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Starbucks': Happy comes with hazelnut ground coffee
Though I do love Starbucks' regular coffee that is made up with hazelnut flavored syrup, it is yet strange why Starbucks' does not actually brew hazelnut ground coffee? Or french vanilla ground coffee for that matter? Thank to a friend I recently learned about a company in Germany that does provids french vanilla (or hazelnut) ground coffee. Two thumps up!! Please look'em up at http://balzaccoffee.com/balzac-coffee/. Now, Seattle is perhaps best known as the coffee capital of America. To understand Seattle's coffee addiction, it is necessary to study the city's geography and climate. Seattle lies at almost 50 degrees north latitude, which means that winter days are short. The sun comes up around 7:30am, goes down as early as 4:30pm, and is frequently hidden behind leaden skies. A strong stimulant is almost a necessity to get people out of bed through the gray days of winter. Seattleites love to argue over which espresso bar or cafe in town serves the best coffee, and the answer isn't always Starbucks, despite the famous coffee company's global expansion from its humble beginnings in Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Starbucks (Pikes Peak Market): The Original
I am not a huge coffee drinker, but with a Starbucks on every corner in every city in America I figured that I should go and see where it all started. The first Starbucks is located across from Pike's Peak market. Of course like all Starbucks (and it seemed like in coffeehouse in Seattle) it was busy.
Favorite Dish: They sell a coffee here called the Pikes Place blend which you are supposed to only be able to buy from this location. It was a good coffee and kind of neat to have it since you can only get it from that location.
Starbucks: The Original Starbucks
Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 in the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Because the Market is a historic district with design guidelines, the store retains its original look. It is actually a very small, non-descript outlet. There are no tables or chairs and you have to take away your order.
Favorite Dish: Coffee of course! Starbucks stores serve a variety of brewed coffees, which change on a weekly basis in order to provide customers with an easy way to sample a variety of coffees and blends. It also serves an array of other hot drinks, both espresso-based (like lattes and cappuccinos) and non-espresso based (like hot chocolate, steamed cider, and "cremes" )
Starbucks: The Original Starbucks
I'm not really a Starbucks person. I'm a member of the minority of people who refer to the place as "Charbucks" because of its burned-tasting coffee. But I did think that seeing the original Starbucks was pretty darn neat. It's like witnessing a piece of history anytime you can see where something really big, global in Starbucks' case, began.
The original Starbucks has the same type of stuff as all of the other Starbucks have, but they have the added bonus of looking, and being, cooler. The original mermaid logo, an old maritime symbol, is on the outside of the store and bands play live jazz, blues and folk tunes out front all day long.
Starbucks: The Original Starbucks!
I was actually a bit disappointed with the original Starbucks - it's small, has no seating and was full of tourists! I guess that's to be expected though. To be honest, there are plenty of other branches of Starbucks in Seattle, and even more other coffee houses, all of them less crowded and quite a few in nicer locations. However, if you are determined to have a coffee from the first ever Starbucks, then I'd suggest going in on a sunny day, get a take-out coffee and take it over the road to the seating area looking over Elliot Bay. That's what we wound up doing, and it worked for me!
Starbucks: Seattle's Best Coffee?
On our way to the hotel, the Shuttle driver told (warned?) us: "Mind you, Starbucks is not the best when it comes to coffee". And this came as a surprise, as we thought this coffee house was a symbol of tradition and one of the best in Seattle. I'd tried Starbucks coffee in Miami (just like drinking Guinness in Buenos Aires) and I really liked it, it was something completely new for me, used to plain black coffee. To sum up, I don't know why this guy didn't like Starbucks, I did, as well as I liked other coffeehouses (Seattle's Best & some smaller ones). I think each one has its own features, and that's what make them special.
Favorite Dish: Tall mild coffee with brownies.
Starbucks: Stop, Look to your left and right, you found them!
Alot of people in the US wonder how coffee went from something that cost a nickel in a "coffee shop" into a 5-8 dollar experience.
One word... Starbucks. Only there, does a tall skinny no room make total sense when you actually want a small, lowfat milk to the top of the cup.
If you look on any given corner in Seattle, you will see at least three coffee shops.... which begs the question, do that many people drink this stuff?
Favorite Dish: Coffee of the day, $1.28!
You know how a good French...
You know how a good French wine always tastes better while sipping it in on a Parisian Boulevard?
Well the same concept applies to sipping drink at Starbucks!
Favorite Dish: Vanilla Latte
The Original Starbucks: The Original Starbucks
Not sure if this should be under Must See or Restaurants... but I digress. This is the original Starbucks. It doesn't look like much from the outside, does it?! The inside looks a lot like any other Starbucks, albeit a bit older. Anyway, this is worth visiting the say you've been to the original! :)
Cafe Starbucks: Cafe Starbucks
I think this is the only Cafe Starbucks in the world. This is a 'full-serve' (!) Starbucks restaurant that you can order entrees for dinner. Coffee-related desserts are ever present. The last time I was there, I ordered some espresso with ice cream, which they presented in a martini glass (!!). Forgot the name, though.
Favorite Dish: Coffee-related desserts. (more than just frapuccinos and mochas)
Starbucks: The Original!
Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 in the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Because the Market is a historic district with design guidelines, the store retains its original look.
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