Thursday, February 26, 2009

Committed to Starbucks

I admit that I am addicted to Starbucks. I love them. I love how the staff knows me by name and talks to me. I love how they know what I like. I go there at least 2 times a day.

My love affair with their coffee started when a company I used to work for started using Starbucks coffee for our "percolators"--the free coffee in the office. At first I thought it was too strong. But once you get used to it, you can't go back to a less bold coffee.

I didn't get committed to their store until this job, where we have a Starbucks in the lower level of our building. I can walk to it without having to go outside on rainy or cold days. On nice, sunny days, I can step outside and walk less than 100 yards to it and see flowers along the way.

It has a wonderful covered seating area outside.

I also love Starbucks music. I like the music they play in the stores. I loved it when they gave away free songs every day last year for a while (now it's only once a week). I buy a lot of the CDs they sell in the stores. They are usually $12.95 and they introduce me to more recent artists than I would usually know about--like KT Tunstall. Starbucks is where I discovered her.

And I like the quotes on the Starbucks cups. It wasn't until yesterday, when I was searching online for a quote that was on my cup the day before, which I threw away forgetting I wanted the quote, when I realized the quotes on their cups were a bit controversial.

I found links that called them "religious." I never thought of them that way. Some called them "atheistic." Whatever. . . .

I did find one really funny quote in all this. . . someone said something along these lines I heard Starbucks is going to start putting religious quotes on their cups. The first one should be, Jesus, this coffee is expensive!

Anyway, I couldn't find the quote from the other day that I wanted to post. . . it was about being tolerant of other cultures. But today's quote is also very good and applicable to my current state of mind:

The Way I See It #76
The irony of commitment is that
it's deeply liberating--in work, in
play, in love. The act frees you
from the tyranny of your internal
critic, from the fear that likes to
dress itself up and parade around
as rational hesitation. To commit is
to remove your head as the barrier
to your life.
Anne Morriss
Starbucks customer from NYC. She describes herself as an "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist."


  1. I have much love for Starbucks. I love them for all the same reasons that you do. The quotes on the cups, the free music. My husband calls them touchy feely. But you know what? That's OK with me. They are a very calming oasis in a sea of crazy.

    Peace - Rene

  2. Your religious Starbucks quote made me LOL. Love love love Starbucks!

  3. LOL, love the Jesus quote!

    I like Starbucks too, but only twice a month. Did you know if you use a Starbucks card, you get free syrups and soy milk? I got a free card from a grocery deal so that's how I found out! I think it saves me 40 to 80 cents per latte.

  4. Ahhh, enjoying a chai tea latte as I read this! I have a question for you - do you tip the barista? It cracks me up when I go to the Starbucks drive-thru and there's a tip cup dangling precariously on the edge of the window.

  5. Nice quote. I'm not a big buy coffee kinda of gal but I love that Starbucks offers health coverage and other benefits for part time workers. I have a few friends that work for them for that reason alone.

  6. Funny, funny quote. There's some coffee chain here in the Northeast - Tim Horton's or Bess Eaton maybe - that prints real life religious quotes - but nothing as funny as this.

  7. Okay. I'm not the kind of guy that uses LOL. But "Jesus, this coffee's expensive"? LOL several times.

  8. Oh. Yeah (in my best Ferris Bueller voice). I'm in heart with Sbux, too. And mostly because they employ nice people. At least the one I go to. Makes the coffee and everything else that much better.

    My new love: vanilla rooibus latte. /word

  9. I COULD SO GET ADDICTED TO THE 'BUCKS---were I not so cheap :)

  10. I enjoy Starbucks too but I never see one any more. The nearest one is two hours away but when I get into the big city, it's the first place I head.
    I also enjoy all the quotes on the cups. Thanks for sharing and giving me my Starbucks fix :)


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