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.
So when can I get "brown-brown" at Starbucks?
"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.
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.
Hey, better to promote a book like this than a lot of things corporations do when they start losing customers.
A lot of DD's marketing hinges on portraying itself as the anti-Starbucks. No fancy-pants macchiato, just plain "coffee".
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?"
As a former employee of SBUX, I was amused by this post. You never know what that company is going to do.
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.
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!!
Yeah, "I'll have the Venti Iced brown-brown Macchiato, no whip."
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.
Dunkin Donuts' drip coffee is also, surprisingly enough (or not), of a much higher quality than what you're served at Starbucks.
Unless you drown your DD coffee in tons of sweetener and milk/cream it tastes like CRAP.
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
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?
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?
Good Grief -- that's why everyone orders a Regular Coffee. It's 2 sugars and 2 measures of milk. Classic DD.
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.
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.
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.
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