Kyle Darbyson, who writes for vancouver.com, has this to say about Starbucks. I post this in fond memory of Dr. Filk, who will undoubtedly concur with every word.
Howard Schultz has built his java empire on a foundation of warm interiors, canned music and surly service from condescending and over-pierced kids. He forgot to include good coffee. With a flavour best described as “burnt mop water”, the Starbuck blend is bland, harsh, tart, sour and tepid all at once.
The generic interior was a study in corporate focus-group cool, with muted hues of brown and beige matching perfectly with the day old spills and crumbs that covered most surfaces. Mix in some James Blunt and the contstant din of coffee orders more complex than driving directions in Richmond and you’ve got one of the least enjoyable coffee drinking experiences possible.
With my apologies to those I know who actually work at Starbucks…..
Joined Crackbook yesterday around 4 o’clock and I have 17 friends already, all of whom I have met in real time BUT if you took out my coworkers I’d be friendless as a Grandview Highway squeegee kid. I’m trying to get at least one virtual facebook person (hopefully the amazing dude in Belize) by the end of the week. Collect them all. I’m counting down to the first p!ss!ng match, personally, ah one, and ah two.
Keith is here, me happy. Katie will come by to work on homework later on today. Around 4 I’m going over to L.E.’s place to hang… SO looking forward to it, she has lots of lovely family news and will be doing her one woman show in Toronto (the Joseph Workman theatre…) in September, yahoo. She’s my recovery Gurutrix.