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October 06, 2008


True, Starbucks has descended from the Mount Olympus of espresso dens. But their quality remains relatively consistent, as you say. I keep going back too -- unless I can find a Peets or a Caffe Ladro.

They are trying to be quicker but when it gets really busy, the system doesn't work. There's always Dunkin Donuts.

It's a pain - but I think it's worth the extra 2 block walk to the 'Bucks on Washington street - they seem to have a great rhythm down and can get you in & out in under five minutes.

Don't even get me started on Dunkin Donuts. I don't know if it's just the location near me (Mass Ave., across from Berkley School of Music), but it seems like every time I go there I forget that the previous time I went I swore it'd be my last.
Try ordering two drinks and the order taker acts like you're asking for a thanksgiving turkey. 'Does not compute...'
Or, heaven forbid you should want something with your coffee – a... donut, perhaps? (Do they sell donuts at Dunkin Donut anymore?) It doesn't matter who waits on me – they're all moving in cranial slow motion or something.

So, in the midst of financial calamity on streets Wall and Main this is the best ya got??? Life's pretty good, I'd say.

And don't call me a designated drink maker, bub. I'm a BARRISTA, Got it!

I make going to Starbucks a treat. I can't afford to go there all the time. The times I go to DD, I'm ready to scream at the stupidity. You do get what you pay for at Starbucks. And their toffee almond bars? To die for.

Scott - Peets is pretty good, but it's no Starbucks.

Karen - DD doesn't cut it for me.

Em - agreed. But sometimes I'm lazy.

Andrew - welcome to the circus.

Jackie - whatever, dude.

Christine - I went to Starbucks in London and paid $5 for a coffee. A treat it is.

Whatever you do, don't go in there with our PR goddess. There's a guy there that will go into a 5 minute fugue state in her presence while there's literally a line of 10 people waiting.

Beth - too funny.

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