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Old 09-30-2010, 01:30 PM   #21
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Or roast your own beans and brew your own at home. I get most of my coffee intake from my own home roasted beans.
If I have to stop at a Starbucks then its a Quadshot on Ice in the Large cup with extra ice. If they made the espresso correctly then it shouldn't be too bitter but it probably will be.
That's what I do. Bought one of those little roasters from williams brewing - money well spent. Green coffee is about half the price of roasted so the machine will pay for itself after 5-6 lb of coffee. It's kind of interesting to vary the darkness of the roast and see how it affects flavor. I initially roasted very dark because I like bold coffee. Turns out I was cooking off a lot of flavor, not intensifying it. When I backed off on the roast, the flavors really came alive.

I may hit a Starbucks when I'm on the road and want a decent cup of coffee (Bold) but I really don't like those coffee-candy desert drinks.

 
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:33 PM   #22
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If you insist on continuing to go to Starbucks for this coffee drink, I have to ask; don't they recognize you & remember your regular order? If so, just tell them you have a new manly nickname for your drink; call it the "The Rock" or something.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #23
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That's what I do. Bought one of those little roasters from williams brewing - money well spent. Green coffee is about half the price of roasted so the machine will pay for itself after 5-6 lb of coffee. It's kind of interesting to vary the darkness of the roast and see how it affects flavor. I initially roasted very dark because I like bold coffee. Turns out I was cooking off a lot of flavor, not intensifying it. When I backed off on the roast, the flavors really came alive.

I may hit a Starbucks when I'm on the road and want a decent cup of coffee (Bold) but I really don't like those coffee-candy desert drinks.
My first roaster was a $7 Poppery Popcorn popper, then that died, then I bought a $18 Target Brand Popper that isn't quite ideal but works, and I've also got a small $5 thrift store popper as a backup as well. If anyone wants to start roasting its really just as easy as buying some green beans, and going to a thrift store for a popper.

 
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:43 PM   #24
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Dunkin' Donuts, FTW. Great coffee, no attitude.
Easy big fella. It's decent run of the mill coffee. But it is lacking a lot of flavor.

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Wondering if I'm the only person in this country who has never even stepped foot into a Starbucks ?
Yes. Congratulations. You are a better man for it.

I used to be a Starbucks junkie in the late 90s before there were three on every corner. For the past ten years or so, we have been brewing our own at home and have never looked back. We go to a local roaster, Willoughby's and have been using the same type of beans for about five years, and they have been reliable in flavor.

I'll occasionally go to Starbucks if we're out and I want some coffee, but I stick with either a hot or iced coffee or go with a Red Eye (coffee with a shot of espresso (or is it two - one of them is a red eye, the other is a black eye)).
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:09 PM   #25
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You know, they're owned by Starbucks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle's_Best_Coffee

They just took over for the Burger King's Coffee in NJ.
Don't really care who owns them, they call it a large and I'm good with that.

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Last time I went to I ordered a large 3 times while the counter girl tried to correct me...Venti my aaaassss !
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They try that with me, too. The conversation usually goes something like this:

I'd like a large (insert coffee of choice here)
Don't you mean a Venti?
Venti? Is that a large?
Yes.
Then I'd like a large.

I usually get a dirty look, but they get me my damn coffee.

And no tip.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:27 PM   #26
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If they want to call the large Venti (20 in Italian), why don't they be consistent and call the others by the size? Morons.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:34 PM   #27
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I take pride in the that I've never been in a Starbucks nor comsumed any of their over priced stuff...

 
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:45 AM   #28
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"I would like a medium coffee."
"One Grande coffee"
"No, no, I would like a medium"
"But....."
They usually give up and I smile.
Here's a little cartoon that runs along those lines (sorta):
Regards, GF.

 
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:59 AM   #29
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Large, hot, strong and black. That's all.

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... not that there's anything wrong with that.

Methinks the Op protests too much. Anyone who feels their masculinity is threatened by ordering a "Venti" coffee, I mean, I'm just playing armchair psychologist but methinks you've got some insecurities to work out.

With that said, **** Starbucks. The only time I've ever bought coffee at SBUX is on the Thruway when it's literally the only choice at some rest stops. The pretentiousness annoys me, but it doesn't make me feel less of a man.

EDIT: Wait, you're ordering a "Carmel Frappicino with carmel drizzle in the cup with no whip"? Maybe you really ARE a little fem bitch at heart.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:18 PM   #30
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I like my coffee like I like my women: Hot, Black, and just enough sweet to take the bitter edge off.

But... come to think of it... with a little whipped cream and a caramel drizzle doesn't sound all that bad either.

 
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