I went out during a break in the (awesome) rain with the intent of getting a cup of coffee.
I am currently drink an Orange Spice Iced Coffee, of the dreaded Starbucks variety. It’s certainly the most interesting coffee that I’ve had in a long time.
It’s not quite to my taste, that is, as something I would order again. It’s an interesting flavor experiment, but I prefer regular coffee or tea. It might be a good beverage, I can’t really tell.
I definitely wouldn’t call it good coffee though. But I generally only think Starbucks coffee is good if I buy the beans and brew it at home. So that could just be me.
I could probably write in detail about why Starbucks’ coffee is not actually good, why they’re inferior to the single-cup pour over places that charge like $3 for just a regular cup of coffee (as opposed to $1.95+tax for a grande). When I go to a local, independent cafe, I do in fact think the coffee tastes better.
But, you know what? I’m not a coffee expert. If you like Starbucks coffee, that doesn’t mean your palate’s just not as sophisticated as mine. (It might, but I don’t take it that way.) I just know what I like. And I still buy Starbucks coffee, if not as often as I did before. I’ve mentioned in at least one previous post how I feel about this leviathan chain. I don’t love them, for sure. But I don’t hate them either. As far as “evil” corporations go, I don’t think they’re that close to the top of the list. And they have done wonders for making coffee convenient, even if you have to spend more to get the REALLY good stuff.
So thanks, Starbucks…