Seattle-based coffee chain lures caffeine addicts with upscale roasts, caramel frappuccinos, shaken iced teas and an extra shot of trendiness..
For many, getting their daily jolt of java has become a daily morning ritual, and the cardboard cup with its infamous green label is the close companion of every coffee aficionado. Busy baristas work seamlessly behind the bar, juggling orders for their strongly-brewed drips and signature hot and cool beverages. While providing a wide selection of coffee specialties, pastries and various coffee related goods, patrons are invited to settle down in comfy armchairs and enjoy their favorite brews amid the chatter of the laidback yet caffeinated crowd.
I have fallen to the "dark" side..... I admit it. I'm a Starbucks "Regular." I used to swear up and down that Starbucks was just some crappy fast-food corporate-run coffee flinging nuisance that ran all local coffee companies out of business. But - I was so naive, and quick only to say that only because it was "cool." But they have *excellent* barista service, and their espresso drinks are always consistent. And sooooo good, too! They'll customize without complaint. I love Starbucks now. So there. I've said it. I'm free to enjoy my latte and feel good about it because I know the coffee that they brew comes from coffee farmers that are paid accordingly and is brewed by people who care about their jobs. I know the workers are happy there as well, because they just SEEM like it. They aren't grumpy - even if it's 6:30AM. I love Starbucks 9th and 9th!!!
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