Why Starbucks Is Bad – The 3 Reasons You Need To Stop Going

September 25, 2017
a starbucks in the wild!

Have you ever been chatting away with a bunch of friends when someone would say something like,

“Yea but Starbucks sucks, anyway.”

To which the whole group would nod in agreement. I’ve been there plenty of times…

But the thing is, no-one would ever explain why. It was just assumed that a coffee chain that had over ten million customers every day was actually kinda crappy. So why is Starbucks bad?

Well, the answer is a combination of the taste of its coffee which is generally over-roasted, bitter and stale, but also its corporate practices pushing out the little guy and the way they have shaped coffee shops and their influence.

Oh and by the way, they make one major error in all their coffee. It saves them loads of money in convenience but is an absolute landmine when making coffee that you should know about for your own home coffee making or even just selecting a good coffee shop.

It ain’t all bad though.

In the interests of fairness I’ll talk about a few of the good things Starbuck’s has done, including the reason why I still even sometimes go there (even if I feel a little guilty haha).

Reason 1: Taste

The major issue with Starbucks is that the coffee tastes bad. The processes used are seen as clearly inferior to anyone who knows the first thing about coffee. Or anyone who has tried a straight espresso from one of their branches.

But at the same time it is an incredibly successful franchise. So, what’s the deal with that?

Well, to summarize, Starbucks prioritizes a big hit of caffeine over the taste of the coffee. They use stale coffee beans that are burnt to a crisp and hide it all with a dazzling selection of drinks that are loaded with sugar, cream and other sweet and high-calorie embellishments.

The thing is… when people crave a tasty, sweet, big hit of caffeine and they know what they’re getting from any of the thousands of stores across the country then you have a recipe for success.

Can you blame them?

And if you’re interested in a professional’s opinion then check out the 30 seconds of this video.

The way I see it, the poor standard of their actual coffee is overlooked because people don’t have a great understanding of what good coffee tastes like. Let’s look at why.

The Coffee Beans They Use Are Stale

Here’s the biggest problem with the taste of Starbucks coffee: it’s all stale. In other words, they are using beans that have been roasted ages ago.

It’s difficult to find much actual evidence for how fresh Starbucks coffee is because they don’t give any information on it – a bad sign in itself.

For reference, coffee goes stale pretty fast. After the roast, you want to be drinking your coffee beans within 30 days and ideally less than 15 or you will notice a serious drop in quality.

I’ve known baristas at great coffee shops that only brew beans that are between a specific post-roast window of a few days. Any online or local roaster worth his salt will have the roasting date on the bag of coffee beans so you know its fresh.

I’m always telling people that it’s not even difficult to make better coffee at home than the coffee you get at Starbucks and other big name coffee places.

If you like the idea of making delicious coffee each morning for a fraction of the price of buying it out somewhere, then you’re in the right place.

You just have to realize there’s one thing you’ve got to take care of, the issue is that no-one outside of enthusiast coffee circles ever talks about it.

So much so I decided to write an in-depth article explaining all about it, click here to read it.

Seriously, if you only ever read one thing about coffee brewing, make it that.

coffee beans being sold in a starbuck'sThey look pretty, but how fresh are they?

Let’s look at the evidence we can find then. The first point is that there is no roasting date on the coffee beans they sell. This comes in useful when your priority is the mass production, commoditization, and selling of coffee beans. Not the taste.

Not giving a roast date means you can sell coffee beans without any time pressures. The logistics become easier and you don’t lose money when you have to throw out batches of old beans.

Here’s an online thread with a few people who give some insight.

To save you a click, one guy was looking for fresh beans and had no other option so gave his local SB’s a call. They told him:

“the freshest beans they have are just over a month old”
“She said they get their deliveries but nothing is ever that fresh”

And from someone else:

“I used to work there and never saw anything come in fresher than 2 months.”

And probably the biggest piece of evidence is the taste of a Starbucks espresso. Try one with nothing else in it. It just doesn’t taste fresh.

Do you know anyone who orders straight espresso when they go to SB’s? No, me neither.

They Over-Roast Their Coffee Beans

Starbucks tends to use a dark roast with their coffee beans. Roasting is the process of turning the green beans you get from the Coffea plant into the brown coffee beans that are suitable for brewing.

The longer you cook ’em, the darker they get.

Dark roasting coffee produces a taste that in some ways is appealing. It’s burnt, charred, smoky. A taste many have come to associate with coffee.

The problem is that this process of cooking the beans to within an inch of their life destroys the rich tapestry of floral, fruity and earthy flavors that are inherent to each coffee bean.

No-one has walked away from a Starbucks commenting on the wonderful floral and blueberry notes in their Latte but that’s what coffee is supposed to taste like.

Lightly roasted coffee is a trip down the rabbit hole in terms of spicy, fruity, nutty and flowery notes that light up your senses and enrich your taste buds.

Dark roasted coffee removes the major regional and seasonal differences between coffee beans and leaves your coffee all tasting the same.

Why do they do this? Well, it’s very easy to scale. It’s simple to create a uniform taste by roasting the heck out of your coffee beans. It’s consistent, reliable and cheap.

This over-roasting of the beans is the reason why in some circles, the charred texture of their coffee has given them the moniker Charbucks.

The Over-Reliance On Sugar, Milk And Cream

So if the coffee beans that are used are stale and burnt, why do people still go there? It’s because the focus is on selling sugary coffee-flavored treats rather than high-quality coffee.

People don’t walk out of Starbucks with americanos, espressos and ristrettos.

They walk out with lattes, frappuccinos, and mochas. They even invented a drink loaded with caramel and milk and stole the name from an Italian favorite. Yes, the macchiato is actually something completely different in Italy!

Such is the depths to which they have sunk, these days Starbucks is more known for atrocities like the ones on the right here.

Annoyingly successful atrocities, I might add.

I must mention a personal anecdote here. I’m a huge fan of iced coffee. A black cold brew or a pour over poured into a glass full of ice and guzzled down on a summer’s day is one of my all-time favorite small-things-that-make-you-happy.

I once wanted to get the experience at a Starbucks. I was in a foreign country and there was nowhere else nearby. Sorry.

So I ordered an iced Americano with no milk. That’s a decent bet, right? Wrong! I have never had a more obnoxiously bitter coffee in my whole life.

It was awful…

I thought about taking it back until I realized that I got exactly what I asked for and exactly what I deserved. I drank it down anyway just for the caffeine, almost retching at every sip. A good lesson, in any case.

There’s only one thing I’ll order these days, I mentioned above I think, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Reason 2: The Corporation

Starbucks has over 11,000 stores across the US, many more across the world and as you’d expect they do an absolute boatload of business. Starbucks moves in, local stores get put out of business.

It’s the same story with any corporation that has a huge amount of success. That success translates to impact on local businesses and communities.

It’s turned every high street up and down the country into a terminal procession of stores of the same 5-10 mega-corporations.

A counterargument – and a pretty good one, I think – is that the existence of one mega-brand that dominated the espresso coffee landscape forced small business owners and entrepreneurs to innovate and carve out a niche where they could thrive.

That niche became the ethically sourced, artisanal approach to coffee that resulted in the Third Wave of coffee and a lot of great cafes and roasters springing up and being able to compete.

I bet there’s even a really good coffee roaster near you!

And this section is much more subjective. Is it really wrong to criticize success?

My personal view is that you can’t be too upset about there being one or three big companies that have thousands of coffee stores across the country.

If it wasn’t this one some other would fill the gap. It’s just a shame that a lot of good, local coffee houses and roasters closed their doors as a result of not being able to compete with the bulk buying, bulk processing and convenience and ubiquity of the Starbucks that moved in down the road.

starbuck's in china set in a temple Classy stylistic choice or tasteless decoration?

Reason 3: It Has Changed What Is Expected About Coffee

Such is the ubiquity of the company, Starbucks has played a big role in changing what is expected of coffee. Here are a couple of the more pernicious examples.

Downplaying The Skill Of The Barista

Making nice espresso is tough. The high-heat and high-pressure conditions that the very finely ground coffee is subjected to leaves no room for error.

As such, the making of espresso became something of an art. The lattes and cappuccinos the canvas, the barista the artist.

Starbucks introduced and now use superautomatic espresso machines. Huge beasts with six group heads capable of delivering hundreds of shots every hour.

These superautomatics reduce the barista’s role from tamping, adjusting, tasting, checking, dialing the espresso in and whatever else to simply pressing a button. Any issues with the quality of espresso are masked with the mountains of milk and sugar applied by the milkshake maker.

Sorry, Starbucks barista!

Prioritizing Caffeine Over Taste

Walk into any SB’s and you know you can get a whopping 20oz monster filled with caffeine, sugar, milk and all that good stuff. It’ll have a nice coffee flavor and enough caffeine to make even the most miserable of cubicle monkeys awake and alert for a meeting or two.

And to be honest, that’s enough for a lot of people. But it’s not good coffee and given their success it misrepresents what coffee is and how good it can be.

When people ask for coffee they’ll more likely say they like it strong rather than tasty, big rather than bright, perky instead of dripping with gorgeous notes of lemon and a delicate acidity that just shines on the tongue.

Bigger and more caffeinated is considered good coffee, it seems.

Go to Italy and cappuccinos don’t have a size. This idea of Tall, Grande, Venti (1,2,3 shots of espresso or 2,3,4 shots in an americano) – is totally artificial.

It doesn’t matter because Starbucks coffee is simply a vehicle for a lightning bolt of caffeine that lessens the Tuesday morning hangover.

(Nothing wrong with being hungover on a Tuesday, of course.)

Great espresso doesn’t taste bitter. It doesn’t taste bad. It doesn’t need gallons of sugar and milk to make it taste nice. And I don’t think a lot of people realize this.

Wrecking The Image Of Italian Coffee

Starbucks was one of the key instruments in popularizing espresso and Italian-style coffee in the US. But along the way, it misrepresented a few things.

1. Caffe Macchiato. Possibly the most egregious example is its invention of the macchiato. An Italian macchiato is an espresso shot with a drop of milk to soften the taste.

It’s a lovely, delicate tasting drink. Starbucks macchiato is little more than a caramel milkshake.

an Italian macchiato This is what a macchiato should look like.

2. Espresso tastes bad. This is probably the third time I’ve mentioned this but I’ll say it again.

Espresso can and should taste great.

Strong, yes, but not bitter and not roasted to a crisp. Unfortunately, that’s what people seem to expect from espresso these days.

So Why Is Starbucks So Popular?

In many ways, Starbucks is a product of its time. It’s hard to imagine a similar company making such a splash in 2018. It began in the 70s as one of the first few chains to offer exotic Italian coffee in an economy that was booming.

People loved the idea of getting custom-made coffee in all these different styles rather than the brown sludge they were used to from the diner down the road.

It grew and grew and as it became larger it chanced upon on another benefit: convenience combined with ubiquity. Starbucks is everywhere.

Anywhere in the US you’re never farther than a few miles from one and even abroad it’s hard to not run into them in any busy urban area.

It’s the same with McDonald’s or with Subway. You want an easy burger, sandwich or coffee then you know where to go.

You can rely on seeing the green mermaid sign to guide you into a place with ambient music, nice seating, wifi, snacks and the same coffee you can get everywhere else.

Who among us hasn’t been feeling weary on a trip and gone for the easy SB’s rather than the risk of a local coffee shop?

It is not popular without cause, and to stress the point a little more I’m going to take a few seconds to defend the company and show the other side of the argument… Only fair given how long I’ve spent writing about why Starbucks sucks!

Why Starbucks Is Good

1. A lot of people like it, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I mean, it is the most popular coffee chain in the world. They must be doing something right. Lots of people are happy with their sugary, milky morning treat so live and let live, as someone famous once said. I think.

2. A lot of people prefer more caffeine rather than better taste

One of my frustrations with some third wave coffee houses is their insistence on taste over size – the complete opposite!

I appreciate a high-quality espresso as much as anyone else but it gets a bit frustrating having to order espresso after espresso in order to feel any kind of caffeine buzz!

Go to SB’s? One 20oz bucket of turbo-charged dark roast will do the trick!

3. You know what you’re getting

Starbucks offers the same coffee at thousands of easy-to-find places across the globe. It’s super convenient and is an easy place to go and know what you’re getting.

That’s one of its greatest strengths and I wager is also the reason why many coffee making heavyweights still probably sneak an SB’s on occasion when no-one is looking and they just can’t be bothered to do anything than sip on a sugar-filled frappe.

Hell, even in your hometown it’s nice to just pick up a massive cappuccino and get on with your day.

4. They have made great strides in ethical sourcing

As far as corporations of its size go, Starbucks is pretty ethical. It’s done a lot of work in the ethical sourcing of coffee beans and when you consider the impact a company of its size will have, that’s commendable.

The truth is, a lot of farmers are getting a lot more money for their produce because of them.

5. It’s way better than folgers et al

So I’m looking at things from the point of view of someone who has cared a lot (probably too much) about the quality of their coffee for a number of years.

For your average mum who only has the time to chuck some Folger’s in a cup at home, Starbucks will seem pretty damn good.

It’s freshly brewed, tastes decent and is a damn sight better than what most people drink.

UPDATED APRIL 2: 6. Their Nitro Cold Brew coffee is pretty damn good

I only just tried this so I’m adding this into the article late but… I went and had this recently. Nitro Cold Brew is cold brew coffee – which is fantastic anyway – that has been infused with nitrogen just like Guinness is.

This gives it a smooth taste that is low in bitterness due to some chemical stuff I don’t understand. It’s actually the nicest thing ever and is the cause of many a guilty trip to Starbuck’s.

Check out my article on it here including about 50 sneaky pictures of it, it’s quite a gorgeous looking drink.

I am also seeing a lot of other independent coffee places begin to offer nitro now too.

At the end of the day, McDonald’s is criticized and ridiculed as mediocre food that’s unhealthy and unappetizing, but millions of us still eat there every day.

It fills a niche of cheap burgers that taste pretty decent. SB’s fills the same niche in the coffee world.

Walk into a Starbucks and you won’t get mindblowing coffee, that’s for sure. But that’s ok.

Especially because there are some really, really, really helpful websites out there that can fill that gap. 🙂

a starbuck's frappuccino If it makes you happy, then you do you.

– If there’s no other reason to hate it, then the use of tall, grande and venti to mean small, medium and large is a good one.

– Apparently, Starbucks had a much better reputation for good coffee 25+ years ago when the company trained their baristas well and used manual espresso machines. I’m sad to say I never experienced it. Such is life…

– You’ve probably tasted an Americano and a Latte, but of the 16 main espresso drinks most people have not even tried 10 of them! Take a look at my Ultimate Guide To Espresso Drinks here and get your score!


  • Reply Alix December 26, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Starbucks works with farms across the coffee belt, with people on the ground travelling to specific regions and trying and selecting only the best Arabica beans from the select farms they deem worthy of selling. Their variety of coffees cover a variety of coffee tasting notes, especially when you go to their reserve stores. The timeline from processing to store usage is problematic, you’re correct there, but that is a problem that comes with being such a large corporation; regardless it’s a little ridiculous to dismiss an entire companies passion for coffee due to that. As a barista at the company I can in fact tell you that a large portion of my drinks over all, and a majority of my bar drinks, are in facts espresso shots, macchiatos*, and americanos. Our espresso roast does have a very burnt note, you’re correct, but that is due to a preference of Howard’s in coffee flavour, not an issue with the roasting itself. It’s (sadly) a purposeful flavour.

    *let’s also address the absolute untruth that is your comment on Starbucks Macchiatos- the drink you’re referencing is the caramel macchiato which is a distinctly separate drink (hence its separate name!), they do indeed sell macchiatos as espresso shots with a soft dollop of milk foam.

    • Reply Ivan November 28, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      Starbucks is a religion.. I am a believer.

      • Reply Andy Whitcombe November 25, 2021 at 12:52 am

        You need counselling Ivan.

      • Reply Sibbatta1943 January 24, 2022 at 12:09 am

        LOL, Sad for you, innocent creature, maybe one day you´ll taste REAL coffee…

    • Reply Peter Romersa March 21, 2021 at 12:29 pm

      I got a Starbucks giftcard, and I have to “register” it to.use it. This is just more hoops to jump through to to use a #$%^ Starbucks gift card, giving your email address and other information. I won’t “look a gift horse in the mouth,” but this is too much trouble with all this stuff. I guess the corporation does not think its 💩 does not 👃.

    • Reply Pierre Louw October 28, 2022 at 7:43 am

      I’ve just thrown away the bag of Ethiopian coffee beans, purchased from Statbucks, totally messed up by Starbucks, due to over roasting. Last time visiting SB for coffee! I buy my favourite Ethiopian, Guji or Koke beans, medium roasted and enjoy 100 times better coffee than SB can ever offer!

  • Reply john fiore January 28, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Starbucks is absolute crap and is a testament to mass idiocy of the world.

    • Reply Ciccioman March 27, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Fuckin’ AMEN, BRO!

    • Reply Paul November 9, 2022 at 1:58 am

      When you drink REAL coffee made with an Italian machine (properly maintained & cleaned) and THEN you try a StarMuck coffee, the SB coffee is like you’ve had a mouthful of dirty sump oil. It’s disgusting, to say the least. But, when you are used to sump oil and don’t know better, I guess it’s “sublime”. I don’t think Americans really know what coffee SHOULD taste like. I agree with the author – it’s the caffeine hit they want. Their taste buds have become SO desensitized from all that sheit they eat anyway, they would know a good coffee it it slapped them in the face.

  • Reply Emma Coppen March 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    It was really interesting reading this article, and I love that you genuinely know what you’re talking about when it comes to evaluating the quality of the coffee being served there. In all honesty, I haven’t had a drink from there for a while, but I did used to go quite a lot when I was younger for Frappuccinos and pumpkin-spiced lattes. As I’ve got older I’ve wanted to avoid it more and more, with no proper reason, I just don’t like the idea of handing my money over to a soulless, dominating corporation, instead of a smaller chain or independent coffee house where the money spent has more value. I have nothing massively against Starbucks, and it’s great to see that they’re sourcing their coffee beans ethically (as someone told me this wasn’t the case), but ironically it does feel like you’re trying to buy into an ‘elite’ lifestyle every time you go there, despite the fact such massive amounts of people are doing just the same thing.

    • Reply AlexP December 29, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Try filter coffee from Starbucks compared to local coffee shops, some local coffee shops won’t even serve it and if they do you’ll be hard pressed to find a better tasting one than Pike Place. The types of drinks you’re talking about are espresso based cakes more than real brewed coffee. The “nerd” who wrote this article claims to be a coffee expert but seems to only know about espresso which isn’t even comparable to the quality of drip coffee. Hell even a French press makes better coffee than an espresso machine and it’s so simple. The only two things he’s right about is that the espresso does taste pretty mediocre at Starbucks- and the beans sold and used were probably roasted a few weeks ago. However Starbucks Reserve is speciality coffee- and if you go to an actual Starbucks Reserve they’ll roast the beans there and then!

  • Reply Private July 8, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Starbucks has absolutely no support for local causes. They will not post anywhere signs about local non- profit events (ie the local highschool car wash fundraiser, or play).
    When I explained that we were nonprofit, a barrister at the Greenwich CT store yelled at me to
    to “get lost “.
    Second, the CEO announced an independent run for the White House, not acknowledging that every one of the votes cast for him is a vote for Trump.
    I will never go to Starbucks… Dunkin coffee is much better

    • Reply mew September 3, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      I think that might be an issue with whoever ran that store, you should probably report them. I know ALL my local Starbucks have community boards where you can put your flyers for local stuff like what you described, and I have seen a lot of stuff posted.

  • Reply Kimberli July 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Well, I started my adventure with Starbucks at 18. I’m 53 and can honestly say I haven’t been back in probably 5+ years. The only time I drink it now is on my Alaskan Airlines flights. I remember being able to drink it black, no problem. Over time I was dumping more and more cream in my cup to get it down no matter how fresh it was brewed. I eventually figured out to order a grande in a venti cup because that’s how much extra room I needed for cream. The bitter taste over time became worse and quite frankly who needs high cholesterol. Our neighborhood coffe shop has the BEST coffee! Hope they make it.

  • Reply Richard Ramos July 12, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I like what you are saying. A lot. One thing to mention is on the cold brew thing. They have zero clue on cold brew. If cold brew is applied correctly you gain a flavor unknown to most. The fat from the bean is released giving a rich velvet texture. Oh and it’s not a toy! My two cents.

  • Reply Linda Rokjer July 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t get the part about caffeine. For medical reasons I cannot drink caffeinated drinks and yet, I’ve had no problem ordering decaf drinks in Starbucks as opposed to a certain donut company which only offers decaf in plain coffee.

  • Reply CupofJoe July 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I find the taste of Starbucks has declined in the last year, I used to go 3 times a day, I like a smooth tasting dark roast strong. Like the old French Roadt ground to a Turkish grind that I can still make at home but the stores no longer make. The coffee in the stores is watered down nasty tasting bitter swill, a taste so nasty that even diluting in an ounce of half and half cant cover. I was a gold card member and have been going daily since 2001 when they opened in my area. The coffee used to taste good. This is not the same product. So if Starbucks wonders why sales have dropped and patronage declined, it is because there coffee tastes like $#!+ today and when I want to stop I remember how nasty the coffee tastes there any more. It’s really simple. They need to fire the moron who decided to drop quality for corporate profits. It’s like everything else in this country, drop quality and raise prices. It feels like somewhere I crossed into a parallel reality where everything is a little $#!+tier. Everything from politics to coffee. It I’d all going to hell in a hand basket. So maybe the decline of America all comes down to the basics and start of the day, we can’t get a good cup of coffee, so everything that is going bad can be blamed on Starbucks and corporate greed. Ok maybe that is a stretch, I get grumpy without a good cup of coffee. 🍮🤨

    • Reply Sarah Connor September 19, 2020 at 1:10 am

      Try McDonald’s fresh brewed. It is excellent. Smooth and wonderful flavor. $1.10 for a senior coffee. So much flavor. My favorite.

      • Reply Miketo Millo December 23, 2021 at 11:51 pm

        So true!

    • Reply Andy Whitcombe November 25, 2021 at 1:04 am

      Sorry Alex. Most of the starbucks outlets don’t employ professional barrister’s. They are kids on minimum wage. Consequently you get get something that tastes sour and overbrewed. It’s also a little bit expensive. They don’t care!
      Try the outlet at Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, South Wales. Not exactly welcoming, dirty, scruffy (staff and premises).
      Good luck. I would like to have good coffee at a good price. Your competitors are a bit better at quality ( not Costa).
      I’m charging you 5p for this, oops forgot to tell you first. 🤑

  • Reply Daveo September 28, 2019 at 12:22 am

    The pike (medium) roast is good. Way better than the over roasted regular. I go to my fave Starbucks on my way to work at 530 am every day when theres a fresh batch and I’ve been quite happy.

    I also like sitting in comfy chairs for an hour with some green tea.

    Another thing, most coffee served anywhere in the states is just plain awful. Way way worse than Starbucks. Even in the shops that think they know what they’re doing.

    And while I’m at it – bring your own damn mug in. I can’t stand the disposable cups lying around the sidewalks, roadsides, etc.

  • Reply Cai December 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I just quit after working for five years. I was hired because of my passion for COFFEE, not latte BS. They would never give me the training I needed to become a “coffee master”, telling me constant conflicting stories why i wasn’t getting my training. Now they no longer have the program. If you want to drink coffee to enjoy and not just for a caffeine fix, visit your local roaster or mom and pop shop. Starbucks is no longer about the coffee, it’s just a glorified, overpriced fast food and drink joint.

  • Reply anongirl123 January 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    There specialty holiday drinks have around 75 g of sugar (4 days worth) in one venti. People are really clueless about how unhealthy these drinks really are and they are destroying their health. I am watching a friend do it even though I have warned her. Now I just sit back and watch her get her sugar fix.

  • Reply Donna Rudins January 31, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Somebody has to pay for that 130 million dollar coffee pavillion/roastery (think silicon valley ) investment in CHINA, Jan. 2020, that wonderful communist country that gave us our current pandemic! Thanks Starbucks for investing in communism instead of America!

  • Reply Cheryl Trojanowski March 17, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I had a Espresso Whip w/choc almond milk. Never being told it had 3 shots of espresso in it. I sipped it, so bitter, drank more and my heart started to speed up, got sweaty and felt a huge rush. Not GOOD. I went back and had them add more milk. It should B stated on ad that it has 3 shots. I would NOT have ordered it. C’mon give a girl some info. DISAPPOINTED

  • Reply Rob Weston November 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    My first experience with Starbucks coffee was at a job I had in 2009. One of the perks was free Starbucks… I was sadly disappointed. For me, the coffee tasted exactly like a wet cigarette ash tray. Fast forward about 10 years, and another job I’m at has free Starbucks. I try it again… nothing changed! Same burnt cigarette ash tray. Ever since then, I started visiting the smaller roasteries and getting some of the best tasting coffee (even the dark roast coffees are substantially better than Starbucks).

  • Reply Marie November 27, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Currently working at Starbucks myself. I’ve had a wide range of third wave coffee, tasting the very beautiful fruity rich notes that I honestly crave. For anyone who has only had crappy coffee, they simply wouldn’t understand until they had tried high quality craft coffee. I remember during my interview and intro into Starbucks and they they tried describing the different tastes and smells. I just can’t. After giving my pallet a journey to GOOD coffee, it’s not the same. Yes it’s fun having the sugar and the what not. I enjoy being in the environment, speeding to make drinks the right way etc. but I would never boast about their taste. They still hold a place in my heart because of You’ve got mail and Sam I am.
    That’s where I stand. The baristas try there to know what they’re tasting but sadly, they don’t.

  • Reply Ray O December 9, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    You forgot to mention that a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide is formed in larger quantities if beans are roasted too long at higher temperatures. In other words sb coffee poses a serious health risk that can be compared to smoking.

  • Reply Russell Volz March 9, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Rational thought is selfish. That’s not a bad thing. If you’re not selfish to a small degree, you’ll never add your genes to the human gene pool. Rational though has to do with doing things that are consistent with your self-preservation beliefs. How does this relate to Starbucks? It relates in several ways.

    First, Starbucks coffee is bad. There’s no two ways around it. You’d have to have fried tastebuds to not notice. YET, millions of people love Starbucks. Why? Either they “like” bad coffee, which I’m met quite a few people who do in fact “love” bad coffee. That’s irrational to me, but obviously their tastebuds are different than mine.

    The second reason that drinking Starbucks coffee is irrational is that people pay $5.00 for a 50 cent cup of coffee. Why? I believe that Starbucks has very successfully marketed the “feeling”. People are willing to pay $4.50 to feel better about themselves because they drink Starbucks. To you and me, that’s not just irrational, it’s nuts, but I’m telling you, many people do this, including my ex-wife and idiot son-in-law. So, there you have it. Irrationality 101.

    • Reply Cad October 30, 2022 at 3:19 am

      Pretty much confirms most of what i knew. Coffee at its best is a week away from the roasting point and i think thos stuff has to be stale coffee beans laced with added caffeine. Long ways from being anything but swill for coffee and sometimes dont tastr like coffee. Sometimes doing it for a lack of decent coffee shops with good hours. Governments sure screwed that up.

  • Reply Denny Boy Nelson November 18, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    I remember years ago when I brewed a cup of coffee, the flavor was fabulous. Smooth, low acid, could drink it all day.
    Then the flavor started to change to more acidic. I’m blaming the water quality as the problem. Spent years looking for the best quality water, but the end result stayed the same. Flat, acidic, tasteless. I do believe that Starbucks is skunking their beans. Skunking means they’re diluting quality beans with cheaper beans. The end product looks the same but the smell and taste is like $Hitt. It’s just not the same product. I’m looking at other brands that hopefully haven’t traded quality for profit.

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