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Old 04-28-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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But isn't it really about personal preference? If a person likes Starbucks more than an Indie place, does that make them "yuppies that don't know any better"?
No it doesn't, not if they truly have tried other places, indie or otherwise. I'm not gonna pretend I've never been to Starbucks, I have & some of their stuff is OK. But I also try many other places too, indie or not.

The people I was referring to have never set foot inside an indie coffee shop or any other smaller chain for that matter. Meaning if a new shop opened right next to Starbucks, they wouldn't give it a second look just because its not something they recognize. Starbucks could serve these same people coffee that was made with cat pee, call it "exotic" & they wouldn't blink an eye.

Not everyone who goes there falls in that category obviously, but a lot do. Especially in the suburbs. And yes, I'd say those same people are mostly yuppies.

How could you tell I was a coffee snob??
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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I'm not much of a coffee snob, but DH is pretty picky. He has been pretty happy with Coffee Times on Regency, especially because he likes chatting it up with the roasters and learning about new "limited edition" beans that they are offering. I like it because all of their decafs are processed in house with water-processing to remove the caffeine, not the harsh chemical crap that most places use.

CaffeMarco offers a high-quality, locally roasted product that you can find at some local grocery stores, as well as the farmer's market this summer.
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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Common Grounds, Third Street Stuff are the two I always went to. Best atmosphere with the best coffee, free wifi.

And yes, Starbucks is crap. And Im not saying that just because they're a big corporation (I like plenty of other coffee chains, Peet's, Caribou Coffee, etc). They've made a business of over-saturating the market & serving horrible coffee to yuppies who don't know any better. Their thing is high priced "speciality drinks", they're not a coffee house.
I worked at Starbucks for two years, and while I enjoyed it while I worked there, I agree wholeheartedly with you that they've over-saturated themselves. What began as a fine set of stores has now become a corporate conglomerate that, at the risk of offending some - should go back to its roots.

That's awesome on the Common Grounds rec, thank you to everyone. And the free wifi is perfect, as I don't know how soon I'll get an internet hook up going.
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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I like the "overpriced junk" at Starbucks. To me they have the best coffee. I just don't get the Indie shops....
Have you tried them? Have you tried Sunergo's in Louisville? Man there are so many great local shops in Louisville. It is like the difference between watered-down Bud Light and a good microbrew.

Here is why I hate Starbucks as well:

37 shops in the metro!

http://www.starbucks.com/Retail/Find/LocatorResults.aspx?fs=1&loc=louisville|38.2548479 3739299|-85.76638487952664

even Lexington has 17!

http://www.starbucks.com/Retail/Find/LocatorResults.aspx?fs=1&loc=louisville|38.2548479 3739299|-85.76638487952664
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Have you tried them? Have you tried Sunergo's in Louisville? Man there are so many great local shops in Louisville. It is like the difference between watered-down Bud Light and a good microbrew.

Here is why I hate Starbucks as well:

37 shops in the metro!

http://www.starbucks.com/Retail/Find/LocatorResults.aspx?fs=1&loc=louisville|38.2548479 3739299|-85.76638487952664

even Lexington has 17!

Starbucks Store Locator
I haven't tried the Indie places but I've been in one. Starbucks also has locations in Somerset, Richmond, London, Paris and Danville now.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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even Lexington has 17!
Lexington has 17 Starbucks???

I hate to admit this, but I used to map out destinations by Starbucks' locations. "Where do you live? Oh, ok - that's between Starbucks A and Starbucks X."
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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Default Southland Drive needs a coffee shop

Oh, I know, Coffee Times is on Regency ... but there is a golden opportunity on Southland for a coffee shop - think of the two high schools (Lex Catholic and Lafayette) and all the other residents and shoppers.

Don't cringe, stx, but I think a Starbucks would do great there. Or an indie if you like. Maybe you could open one and provide some jobs to local residents!
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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I'm hoping that the co-op's cafe expansion will help fill that void. But since they keep changing their plans it seems, it is hard to picture it!
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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This (http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=41926 - broken link) says it all.
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:36 PM
 
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I'm hoping that the co-op's cafe expansion will help fill that void. But since they keep changing their plans it seems, it is hard to picture it!
That would be perfect. But if they don't fill the void, someone else needs to!
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