Ten Reasons to Avoid Starbucks
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.
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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.
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.