It is hard to buck the Starbucks habit. There's a
new site called the Delocator that lets you
search for a non-Starbucks coffee outlet near
you, sort of the "anti-Walmart" for the coffee
set, but I have to be totally honest with you.
I love Starbucks coffee.
In my small town, there are only 2 places to
get Starbucks drinks - either Safeway or Albertsons.
There are no free-standing Starbucks here.
So I started going to a local coffeeshop, bringing
business to local entrepreneurs.
But I always find non-Starbucks coffee drinks
to be very inconsistent. This place has recently
been serving me very bitter lattes. So more
recently, I've been picking up lattes at the Safeway
Starbucks. Smooth and delicious every time.
I don't know what Starbucks puts into their
coffee drinks but I have never had a bad
Starbucks drink anywhere in the country.
Coffee anywhere else is so hit or miss.
As long as I'm consuming caffeine, I want
it to taste good. Sure, I feel guilty when I buy
a Starbucks product. Just like I feel guilty when
I yet again go shopping at Wal-Mart which
any self-respecting entrepreneur and
feminist should never ever do. But they
have what I want. Why should I compromise?
Yes, yes, I know the "they are so evil"
reasons. But there is evil everywhere. Life is
too short not to be able to pick and choose
our evils. Even the self-righteous anti-Starbucks,
anti-Wal-Mart types have their own vices,
their own evils. You know what they say
about glass houses...
And have you heard about this guy
who has set out to visit every Starbucks in the
world. Oh to be young and without any
responsibilities in life. I don't think I'd do
the Starbucks pilgrimage. I'd rather spend
that time (and money) visiting Frank Lloyd
Wright buildings or take a tour of places
written about in Arthurian legend. Yeah, I'm a
geek. A geek that drinks the occasional Starbucks
and sets foot in Wal-Mart now and then.
So sue me.