How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Starbucks

Starbucks has been mentioned a few times on the Seatlte Metblog. Who are we kidding, Josh is obviously obsessed. But then again, this is Seattle.

Over the years, I’ve actually grown to accept and even welcome the presence of Starbucks in our fair city. Here are a few reasons why:

Now when you mention your favorite blues/jazz/country/roots/world musician, the people in your office actually have a vague idea who that is.

Starbucks’ decision to charge for wi-fi gives independent coffee shops yet another way to differentiate themselves.

Almost the only place in town you can get that queen of all pastry, the chocolate croissant.

A whole generation of poets, musicians, and artists working day jobs at Starbucks gain additional art-producing angst at their corporate job.

Before Starbucks most people thought “shade grown” referred to some form of contraband.

Every six months in a vague effort to recreate itself, thoroughly explores some new permutation of what coffee shops were not meant to be.

And the number one reason to love Starbucks:

When you’re and addict, it’s any port in a storm, baby.

Favorite Starbucks moment: getting Starbucks cards through the reward program for a local business reveiw website where I panned several Starbucks locations.

5 Comments so far

  1. hllc (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 6:42 pm

    I dislike starbucks for the same reasons as most people (big corporation, labor practices, coffee snobbery, they were mean to me for the 6 hours i worked for them). But I have to admit I did appreciate that they brought the Sunday NYT into gentrifying neighborhoods. In the not-quite-there-yet neighborhoods i’ve lived in here and in portland, I couldn’t delivery, and the scary safeway never carried my weekly sunday fix. I never thought I’d be grateful for starbucks, but i could always be sure that they would give me my nyt magazine, sunday styles, and book review for $5.


  2. wendolen (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    Almost the only place in town you can get that queen of all pastry, the chocolate croissant.

    You’re joking, right? Central Market, Biofournil, Le Pannier jump to mind immediately, and there are plenty of others.

    HLLC: labor practices

    What have you got against their labor practices? With several friends who work or have worked there, I’m hard-pressed to think of a large retail-esque corporation that treats its employees better.


  3. josh (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 9:31 am

    HLCC: Starbucks spends more on health insurance for it’s employees than it does on coffee. [p-i]. Their commitment to providing healthcare to full and part time employees seems incredibly admirable, at least to an outsider like me who hasn’t ever worked in one of their shops.


  4. tonyd (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 9:39 am

    Oops! Thanks for spotting that, Josh.

    I don’t have anything against Starbucks, actually, though they are fun to poke fun at. Like any big company, there are plenty of things to complain about and to praise.


  5. Drury (unregistered) on November 13th, 2005 @ 3:26 am

    I liked Starbucks when they had the one store in the Pike Place Market. Now they intentionally try to buck established neighborhood coffee shops out of the way. They are corporate, not compassionate…They are the MacDonalds of coffee. I never go there. Listen to KEXP if you want exposure to world music.



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