Starbucks cheese

Check out what happens when you leave Starbucks cream out for a weekend! You get Starbucks Cheese! (picture is missing)

Well, besides the cheese I made by leaving the cream out for 3 or 4 days, I have a few things to complain about the big coffee guys. As you might know, I visit Starbucks quite frequently. I stop at whichever location is closest to me at the time when I leave a client's site or when I want to get out of the house and get some work done.

Recently they closed down one of the shops I visit the most. The store was closed for approximately 14 days for renovation. About five days after they reopened, I went back to check it out. What a disappointment, they renovated the store alright; it looks nice, new, clean, brighter and more appealing. The problem is that they removed 20-30% of the area where you could sit down and enjoy your beverage! There used to be 6 round tables, and a handicapped table, with enough chairs for each table corresponding to its size. Now there are only 3 small tables and the handicapped table.

Wouldn't Starbucks as the store owner want people to hang out in the shop? When I went in the last time, I decided to get my drink and go home since all the tables were occupied. Had I stayed in the store, I would have spent 10 - 15 dollars over 2-3 hours. Instead, I bought my drink and left. It seems that they don't want customers to hang around. This is not cool, I hope they evaluate these decisions more throughly in the future. Besides keeping their bottom line, they should also consider the customers that bring them repeated business!

4 Comments

  1. time to find another coffee shop!! 🙂

  2. I would have to agree, unfortunately or fortunately, depends on how you look at it. Starbucks gets it right most of the time and I think that’s what keeps some of us coming back despite the complains we make, and the big wigs at starbucks know this.

    And in Orange County, we’re not as lucky as you in SF where you can find independent coffee shops all over. They just aren’t very many of those around.

  3. yeah you are right, maybe you can try out some other chain coffee shops that just aren’t as big, like Tully’s or Coffee Bean.

  4. I have and sometimes I do just to change it a little bit. But this is what sucks, they are usually slow, and if I order a blended mocha for example, it is most likely going to taste very different if I get another one later that week, sometimes they taste different even between the day-shift and the afternoon crew. For the most part, you can count on your Starbucks drinks being done quickly and very very accurate to the flavor you expect from whatever drink you prefer.

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