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…..