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I am a recent Boston transplant from Seattle. There are more Dunkin Donuts locations here than people. Brand loyalty does not begin to describe people's connection to this chain. It borders on Jihad.

Posted by StrangerDanger | February 27, 2007 4:37 PM

So when can I get "brown-brown" at Starbucks?

Posted by Farley | February 27, 2007 4:44 PM

"Bourgeois bohemian" pretty much sums up Starbucks... not that there is anything wrong with that… to each their own. The book sounds like it tells an important story. A book that would be lost in a bookstore “Feature” display. Bourgeois and proletariat alike would maybe look at, amongst perhaps a dozen or two. At least it has visibility of being the only book on display. But it is Starbucks, so the cynicism behind the motives is pretty much part and parcel for the course. Thanks for letting me know of its existence, it does sound like an interesting read.

Posted by PHENICS | February 27, 2007 4:47 PM

Hey Stranger -- A bit off-topic, but funny when juxtaposed to your post.

I used to be able to pick up The Stranger at the 5th and Pine Starbucks forever until I was told that they were no longer carrying free papers any more. I'm not really a Weekly fan, but and them and you have been missing from their customary spots in the front window there for a month now. Cookie cutter? Corporate? Edgy? Pshaw.

Are you going to guess? Yes, I actually am one of those people who drop my dollars where I can get my free rag on Wednesdays.

Ladro at 8th & Pine. They're local, too.

Posted by Jarvis Ladro | February 27, 2007 4:53 PM

Hey, better to promote a book like this than a lot of things corporations do when they start losing customers.

Posted by gfish | February 27, 2007 4:59 PM

A lot of DD's marketing hinges on portraying itself as the anti-Starbucks. No fancy-pants macchiato, just plain "coffee".

Posted by laterite | February 27, 2007 5:46 PM

Yeah, DD's commercials are awesome. They Might Be Giants songs are the soundtrack, and John Goodman does the voiceovers.

My favorite is the one that directly takes a shot at starbux: "i don't understand these words, is it french or is it italian? perhaps fritalian?"

Posted by Some Jerk | February 27, 2007 6:38 PM

As a former employee of SBUX, I was amused by this post. You never know what that company is going to do.

Posted by Jamey | February 27, 2007 6:51 PM

I think it's lame you can't pick up a local free paper at Starbucks. That's exactly the reason people think they have nothing to do with their community cause the don't. I want me some "Eat the State" and "Stranger" too.

Posted by lisa R. | February 27, 2007 6:58 PM

I grew up on the east coast, and I miss Dunkin Donuts terribly out here. There used to be a DD downtown on 3rd when I moved here, but no more. Yay for Dunkin' Donuts!!

Posted by genevieve | February 27, 2007 7:16 PM

Yeah, "I'll have the Venti Iced brown-brown Macchiato, no whip."

Posted by Joan Rivers | February 27, 2007 7:18 PM

The only reason people like DD coffee so much is that they're downing it with a half-dozen doughnuts. It's a silly comparison anyway, since drip coffee is a minor part of SB business nowadays.

Posted by mrobvious | February 27, 2007 8:26 PM

Dunkin Donuts' drip coffee is also, surprisingly enough (or not), of a much higher quality than what you're served at Starbucks.

Posted by Coffee Snob | February 27, 2007 8:34 PM

Unless you drown your DD coffee in tons of sweetener and milk/cream it tastes like CRAP.

Posted by GoodGrief | February 27, 2007 9:27 PM

ah, the coffee wars - I like it cold and three days old - from the pot where brewed

nice strong taste - back to the basic coffee thing - saves energy ( hey all you Stranger greenies, beat that) and at my office it is all mine, no sharing

start with the cheapest thing on sale at the cheap of cheaps, Grocery Outlet

this is not a joke, go ahead and puke

love it - gets me perky and ready to eat my gruel for lunch

Posted by eric | February 28, 2007 12:19 AM

forgot - that bluish redish shinnyish sheen is an added bonus when unbroken while pouring

and I reuse grounds many times - just adding some new - you learn how much and when to start over with brewing experience

how do I frqanchise?

Posted by eric | February 28, 2007 12:25 AM

Sir GoodyGrief....."and it tastes like CRAP"

have heard this all my life, now here at Slog, please, oh please, all adults - what does CRAP taste like?

And is it registered with the Bureau of Measures and Standards?

Posted by bob | February 28, 2007 12:36 AM

Good Grief -- that's why everyone orders a Regular Coffee. It's 2 sugars and 2 measures of milk. Classic DD.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | February 28, 2007 8:59 AM

We could use some Tim Hortons around here. Are there any?

Most of the time the only starbux coffee that I get are the free bags that are sometimes handed out or friends give me. Otherwise I buy whats pretty much the cheapest and brew like eric does.

Posted by Simon | February 28, 2007 9:09 AM

I try to use half-decent coffee -- no better, no worse -- and brew it fairly weak, and drink a ton of it. I'm not averse to the cold three-day stuff either. Every time I go to a Starbucks I can't taste the coffee flavor, and I get the stupid jitters.

That's with drip; anyone who drinks espresso any other way than straight up (after 10 AM at least) deserves to be sent to a labor camp.

But I don't understand the premise of this post, which seems to be that the corporate soullessness of Starbucks is an acceptable reason to blow off a serious attempt to get people to read an important book.

Posted by Fnarf | February 28, 2007 9:34 AM

i don't care if they attach a $100 bill to the inside of the book. There is no way I'm going to be book shopping at Starbucks.

Posted by Erika | February 28, 2007 11:01 AM

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