavours etc etc. Sprinkle the lot with chocolate chips, smarties, and whipped cream whirls. It may be a wonderful, comforting, supersizing drink-meal

.................. but it's not coffee



COFFEE IS DARK AND STRONG AND IN YOUR FACE. COFFEE PUTS HAIRS ON YOUR CHEST AND A GLOW ON YER CHEEKS. COFFEE HAS BALLS!!!

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Yes it's all those things and apparently its healthy for you too!

http://health.msn.com/dietfitness/slide ... geindex=10



AussiePam;708488 wrote: Starbucks seems to have confused coffee with milkshakes. I'm sure there is a place in the scheme of things for sweet, milky confections - full of bits of cookie, like grandma used to bake and icecream and colouring and sugar sugar sugar. Add cinnamon, add vanilla why not, hazelnut flavours etc etc. Sprinkle the lot with chocolate chips, smarties, and whipped cream whirls. It may be a wonderful, comforting, supersizing drink-meal

.................. but it's not coffee



COFFEE IS DARK AND STRONG AND IN YOUR FACE. COFFEE PUTS HAIRS ON YOUR CHEST AND A GLOW ON YER CHEEKS. COFFEE HAS BALLS!!!

Off to brew me first of the day.
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Cool !!!

Thankyou Deep Respect!!

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I used to like Starbucks, but gone are the days when it was just two schoolteachers and a writer whom, inspired by their friend Alfred Peet, just wanted a decent cup of coffee the way it used to be... rarely do I see the baristas properly time or measure their espresso, or even use timers on the pots of coffee and toss out the old stuff... and I never got into all that fru-fru sweetness... I prefer a nice, fresh, rich cup of varietal coffee... no cream, no sugar... which I've discovered if you want to do it right... get the green beans and roast them yourself just before grinding and brewing. :D


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never heard of documentary--Black Gold

but will check it out.

Starbucks began out of the first exotic coffee beans sold retail ,

in Berkeley, Calif. called Peats coffee.

..read about it once in some book on coffee...

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