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.
Starbucks customer from NYC. She describes herself as an "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist."