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Ten Reasons to Avoid Starbucks

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As much as we all love to hate corporate America (hell, we're an alt-weekly, it's kind of our shtick) -- it has one big asset: convenience. After all, with 60-hour work weeks, bicycle bar crawls and that pesky need for sleep, ain't nobody got time for consumer responsibility.

And there's no company more convenient -- or more corporate -- than the almighty Starbucks. You've gotta hand it to them, they essentially created a billion dollar market for non-essential beverages. These days, they fuel the caffeine addiction of a whopping 60 million customers a week.

But for our readers, who are smarter and more socially responsible than the average bear -- there's no excuse for spending $40 a week to feed a Starbucks habit. Miami has plenty of brew, from cafe con leche to Panther, so here are our 10 reasons never to hit up a soul-sucking Starbucks again.

10. They're accused of mocking deaf people.
According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, Starbucks employees mocked a group of deaf customers, then proceeded to call the police on them. Um, yeah. Baristas aren't what they used to be.

9. Panther Coffee.
In addition to their two retail locations in Wynwood and Miami Beach, you can score these locally-brewed bevs at a whole host of other small businesses around town, from Urban Oxy to Ten Fruits. And it's seriously good stuff. So show some hometown pride and support your local wildcat.

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8. Cuban coffee. Hello!
Why would you choose a watered-down, flavorless latte monstrosity when you could share shots of a colada with co-workers? Nowhere else in America do they have Cuban coffee at their fingertips. We're lucky ducks, and it's blasphemous to pass it up in favor of crappy chain coffee. Shame on you.

7. Starbucks' whipped cream alone has 80 calories per serving. On a tall.
Not exactly diet friendly, their coffee topper is a calorie bomb -- along with almost everything else they serve. Sure, they have some light menu options, but most of their pastry case and fancy drink menu consists of uber-fattening sugar-laden concoctions that nobody needs. A venti white chocolate mocha runs 580 calories. No wonder Americans are obese.

6. They just raised their prices. Again.
Like $5 for a coffee drink wasn't enough, the chain just rolled out a (approximately) 1% increase on lots of products. With Americans' utter dependence on caffeine, they're cleaning up. We should all feel violated.


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Panther Coffee

1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Panther Coffee

2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Coffee Zone

1101 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee

1411 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL

Category: General

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

13130 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: General

Urban Oxy

101 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

Angelina's Coffee and Yogurt

3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Anon
Anon

You mean apart from the fact it dodges taxes, sells gm milk to you unknowingly, underpays its employees, prevents farmers from advancing life quality in ethiopia, only uses fairtrade coffee beans in the UK and bribes judges on behalf of its employees and is overpriced?

angelrenedubois1982
angelrenedubois1982

EVERYBODYS COMMENTS ON HERE ARE TOO DAMN LOOOOONG. IMA KILL IT HERE RIGHT NOW.

WHEN I DO HOMEWORK I CAN GO TO STAR-FUCKS AND BUY SHIT-COFFEE AND A CRACKER-SANDWICH FOR $15 OR.....

GO TO "LA BODEGA" AND BUY A CUBAN-SANDWICH AND A CUBAN COFFEE FOR $4! THAT'S RIGHT FOUR-FUCKING-DOLLAS ILL STICK TO THE BARRIO LATER PHUCKERS

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

WHAT I HAVEN'T SEEN in this discussion is that BETTER results come from of course quality coffee beans properly handled YET the best results come from a machine that is in CONSTANT use especially with espresso

i once had someone tell me home personal espresso machines will never work out because even an expensive industrial specialty espresso machine is only at it's best when it is making cup after cup after cup continuously of espresso to maintain the water TEMPERATURE and PRESURE at their proper ultimate points at all times

a ferrari that is babied around a few blocks on alternating sundays is NOT the proper use for such a car as is a single morning pull of espresso the proper use for such a machine - a cuban place that goes round the clock will therefore have a edge in that factor

meowhouse
meowhouse

Regarding no. 5 'the single use cups'- Starbucks offers and encourages that $1 reusable cup. Everytime you use it for your drink you get 10 cents off your drink. After 10 drinks it essentially pays for itself. It lasts about a month, and if you go 15x in a month, that's 14 cups that weren't thrown away- and you essentially got paid 50 cents to do it.

Sure the company is extremely corporate and overpriced but they take care of their employees, communities, and farmers. 

Keep in mind, these extraordinarily expensive drinks you're talking about are massive frappuccinos with extra curiosities. A simple cup of coffee or even iced coffee are really not that expensive for the convenience and amount of caffeine.

I used to work for Starbucks and we've never harassed deaf persons. Don't generalize just to populate this list.

Ernesto
Ernesto

Anyone who thinks Miami is the only place to get Cuban coffee certainly must not travel much.

For that matter, the best Cuban food I've EVER had (and I've had plenty, lol) was in Philadelphia, for crying out loud, at a place called 'Alma de Cuba'

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Outside of hipsterland (SoBe, Las Olas, Grove, Miracle Mile, SoBe again and PineCrest), Starbucks' expansion in Dade county will fail. Besides, is a good indicator of how good is the area, since they never set shop in bad barrios, such as Hialeah, Allapattah and the likes.

Kepple
Kepple

This entry was written with the writing skills and logic of a sub-par journalism student. Did you guys really run this even with Starbucks distributing Miami New Times in their Miami stores? Smart.

Patrick Baker
Patrick Baker

Luna Star won its battle against Starbucks, and I was glad when it did; fyi I live just blocks away from it. But honestly I don't see how Luna Star is better for the community in any way but local pride, a sense of "something" in the knowledge that our coffee place has a different name and interior than cafes in other areas. Diversity is nice, it makes going to new places special and interesting; as opposed to having an identical Starbucks experience everywhere you go. But Starbucks pays more in taxes and provides more people jobs, than Luna Star ever will. LS does offer music and beer tho, and a far more consistently superior espresso. What about Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.? Any one got opinions on them?

Alex Gimenez
Alex Gimenez

ok because there are 4 places, 3 of which are in hipster-ville, that serve coffee. the problem is starbucks destroyed local coffee 10 years ago and people (especially in miami) dont understand why they should support local. starbucks is all we got y'all.

Natasha Rico
Natasha Rico

That other coffee place you mentioned has absolutely the WORST coffee I've ever had in my life! What's your real beef with Starbucks because the ones you mentioned are rediculous?

Tony Larios
Tony Larios

It's unfortunate that Starbucks raised prices but the coffee is still great, it's effect lasts longer than a Colada because let's be honest, a Colada is like injecting NOS in your car... it leaves you as fast as it came in LOL! Also Starbucks locations are more convenient (not going to Wynwood for coffee when I can do that nearby). Miami Newtimes is just kissing their reader's behind by praising their intelligence. And finally I'd rather have a more American feel to the location which is something lacking in south Florida. But hey! Next time I swing by Wynwood I don't mind checking out those places. After all coffee is coffee, what matters is that it's good. :)

Patrick Baker
Patrick Baker

Repeat/insert here what Annalie and Nikki said, good stuff... Dunkin Donuts , McD's and most chains and all your locally owned business aren't doing these things. The fair trade part was really my big issue with Starbucks, if that's fixed, than I don't see the problem, except for propping up capitalism of course. As much as I love my colada (which in my location is closer and cheaper than anything else) is usually made with the cheapest preground beans. Now, if not looking like a hipster or some other pretentious archetype you're not into (which i suspect is fueling many taste buds here) is your goal, you can never go wrong with the classic look of standing in front of a Race Trac with an x-tra large "super caffeinated blend with complimentary extra caffeine shots" coffee (available in reusable travel mugs) while smoking a cigarette next to the propane tanks. speaking of, how is Starbucks' smoking ban not part of the 10 reasons?

Marta Torres
Marta Torres

The coffee isn't bad, but it is a bit hefty in price.

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

Its not the coffee, its the politics. Wonder what Starbucks did recently to gain the wrath of Cocksuckers Times. Hmmm.

Vanessa Madrazo
Vanessa Madrazo

because you cant always study/work at other Miami places durr

Humberto Martínez
Humberto Martínez

As much I'm for dumping Starbucks for a variety of reasons, most of the ones in this article are absolutely asinine and vapid. A singular event of baristas in NYC? You criticize the calories of WHIP CREAM (who gets that shit?) then promote Cuban coffee (diabetes in a thimble)?? Also, the food there is actually good and really affordable all things considered. Any other food you can get just as fast is covered in grease.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

It's a drug. You're addicted. You have your preferred dealer but like most addicts your loyalty is only to your addiction so you'll get it wherever you can. You'll pay their price because you need your fix.

Annalie Basanta
Annalie Basanta

I've worked for Starbucks for 9 years. First, those who feel our coffee is bad, burned or bitter probably means your palette is used to the coffee flavored hot water from McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and Nestlé. There will always be human inconsistencies in the brewing process. If you're willing to wait 5 minutes for a French press then you'll get the best cup of coffee you can order. Starbucks is involved in community service programs, we ethically source coffee from farms who pay farmers fairly. Starbucks also offers to all FT & PT partners tuition reimbursement, health benefits, stocks, and our starting salary is more than minimum wage which is unusual to find in the food service industry. Not to mention that without Starbucks about 2000 residents in Dade-County alone would not have jobs.

Nicole Ashly
Nicole Ashly

Ehh it depends on location and what you like. If I want ambiance I go to the Bookstore in the grove. If I want to drink a skinny vanilla latte and hang out with my puppies (they provide water and water bowls) while watching the cyclists I go to Starbucks. Those are my only two choices around here. Beside at least Starbucks offers its employees benefits and paid leave

Mariella Gambarina
Mariella Gambarina

The starbucks that opened across from a little cuban bakery by my parents house closed within a year. I stepped in once... to use their wifi for a quick telco. With the cost of one of their cups of cofee I can buy a round of cortadito shots for the entire cuban cafeteria! :)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

actually McD's coffee can hold it's own against other "chain" providers and INDEED raised the bar some years ago by changing suppliers and by buying in tremendous quantity can buy it cheaper than most any other provider

do a taste test - BLACK coffee - hot and cold (let it sit a while) and see for yourself

Nikki Poey
Nikki Poey

I worked as a barista for two years at Starbucks and though they are definitely as corporate as it gets in their defense, all their coffee is fair trade, they refuse to give cuts in their budget so that their part time employees can continue to receive benefits such as insurance and stock, they're always participating in community events, etc etc. They do have a bunch of frivolous and stupid drinks and their food is over priced and subpar, but a tall (small) cup of coffee is $1.88.. BUT I do think it's dumb to not just brew your own, and I also think it's important to support your local coffee shops, if there was a panther in Kendall I'd probably live there! (and be broke :( )

pita1
pita1

"Cuban coffee. Hello!" lol I love it. 

Vicky Brito
Vicky Brito

I agree!! The coffee sucks!! invest in a kuerig and make your own!! you can even get a small one for your desk at work and have it all day!!! buy a box of creamer at sams its better than this crap!!!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

IF an espresso isn't served in a demi-tasse pre heated PORCELINE cup (preferablly with saucer) the whole think is a fraud (especially for italians who rub the rim with lemon zest)

the whole experience of the clink of cup to saucer, the pre-heated cup to retain flavor and smell the aroma is far and away superior to a plastic lined cup too large in the first place for the serving pulled

FIVEBUCKs does pay high rents and employs trained people and has its following YES all that is beneficially convienient to an extent BUT davids in sobe or any la carreta and yes many many other mom and pop cubana dives are TRUE coffee paradises

Matt Hirschenbein
Matt Hirschenbein

I seem to remember about 2-3 years ago when the New Times offices were located on Biscayne around NE 30th St, that MANY of the staff their would frequent the Starbucks on Biscayne & NE 29th Street.

Jorge Dinov
Jorge Dinov

Little cuban stop coffee places. Are 100% natural coffee. Its better coffee.

Tony Kapel
Tony Kapel

And to anyone who goes to the US1 spot next to Douglas is a schmuck - worst location for anything that involves a fiends stability. quick stops on a curve and no parking lot. leaves people in the middle of the street while Little Susie goofball figures out how to cross three lanes, and Javi the hipster pulling out of the car and a half size entrance tries to text, shift gears, and sip his garbage on his way to work.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i know its for practical reasons BUT would ANY true coffee lover prefer to be served in a PLASTIC CUP if a proper ceramic or porcelaine cup were avilable ?

has anyone YET been in a fancy restaurant / hotel / resort and specifically ASKED for a styrofoam plastic cup instead of a real coffee cup to enhance their flavor experience ?

i just don't see how it can be that a supposedly SUperior product get served in an INferior container - do you pour an expensive wine into a styrofoam cup ?

do you know that ALL petroleum based materials LEECH into the product ?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@Phil Ramirez There are thriving Starbucks in Hialeah, Westchester, Kendall and Homestead.

Perhaps it is you who has no indication how good an area is.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........"But Starbucks pays more in taxes and provides more people jobs, than Luna Star ever will.".............

in aggregate a LUNA STAR type mom-and-pop in place of every single STARBUCKs would possibly eclipse what taxes and J O B S that STARBUCKs pays for a variety of reasons, decentralized distribution, accounting, more production, and marketing and promotion, but to name a few reasons (just look at ALL the private labels from various vineyards in the wine industry which will never be invaded by a mass-production cookie-cutter approach)

independant coffee shops may in fact pay MORE in taxes and provide MORE jobs all combined than the sleek and lean STARBUCKs corporate operating system

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

sorry but i just can NOT see EINSTEIN thinking up the THEORY OF RELATIVITY in a STARBUCKs ( many of which are more like UNemployment offices than coffee houses )

to be fair it's not the product but our american lifestyles that do not allow us to habitate real coffee houses as think tanks and community gathering places

maybe JKRowlings wrote all the HPotter stuff in a STARBUCKs but i doubt it

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............."Not to mention that without Starbucks about 2000 residents in Dade-County alone would not have jobs."...........

this is a zero-sum argument because doubling JOBS can be accomplished by simply making everyone a part-timer so i could theoretically increase those 2,000 to 4,000 if i took hours from the 2,000 and hired MORE people to work those hours = all to work the exact same TOTAL HOURS = with more people hired and ALL original people working less hours

otherwise if ALL the STARBUCKs closed those 2,ooo would eventually be absorbed because those DAILY customers would go somewhere - no ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

then why serve it in PLASTIC CUPS ?

how is it possible to have an espresso ever served in a plastic cup ?

do you drink fine WINE from these same cups ?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@frankd4 Well isn't that pretentious!   Seriously? 

Next you are going to tell me that the millions of shots(Billions?) served in tiny plastic cups is a fraud?


Losen your skinny jeans, take off that ridiculous wool cap (It is the summer in Miami) and Yes, I want fries with that order.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@Tony Kapel Wow, just checked this location out on Google Maps.  What a horrible layout.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4 

how do you otherwise rub the rim with zest and pre-heat a PLASTIC CUP ?

serve that in EUROPE anywhere and see what happens

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4 

are you denying that is the WRONG way to serve espresso ?

all i would suggest is EUROPEANs would also have a hard time with a plastic lined paper cup OVER a porceline cup and saucer (which i get at every and i mean every hole in the wall cuban cafe)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

yeah HARRY,  i guess you would put a fine wine into plastic cups as well, i suppose BUT

just HOW in fact do you CHILL a plastic cup ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4


ALL (ABOVE FOUR EXAMPLES) FROM POSTS FROM BARRISTA EXCHANGE . COM

"the world's premiere online community for the specialty coffee industry"


AND SINCE THE PLASTIC CUP HAS ONLY been around for about fifty years.............AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRINKING COFFEE for about ten thousand years..........DO THE MATH DUDE..................that leaves 9,950 that people used NON-plastic cups to drink coffee (including PORCELINE, GLASS, CLAY etc


sorry charley but the only thing LAME is your ability to get past PLASTIC


frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4


and alun evans;

"Also very nice if you serve a dopio over 2 ice cubes, a teaspoon of sugar, then the rind of lemon in the glass. Use the back of a teaspoon to crush the lemon rind and release the flavors into the glass. Drank this a lot in Southern Italy during summer. Refreshing."

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4

and Benjamin;

"I've heard that the origin of the lemon peel was (possibly in addition) related to the cleanliness of the demi. Demitasse 'may or may not' have been kept in a bucket of rinse water. If you can imagine the volume of demitasse making their way through this rinse water it 'may or may not' have become quickly less desirable.


The lemon was served as a sanitizing agent because of its acid. The customer cleaned the rim of the cup before sipping. The reduction in bitterness kept the practice in vogue after more modern cleaning practices came into play.

It reminds me of the Elizabethan practice of bring orange half to the theatre. You held it under the nose to overpower the collective stench of the people sitting around you (and yourself). They didn't like to bathe, washed away the soul."

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4


and jonathan;

"I love a good ristretto romano - but I usually rub the lemon along the edge of the glass so that it doesn't directly effect the espresso - you just have a nose full of it when you take a sip."

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4


well so don't take my word........here is donny

"the espresso with a lemon zest is called cafe romano, from rome, italy. the lemon zest dulls the bitterness of the espresso, while adding some acidity. if you order this drink in italy, most places will give you a small piece of lemon, so that it doesn't overpower/take away from the espresso. i've frequented italy a lot within the last few years and was only served this drink when specifically asked. i'm not sure of its origins, but am now a little curious myself. i'll see what i can dig up!


donny"

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@frankd4 @Anthonyvop1 Your arguemnt is that that is the way they do it in Europe?  

How lame is that?  You do realize that there are people who don't have an orgasm when you mention Europe right?

FYI In my numerous trips to Europe I have never had anyone rub lemon Zest or even pre-heated cup.  And if they did I would have sent it back.  

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @frankd4 

 yes not only a fraud but a MONUMENTAL burden on the environment by generating so much TRASH !


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