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As we told you in an April post on Starbucks, the company began experimenting with branching out into wines and beers at its Roy Street Coffee & Tea. Now, reports USA Today, another Seattle Starbucks, the Capitol Hill branch, on Olive Way, has received a groovy modern face lift and has jumped on the wine and beer train. Perhaps what goes down in Seattle will soon be coming to a branch near you. With 16 million of them, there's bound to be one nearby.
Is this a Starbucks move to take us up, take us down, fill us up with an artisanal-cheese plate and never let us go? Pop-culture professor Robert Thompson, of Syracuse University thinks so. He was quoted in the USA Today story as saying, "The idea of serving coffee all day to hype up consumers and alcohol at night to calm them down sounds like a perpetual motion machine." But maybe for the go-go joe and booze hounds, that's an answered prayer.
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We'd be preaching to the choir to tell you to raise up a cup of java today -- odds are, you're either a loyal coffee drinker or you don't touch the stuff, and there's little to do to change that. But ours is a caffeinated world, in which coffee takes place second only to oil as the most valued commodity. According to Bob Thomson, a pop-culture professor at Syracuse University who leads an entire course on Starbucks, "As you're working during the day, coffee becomes the equivalent of 'in-flight fueling station.' You grab a cup on your way to work, you've got your little commuting holder in your car, there's a pot at work... I think it's really appropriate that oil and coffee look the same because, in a lot of ways, oil and coffee are doing the same job."
Most Americans drink coffee every day, at a rate of 2 to 3 cups a day -- in fact many would argue they couldn't function without it. How much coffee do you drink daily? Confess your coffee habits in the comments.
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In case you've never encountered the convenience yourself, there's a drive-through window attached to one-third of the nation's Starbucks outposts. And the company has recently taken some heat over the newly designed menus offered at those drive-throughs. On August 31, listed items dropped from about 70 to a mere 25, and leaves out the option to buy a Tall (translation: smallest and least expensive) cup of coffee.
The Tall is still an option, just not an obvious one. Company spokeswoman Deb Trevino tells USA Today the change came in response to customers' requests to simplify the menu -- they were "frustrating" to read -- adding that Talls don't sell as well as Grandes and Ventis. She also says the company is making room for calorie postings, which will be required next year.
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