At Starbucks, I can drink coffee, work on my computer or other device via free wireless, or read a book or newspaper. Starbucks is a great meeting spot for blind dates, meeting old friends, or just chilling with others. Starbucks is a convenient place for me to buy The New York Times. Also, I can purchase a healthy snack or not so healthy snack. Lastly, the baristas are usually friendly, hard-working people and that make the visit all the better. A bonus is that Starbucks is usually a good people-watching spot.
What is your favorite beverage to purchase?
The caffé misto is my personal favorite—coffee with lots of frothy milk. I usually order nonfat milk and add in some of my own stevia that I keep with me. I also will purchase an occasional San Pellegrino or other bottled water. When I am not in a coffee mood, which is rare, I will order a brewed tea, either a Refresh (peppermint) or Chai. In the summer I might order a green-tea iced tea.
What are your favorite snacks at Starbucks?
A banana is my favorite and best snack. However, a 120-calorie petite vanilla scone comes in a close second. I also like the nut bars that seem more healthy than not. Most of the time I bring my own Lärabar.
How many locations have you been to in the past month?
According to my account, I have been to five Starbucks in the last month: three in Plano and two in Dallas. I do have my favorites depending on what part of town I am in. There are probably four good Starbucks within 3 or 4 miles of my house. One of them used to be my favorite, but it is so busy and loud that I rarely go there anymore. One is located within a Barnes and Noble. The other two I probably like the same and they are less crowded. I have spilled full cups of coffee in three of the four.
What else do you have to say about Starbucks?
Well, I like the fact that most of them open early and close late. Sometimes, I like to leave my house early and go to one near work that opens at 5:30 am. I don’t get there at 5:30, but I appreciate that it is always open early. Also, I like many regulars (workers and patrons) I see at the different locations: the older gentleman and his dog, Toby, the Sunday morning paper reader, the reverend who counsels couples soon to be married, the girl whose goal is to move to NYC, the math professor who tutors students. Some drawbacks: the stores are kept very cold, they are generally very noisy and loud depending on the workers and/or patrons, also the machines are loud and beepers go off and are never turned off in a timely manner. I also notice how many of the stores need a good dusting underneath shelves and the tables need cleaning more often with something other than a wet rag. I do like the music they usually are playing.
What has been your best Starbucks experience?
My best experience was having a morning cappuccino in Paris at a Starbucks on rue Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement with a friend before striking out for the day. My second best: chilling with another friend in London near St. Paul’s on a rainy day. Location is everything.