Originally Posted by rdawson808
This revulsion of Starbucks fascinates me. If you don't like their coffee don't go there. But clearly other people do like it. You act as if they are coming into new markets and torching their competitors' shops.
I'll be.. TS and I agree 100% on this one!
My favorite Starbucks irony is their KÃ¤rtner Str., Vienna store. It is across from the opera house. And within spitting distance of the Hotel Sacher. Even ignoring quality, the gulf between the two establishments being unbridagble, Sacher wins on price, too! One can buy a real Austrian melange and a slice of Sachertorte at the hotel's coffee shop for less than a short latte and a danish at the 'Bucks!
And actually, Bob, a lot of what they're doing is
the moral equivalent of "torching their competitor's shops." Starbucks' SOP is to open a new coffee shop right next to an established local competitor. And then another, and then another, until the local guy cries uncle. Then SB will close one or two of their stores, just enough to keep the market as oversaturated as TS describes. That very nearly happened to my favorite place to buy coffee in Altanta, Aurora Coffee in Little Five Points.
Not that Starbucks doesn't do some things right. In America, they pay living wages and do what the government should do for their employees: provide healthcare. They're a leader in the fair trade coffee movement. I'd go so far as to say that if they only just learn to roast a coffee bean they'd be one of my favorite companies in the world. Kind of like that other Seattle giant, whose founder does more good in the world than any other individual but sells half-baked products I use only when I must.
When I go to the Bucks, always at someone else's request, I order a chai latte, because it's harder for them to mess up a powdered drink than one that comes from beans.