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Old 02-01-2018, 12:59 PM   #1
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Most expensive Starbucks??

In Las Vegas, $14 for a caramel macchiato and a brew coffee. I’ve had Starbucks in Waikiki, many airports, Disneyland and other theme parks and have never paid that much.... just a quick venti, what’s your most costly cup of joe?
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$0.54 at Burger King each morning. Free refills.
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€8 for a latte at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, France.
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£2.70 in London across from National Library. I usually pay $1.85 + free refills, still about $200 month ----
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I get 5 shots of espresso over ice most mornings for $4.01..... will do that until I give up working then shift to homemade cold brew over ice.
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I get 5 shots of espresso over ice most mornings for $4.01..... will do that until I give up working then shift to homemade cold brew over ice.
5 shots? How long does it take to climb down from the ceiling and start working?
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I normally pay $2.17 for some of the best coffee's in the world, although when Tunki was rated #1 in the world and available I've paid as much as $3.69 a cup.
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I have never "willingly" purchased anything from Starbucks, I think I may have been bought one once, or a gift card and used it maybe. We have a Delonghi Magnifica.
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I actually dislike Starbucks coffee. It tastes burnt to me, and a former Starbucks employee confirmed that.

I prefer to grind and brew my own coffee at home, though my equipment is not fancy. Looking forward to trying some beans that I recently bought at an organic coffee plantation in Mexico for US$7 per pound.
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I actually dislike Starbucks coffee. It tastes burnt to me, and a former Starbucks employee confirmed that.

I prefer to grind and brew my own coffee at home, though my equipment is not fancy. Looking forward to trying some beans that I recently bought at an organic coffee plantation in Mexico for US$7 per pound.
I would agree, most of Starbucks coffee is a very dark roast which is just a kind word for over roasted coffee. For the past year or so I've been buying green coffee beans and roasting/grinding them at home, better than anything I've had in any coffee shop.
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"Charbucks" is what I call it.

Why do they take a term for a traditional espresso drink (macchiato) and apply it to something to which it bears no resemblance whatsoever? I can call a house a cat but it's still not a cat.
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Just to be contrarian I'll say I like Starbucks coffee. It's reliably good. Which is nice since it's available in so many locations ;-)

Of course my DW has gotten me used to dark roast coffee, her favorite. Peet's is her favorite and it's even darker roast. It's not available in as many locations.
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Just to be contrarian I'll say I like Starbucks coffee. It's reliably good. Which is nice since it's available in so many locations ;-)

Of course my DW has gotten me used to dark roast coffee, her favorite. Peet's is her favorite and it's even darker roast. It's not available in as many locations.


I like it dark too, my wife actually will only drink Starbucks if we buy coffee
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I use starbucks exclusively to meet up with random strangers from the internet. $2.07 for a small (which is huge at 12 oz or so) and I get free refills using their app. Not a bad price to rent a spot for a few hours that's under video surveillance, has tons of witnesses, and comes with a bathroom. I don't think I've ever paid more than $2.xx for coffee. Other than hitting up starbucks when hanging out with people, I'll usually brew my own at home, in a hotel, or in an airbnb. Or grab a cup for free if I'm at the auto shop or a grocery store that gives free brewed coffee (like trader joe's). Sometimes on a road trip I'll need to not die by falling asleep at the wheel so I'll stop at a McD's and drop a buck for a big cup. They have surprisingly good coffee.

I like the Starbucks coffee. Nice bold flavor. Yeah it tastes almost burnt but I like a dark roast. I just bought a $6 big bag of their house blend coffee on clearance and that'll do for about a month for our small 6-8 oz his and hers cups of coffee each morning. What I find interesting is the bag says to use 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per 6 oz cup of water. Most other coffee says to use 1 tablespoon per 6 oz cup. I think it tastes strong enough with 1 tablespoon (not weak at all).
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0.70 for my occasional Nespresso, although the recent ones we brought back from Europe for half that price.
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McDonalds coffee with senior discount. Usually costs between .50 and a dollar. Free refills.

My uber thrifty friend hangs out there nearly every AM, using the free wi-fi.
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No idea, but my highest cost latte was closer to $5-6, nowhere near $14. We like good coffee, but I’d just pass on $14. We like medium to dark roast, Starbucks isn’t a favorite, but it’ll do in an airport or traveling. I don’t order the sweet flavored ‘coffee drinks.’
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5 shots? How long does it take to climb down from the ceiling and start working?
I used to do two of those every morning... cut back a couple years ago. I have always been able to drink coffee with minimal effect.

My SO cannot have any caffeine after 1 in the afternoon or it will keep her up, I can have an evening cup of coffee and fall asleep without issue.
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Cool charts here on average cost per region in 2015.
https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/da...ing-20-percent
I've paid more than $10 a cup, but can't recall the details.
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I gave up on Starbucks long ago, in the 90s.

The main problem was they overheated their steamed milk, taking it up to 160 degrees which carmelized the milk somewhat, changing the flavor and making it sweeter. To me this just ruined the taste of the milk as well as making it too hot to drink at first.

This ultimately encouraged us to set up our own espresso bar at home. We eventually invested in some pretty high end commercial grade equipment plumbed into the water line, etc. At home we never heated the milk past 125-130 degrees, usually less. DH became quite the accomplished barista, even doing latte art, etc.

I did buy their Sumatra and Sumatra decaf beans for many years. Thought it was excellent and even blended it with their French roast to make a half-caff blend. Nice combination.

When we went full time in the RV in 2005 we gave up the fancy espresso bar and did without homemade espresso even when we bought another house until 2015 when we acquired a Nespresso machine. We only have it occasionally, no longer daily coffee drinkers after giving up caffeine and dairy a few years ago. To us it’s just as good as the old days of our big fancy espresso bar but requiring far less space and hassle. I drink it black now (espresso or lungo) with sugar.
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