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Starbucks on 167th Street: The Best Designed Drive-Thru and Walk-Up, but Nowhere to Hang Out

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Photos by Carina Ost
Sbux gone modular.
Before tackling the Florida Turnpike, Palmetto Expressway, or I-95, you may need your caffeine fix. Thankfully, there is a Starbucks placed where 167th Street meets NE Second Ave. While a drive-thru may conjure up images of talking into clown mouths and teenagers in headsets, that is not the case at this Starbucks.

This location resembles something architecturally and visually interesting. Better yet, you are able to order obnoxiously in the comfort of our car, without having to hear your neighbors in line doing the same. Of course, it still has that stylized, slightly pretentious aura that we have come to expect with our extra-hot, nonfat, venti latte with two Splendas.

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Drive-thru Starbucks are nothing new, but this one has some extra squirts of originality whipped in.

First, this cool space is only 614 square feet with no room for customers to plug in and hang out. It is strictly a drive-thru and window walk-up. It is pretty bizarre, like a Starbucks exhibit at the Smithsonian where you can look in but not enter. You can see the same pastry case with croissants and cake pops and the baristas in green aprons frothing and pumping your beverage but you can't get too close.

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The experience was efficient and we had the same enjoyment in small talk with our barista that we would have in the store. We learned the entire store was manufactured offsite, trucked in to Miami, and finally assembled on location. The barista was amazed how quickly it appeared and that he was able to be instantly transferred here.

According to a Starbucks spokesperson, there are presently only 13 of these modular Starbucks drive-thru stores around the country and this is the first one in Miami. This location is adding to the growing portfolio of sustainably designed stores. They are designed with the environment in mind and built to LEED certification standards.

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With so many Starbucks, it's refreshing to see that this one breaks the cookie-cutter mold in an environmentally responsible way. Roll on up and check it out.

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199 NE 167th St., Miami, FL

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27 comments
Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

oh wow, nowhere to hang out at some starbucks...... #whitepeopleproblems #firstworldproblems ...

Brad Terry
Brad Terry

The ambiance overpowered the mediocre coffee, take that out of the equation and you're left with....mediocre coffee

Roger Cureton
Roger Cureton

Do you still have to order that awful Starbucks coffee? Yeah? No thanks.

Gary De La Siddall
Gary De La Siddall

Im planning to open the first walk through coffee shop in the uk. Just leave your car in the parking lot and walk though!

Amanda Lynn
Amanda Lynn

I went there a few weeks ago and noticed! Very nice

Gabriel A. Valenzuela
Gabriel A. Valenzuela

Funny to see these lemmings go to Starbucks over pay for crapy coffee and think they are cool for doing it. Lamers

Steven J. Glueck
Steven J. Glueck

They were also bagging their used coffee grounds and leaving them by the walk up window to be taken and used as garden fertilizer. I wonder how much caffeine there is in our backyard crop of cherry tomatoes.

Claudia Fonseca
Claudia Fonseca

Did you know Starbucks has more caffeine than espresso and other brands coffee

Frank Verde
Frank Verde

It's actually a perfect location. I go there almost every morning on my way to work and there's usually a line 3 or 4 cars deep.

Omayra Dakis
Omayra Dakis

It is NOT the area you may want to "Hang Out" at. Starbucks #fail because the design would've been better suited for Wynwood! :P

Nick Sorci
Nick Sorci

I think the real reason: to keep all have the hood rats outside. Not the best location.

meilyperez
meilyperez

I moved to Tampa about a year and a half ago for law school and my mind was BLOWN when I found out that there are MULTIPLE 24-hour Starbucks in the Tampa Bay Area. Why has this magical thing not happened in Miami yet?! If there is ANY city that NEEDS a 24-hr Starbucks, it's Miami!!! 

Eugene Estevez
Eugene Estevez

I drive by this place every day...awesome design

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