27 Aug '12, 11pm

Why one coffee drinker from Austin, Texas prefers Starbucks stores over the indie coffeehouses:

Austin, that funky, free-spirited Texas town, has plenty of independent coffee shops, but "you can't beat Starbucks," writes Eileen Smith . "Yes, heresy in these parts. But true." HERE'S WHY: Starbucks baristas "are almost always smiling and chipper," while "the indie baristas typically look at you with reproach as if to say, I’m too good to be making coffee for you self-important soy chai-sipping ingrates." Smith adds: "The worst thing, though, even worse than the service is that their coffee doesn’t really taste good. It’s inconsistent, at best." Also, at the Starbucks outlets she frequents, there are electrical outlets aplenty; at indie shops you have to fight for the right to power. * Confessions of a Starbucks apologist

Full article: http://starbucksgossip.typepad.com/_/2012/08/why-starbuck...

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