I hesitate to post this in the food and drink section.
Why are they so popular? It's only coffee ffs.
There are loads of nice little caffs in Leamington where OAPs can have a rest after hunting for bargains in Aldi, mums with toddlers can bring their kids in out of the cold and rain, and busy young execs can have a latte and croissant breakfast while firing out emails on their i-phones.
What i want in a caff is for it to
be a bit different
have somewhat eccentric staff
have nice cakes
allow customers to hang around a bit.
Starbucks meets all bar five of these criteria
I quite like their Lattes, although I'm prepared to accept that it isn't particularly great coffee.
* Oh, and I always stick 'em on expenses.
I'm with brother Fart on this one. Cannot abide the place along with that other costa packet outfit. Everything i hate about corporate sanitised soul sucking penny pinching fad felching sycophancy is there in boat loads. Unfortunately on occasions when places like he mentions aren't available like in service stations ive used em so i guess im a bit of a hypocrite but they are utter abominations. Tragically like Mac Ds they wouldn't be around if lots of people didn't love em so they must be doing something right. That or people are fecking idiots *includes me*
Leeds city centre lacks a choice of value for money places to eat on a dinnertime. I don't know if its high rents that scared a lot away but the choice is limited to the chains like Starbucks etc. I probably only go in them because they and the beautifully wood panelled second floor reading room at Leeds City Library are the only places I can sit in and have an hour with a book. I tend to buy a sarnie from M&S and then go and have a coffee because the food in Starbucks is TFD.
There is a proper Italian coffee bar inside The Light thats a million times better than the milky crap they sell in Starbucks, it's cheaper too.
Haven't been for a good few months but the cafe in Waterstones was always good
Ermm...that's a Costas isn't it?
Is it ????
I suppose that i ought to have added that i don't actually drink coffee.
Used to work for General Foods who made the muck that Grind refers to. They are owned by Kraft now I think. Put me off for life.
The whole of Banbury still gets covered in a smog of coffee fumes if the atmospheric conditions are right.
I have some Starbucks k-cups for the magic Keurig coffee machine here at home and have trained one of the border collies to make authentic wooshing sounds while the other retunes the radio station to Lana Del Rey whilst my back is turned.
Mrs Grind usually then comments on how much the frickin' k-cups cost and adds something along the lines of, "Why aren't you working on anything useful, you lazy over-caffeinated fucktard?"