Gotta Love Starbucks

I love going to Starbucks.  I love the smell of the coffee –brewed, as well as the beans.  Most of the time, I enjoy whatever music they are currently trying to sell playing just-above-softly in the background.  I also love people-watching –the business folks meeting over coffee, the students with their laptops and a handful of books camped out for a day of lattes and school work, the loungers wasting another day away with a good cup of joe in a casual atmosphere, the busy bees seeking a short respite from their hectic day, and the in-a-hurry, get-it-to-go crowd, checking their watches and mobile phones every few seconds as they eagerly await their drinks that aren’t getting done as quickly as they’d like.  I hear a lot of people say they don’t like Starbucks coffee because it’s too strong or that it tastes burnt, but I love it.  I love a bold, strong cup of coffee.  I like to order the Espresso con Panna with extra shots of espresso, stir the whipped cream into the (now) big cup of espresso and sip it.  Yum!  I also really like that, a couple years ago, Starbucks introduced Pike Place and serves it all day, every day in all of their locations.  It is a great coffee and I don’t have to worry about what the flavor of the day is.  If it’s one I’m not a fan of, I know they have Pike Place –fantastic improvement.  And, have you ever read what’s on the cups you get at Starbucks?  Here’s (part of) what’s on the cup I got today:

*note:  The formatting here is a sad attempt to give you a slight idea of what’s on the cup.



Everything we do, you do. Buy our coffee, and good things happen.  Take Starbucks 10-year partnership with CI in making things better for farmers and the planet.  Now that includes focusing on climate change too–together with CI and farmers we can keep up to 100 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere for every acre of tropical forest we protect.  It makes a difference.

Just like you do.  Congratulations, you.



You and Starbucks.  It’s bigger than coffee.

This is part of another reason I love Starbucks.  They do what they can to be world friendly –from ethical sourcing, to using recycled paper, to being active in their communities.  By 2015, Starbucks plans to buy 100% of their coffee through ethical sourcing, have 100% of their cups be reusable or recyclable, and contribute over 1 million hours of community service per year.  Know any other “for profit” businesses that have such lofty goals?  To read more about these goals and what Starbucks does for our world, go to their Shared Planet site.

Whether you like their coffee or not, You Gotta Love Starbucks!


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