I love love love Starbucks Coffee. Sure, sometimes it’s a little burned because they try to keep the temperature so hot, but overall they have some great coffee. When I lived in Boone, we didn’t get a Starbucks until my senior year. This meant that my entire college career was fueled by a local coffee company. My Starbucks passion is only a recent development.
I’ve never been one of those ‘go local’ earthy types, but I can’t help but think that I only buy Starbucks to have the label on my cup. Sure, they’ve got great flavors and are located on nearly every corner, but they are such a huge corporation that I will probably never get to meet the owner and shake their hand or say thank you. This is an experience I value when I go to a local coffee shop. Sure, I may have to go a little bit out of my way to get my fix, but it might just be worth it to get that personal experience and meet someone whose main passion is delivering a high quality coffee.
I guess the verdict of the debate is still up in the air for me. Which do you prefer? Corporations or local coffee?