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    I can honestly say that I have never had a cup of Starbucks coffee, not that I have not bought stuff ther for my daughter or family members but we shop at Winco a local grocery here in Texas and they have coffee bean section and I just get beans and grind my own. I can buy enough coffee beans there to last me two weeks for price of three cups of Starbucks coffee.
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    I'm a snob, but I'm also cheap. That being said, Starbucks is trash. Maybe their mixed drinks are good, but I like black coffee and Starbucks black coffee is burnt garbage. Guys at work pound the folgers, but I really can't stomach that either.

    I haven't had many BRCC varieties, but I've never had one I don't like.

    Our bean of choice is Fog Chaser from San Francisco Bay Coffee Company. We get it from Amazon for about $9/lb. I grind it myself in a Bodum conical burr grinder and brew it in a drop maker through a mesh filter. On the weekends I grind it more course and boil water for the French press. I usually don't have more than a couple cups a day so I like it to be GOOD.

    I can't wait to be off this diet and have coffee again.

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    I like Starbucks. There's one a mile from my place, but my wife and I have reduced our visits there to once every couple to three weeks. I meet with four other retired guys every Friday morning at a Starbucks cafe in a Barnes and Noble bookstore, but one of them works there part-time, so we enjoy his employee discount prices whilst sipping dark brews and plotting how we might take over the world.

    I understand that some of you don't like the stuff, but isn't it a wonderful country we live in where we have so many alternates to choose from? Starbucks or Black Rifle or Folgers or truck stops or campfires or office swill, coffee drinkers are truly blessed to be living in this day and age.

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    My wife likes Starbucks 'cause she doesn't like real coffee.
    Me? Jamaican Blue Mountain beans run thru a burr grinder, 4 minutes in a French press. That's my preferred brew.

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    I like Starbucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 777Driver View Post
    Sorry guys, I disagree with the general consensus here.
    I LOVE Starbucks!
    Over the years I have probably spent a small fortune in Starbucks coffee shops, and I'm Cheap!
    My father was a BIG coffee drinker, and he hated Starbucks. He said they burnt the beans. He called it "Charbucks".
    It's not a matter of right and wrong, it's a matter of taste. Some prefer bourbon, some prefer Scottish whiskey with lots of peat. Seems from this thread that a lot of the folks who drink it black don't like it, while the "mix it up!" crowd are more likely to like the mermaid. There are exceptions, but I'm starting to see a trend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    It's not a matter of right and wrong, it's a matter of taste. Some prefer bourbon, some prefer Scottish whiskey with lots of peat. Seems from this thread that a lot of the folks who drink it black don't like it, while the "mix it up!" crowd are more likely to like the mermaid. There are exceptions, but I'm starting to see a trend.
    You've nailed it GH.
    I drink most of my coffee straight, black, and strong and can drink just about anything that even smells like a coffee bean - including "Charbucks".
    But straight up it tastes burnt because their beans are over-roasted IMO. HOWEVER, it is pretty good in a mocha.
    That same burnt flavor means the coffee taste isn't as easily overwhelmed or overshadowed by the sweet flavor of the chocolate. However, I only drink about two or three mochas a year, versus two or three quarts of plain black coffee a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    It's not a matter of right and wrong, it's a matter of taste. Some prefer bourbon, some prefer Scottish whiskey with lots of peat. Seems from this thread that a lot of the folks who drink it black don't like it, while the "mix it up!" crowd are more likely to like the mermaid. There are exceptions, but I'm starting to see a trend.
    You have got it like BC605 says...I drink my home brewed and most other coffee black...straight off the bean. When I do find myself at S-Bucks it's a Grande Skim Latte with a dash of cinnamon....in fact I'll probably have one tomorrow.
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    Hey-zoos-kristo; roasting, grinding, dripping, filtering!

    Some of ya'll spend more time making a cup of coffee than a benchrester spends making his best precision 1,000 yard load.

    I like mine hot, black and preferably in a cup.

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    I guess everybody has their preferences, some for one reason, some another. there are the cheap, and there are the brand-snobs, and although I haven't drunk a drop of coffee in fifty-three years, I do remember one of the best was water scooped right out of the cold Colorado River, two miles downstream from Boulder Dam, and perked right there on a gas-burner in the boat.

    However, nearly a decade ago, one morning in rush-hour traffic in Hartford, Connecticut, A young woman in a five-hundred dollar suit and driving a brand-new BMW shot into traffic in front of me from an on-ramp and crossed into the next lane and came to a (I did say rush-hour) stop. You do get to see an awful lot others can't when your butt is seven feet up there, between the mirrors in a Freightliner, and this chick fished in her trash bag until she brought out an empty Starbucks coffee cup, she popped in a lid off it, drained the few drops of sludge back into the trash bag, and picked up a steaming cup of coffee IN A MCDONALD'S CUP, poured it into the Fourbucks cup, jiggered the lid back on it and buried the Mickey-D's cup in the trash bag and crawled on in the traffic, sipping and sighing contentedly.
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