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How Starbucks Ruined Coffee For Me

Updated on April 6, 2010


I remember as a kid my father always had coffee with his dinner when we would go out to a restaurant. While more times than not, we would go to a more casual restaurant, there were times when we went to a nicer restaurant and I remember the waiter coming to the table with the china cup and saucer pouring the mysterious and wonderfully smelling emollient into the cup from a silver pot. As I got older I would order coffee sometimes in restaurants and although sometimes it wasn’t that great, it never ceased to enchant me when I was in good restaurant and I’d see the china cup coming and smell that undeniable smell of really good coffee. Try as I might through coffee presses and Starbucks I just never get that taste that made me love coffee in the first place. Yet, I find that almost every morning I go to Starbucks and get my coffee thinking that the concoction I ask for on that day will give me that rich coffee taste I long for so much, it never happens. How Starbucks Ruined Coffee For Me – Don’t Get Me Started!

Okay, maybe Starbucks didn’t ruin coffee for me but it hasn’t helped me either. The reason I started drinking coffee in the first place was not because I needed a caffeine rush or that I needed it’s diuretic properties for my internal system, it was because I not only loved the smell of coffee but I loved the taste of it. What I’ve discovered over the years of going to Starbucks each morning is that it’s really more of a habit than it is something I need, want or tastes like I want it to. I’m a habit guy. If it were up to me I’d end up eating the same thing for each meal every day just because as a practicing control freak and a slave to my habits, it somehow gives my life order that I think I need. You would think this might translate to things like going to the gym on a regular basis but alas, such is not the case. My point is that I’ve stopped going to Starbucks everyday because I’ve realized that I don’t crave the stuff and the stuff is a big disappointment to me. Rarely have I ever had a cup of coffee from Starbucks that made me feel like those cups of coffee from a fine restaurant. Maybe it’s the waiter or his white gloves or the fact that someone is actually waiting on me and deserving of my tip but if I had to give Starbucks some advice this would be what I would tell them, better coffee, better experience.

I know some people are going to tell me that I’m crazy, that Starbucks is the best thing in the world and that we should all love them for the coffee house approach they’ve created in a zillion stores on every street corner but for me it’s just a habit that I’m going to change (even though it wasn’t part of my New Year’s resolutions which I don’t make anyway). I’ll admit that I think the Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks works on my system like an anti-depressant for reasons I can’t explain and am afraid to discover the truth about but that’s an occasion 8,000 calories I’ll put into my system as needed, not on a daily basis.

I just want coffee to be more special and sometimes it is but what I’ve discovered is that more often than not, it doesn’t reach that special quality while waiting on line in a Starbucks watching the heavy set woman in front of me order a huge whipped creamed frappawhatever for her nine year old and a pastry for breakfast. So while I’m not turning in my gold personalized Starbucks card, it will be swiped less often. How Starbucks Ruined Coffee For Me – Don’t Get Me Started!

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    • flamingoville profile image

      flamingoville 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Give me a cup of Folgers, or Mcdonalds coffee, and I'm in...starbucks can keep their bitter aftertaste. I must say they have a great concept, and maybe thats more the draw for people.

      As for your childhood memory, I do love how a certian smell and taste can take you right back to that place and time!!

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      mommemau2 7 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      I am sorry to disagree with you, I LOVE Starbucks! Find out why at

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      bladesofgrass 7 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

      I love this hub! I, like you, absolutely love the aroma and taste of great coffee. I also am not a fan of Starbucks. Personally I think their coffee tastes bitter, has no aroma to intice my palate, and is way overpriced. I think the only reason why people go there is due to convenience (since they are now All over the place) and media publicity..movies, t.v. shows, etc.

      I have done a lot of searching for great coffee and have found some great companies that deal only with arabica beans and you can order the coffee ground or in whole bean. Coffee Roasters of New Orleans has some of my favorites and when you brew great coffee...the aroma fills your entire home, beckoning you to come hither with you cup in tow :) Thanks for letting me vent LOL

    • somelikeitscott profile image

      somelikeitscott 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      Your critique is dead on. Thank you for your honesty. You know, sometimes you hit them out of the park, sometimes you get on base and sometimes you should never leave the parking lot. I'll be in my car waiting for the rest of you to finish your great writing! :)

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      Hmmmmm.... not your usual top notch level, or is it just me? :-)