Saturday, July 30, 2005

Green Tea Frappunico

Is the shits. I like green tea. Never really drank the Starbucks' coffee stuff. I'm for smaller and independent coffee places. They're not only cheaper but taste better. The atmosphere usually are less sterile feeling and more comfy. I'm okay with Dunkin Donuts. Their current lemonade potion:Yummy!

Whenever friends and I initiate a place to meet up - I would pick a book store or a coffee shop. Sometimes the friend pick Starbucks. It's their choice - I'm not going to waste their time railing and leering against Starbucks. I'd drink their tea selection or hot chocolate. They're not bad.

So said, I rarely set foot inside a Starbucks on my own. I've been curious about the latest frappunico conoction of green tea. Needing a pick-me-up before a performance I decide to mosey over to the nearest Starbucks (there's two a block apart in Astor Place *roll*). Aside from the Green Tea thingy, I order a butterfly cookie because I'm a sucker for shortbread and frosting.

Green tea with heavy whipped cream. Bit rich for my taste. After a few curious sips, a hmmm it's not so bad sip, then a few forced sips to make my money's worth ($4? please!) then after 2/3rds of the way with what felt like lead sitting in my stomach,I give up and toss it into the nearest trash. No, not to a homeless person. He or she would hate it also.

In conclusion: TWO THUMBS DOWN. Starbucks, you continue to disappoint me. Soon I'm going to the Coffee Pot to get a regular latte. I never add sugar or milk to it. It's delicious as it is. Same goes for Push Cafe between East Village and Gramercy. It's also a bar with interesting mix of customers. The servers are usually cute (affirmative action) but they rarely stay long. They make not only a good latte, also a pororcini - not sure how to spell it. It's a frozen coffee/mocha drink with kahlua in it. $8 a pop but worth it as afterwork drink and your crappy day at work melts away..


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only thing worth it about starfucks is tiny.

7/30/2005 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Breenie. Most Melburnians doesn't frequent Starbucks because their coffee sucks. I don't like Starbucks much myself because it is not worth the money. Like you said if your friend chose to meet you there then you'll go with no argument. It's the same for me.
I like local businesses that sells coffee and hot chocolate. I have a fondness for hot white chocolate. :)

7/31/2005 12:05 AM  
Blogger breenie said...

Melburians as in Oz? I've seen Starbucks in London.. and I'm sure it's second or third behind McDonald's and Walmart in world retail domination.

When I visted Ireland over the winter Starbucks haven't (hadn't?) touched Dublin.. maybe it's cos the Irish are more into tea than the Brits..

Thinking about corporation - Tom Friedman has his Golden Arches theory.. since McD's moved to Russia and China.. we haven't been to war with them. Will need to read more into his theory..

7/31/2005 12:49 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

yeah green tea frappuccino's way too sweet.

7/31/2005 12:42 PM  
Blogger Jt said...

thank you, kate! i just cannot stand starbucks and won't go there even if it was the only coffee shop within a ten-mile radius.

8/01/2005 1:42 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hey Kate, what is your take on Bewley's on Grafton Street in Dublin?

8/01/2005 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, Melburnians as the people of Melbourne, Australia. We have two Starbucks stores here, I think. Wouldn't want to see them expand.

8/02/2005 1:20 AM  
Blogger breenie said...

Bewely's decent.. it's alright.

Melburians - don't buy Starbucks.. go to the competition! :)

8/02/2005 8:25 PM  

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