dealscoffee tasting at starbucks stores on 1/12 - 1/14…

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I've tasted their coffee... no thanks.

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Who can turn down free coffee?

Even the coffee snobs for whom Starbucks is too hoi-polloi shouldn't complain; it's free. I'm sure you've all drunk worse at restaurants and hotels. (I drink worse at work every day).

It's about the atmosphere anyway... supposedly!

Anyhow- I'm in for some.

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Work there and we're probably sampling the new blonde blend of coffees: Willow and Veranda. Both are very light coffees and both are better than Pike's Place...which is just wretched. Don't understand why we have to brew that garbage everyday.

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I'll be the one giving out the samples in Norfolk.

If I remember right, if you pick the blonde, you get a coupon for money off a pound.

Unfortunately, the blonde roasts are awful, especially if your a bold fan.

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I'm excited to try the new blonde varieties, personally. Thanks for the heads up!

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I like my coffee like I like my dates: not blonde.

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@vyperstrike: @andr000: Are you prepared to start having people walk in and order a tall hot blonde?

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ahhhhh, free coffee, thanks!

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Thanks for the post. Looooooove Starbucks...

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um....i used to work @ sbux...and you can pretty much ask them to try their coffee any time....samples generally happen daily. not anything new.

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@andr000: Pike's is really a terrible blend. It doesn't even taste like coffee, which is saying something because I'm not extremely picky. Invariably, I pick whatever else is brewing.

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Does anyone know how this works exactly? Are there carafes or a manned stand set up in the store that you can sample from? If so will they be in operation all day? Or will you have to approach employees and ask for samples after waiting in line?

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@seahokedrama: I can turn down free CharredRocks any day. I'll do without rather than make do. Nasty stuff.

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I'd be more inclined to vote for Mexican Shade Grown and Cafe Estima since they were the top 2 blends for me and they got rid of them both to bring this Blonde crap in.

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I always took pride in never having set foot in a starbucks, but free coffee might make me make an exception.

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@panthiest: Just a counterculture thing, or because of the lame overpriced drinks? ...Because their coffee (the actual coffee) is much better than other on-the-road alternatives and the price is roughly the same, with discounted refills.

Employees are much better than Dunkin Donuts. The coffee is always fresher. The cashier gets your coffee immediately, so you don't need to wait with the weirdos in the latte line.

I'm not saying the coffee is amazing, just better than Dunkin Donuts and such. You're still better off skipping obligations, sleeping in, and brewing at home with quality beans. :p

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@gregorylikescheapstu: I've had people give me coffee from there before and it's not bad, but I think the whole thing is crazy. I usually just brew my own coffee, but when I'm traveling Dunkin Donuts tastes at least as good to me and is so much cheaper. If I liked something fancier than a medium black coffee (or the occasional chai thing with a shot of espresso added) I might be able to justify the expense of starbucks, but I don't.

I also tend to dislike the people who go to starbucks regularly and my answer of "I've never set foot in a starbucks and don't plan on starting to now" is a non-offensive way of getting out of spending more time than I have to with them.

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As long as it isn't their standard Pike's Peak brew I'd be game. That normal stuff though just tastes burnt... I don't know, there's something in that roasting process that I just don't like.

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I like my fancy coffee, and even though I've moved beyond Starbucks, I'm not feelin' the coffeesnob hate for them. I'll be there. Maybe.

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My keurig may get the day off one of those days. But probably not. A blonde roast sounds awful. It's like a light beer, just colored water.

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I would rather have walmart brand coffee...

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starbucks coffee is good but i think they always brew it wrong, i always brew it right. :)

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I'm a college student and I like to study while drinking coffee in a comfy chair at a location that is not my house. There are two coffee places near me. One is a Starbucks and the other isn't. While I'm not overly enamoured with how over roasted some of Starbucks' roasts are the other coffee place is so bad the baristas don't even know what a bloody French Press is!

So, I drink Starbucks.

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I love Italian roast. I don't have to do anything to it.

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@andr000: That "Garbage" helps pay your rent.

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@panthiest: I'd have to agree with you about the coffee snob thing, but not in all cases. There are a few workers and a few regulars I've seen from time to time that I find to be decent people, the employees especially. I don't like certain things Starbucks does, but they certainly don't hire delinquents.

Also if you don't want to be crowded by the snobs, use the drive thru if you have any by you :P

I can't really hold a case to compare DD's black coffee, but I know the past several times I've been there, a medium coffee with milk tastes rather funny. Both DD and Sbux grinds are pretty good, depending on the roast, but as far as an in-store experience, you get a lot more from starbucks nowadays, even if a regular coffee is a few cents more, I know their policy is to dump the coffee every 30-45 minutes whether or not it's used. I don't think Dunkin Donuts ever enforces that, and also because they're franchise based, not all centrally owned. Just my $.02, to each their own tho.

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Good for those who are coffee wimps. The Blonde is good for those who think Starbucks regular blends are too strong. It's probably along the same line as Dunkin Donuts, I'm told. Personally, I won't touch it.

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If you go, don't forget to ask for used coffee grounds for your compost pile! With this promo, they should have a lot. And please, don't try to rebrew it - YUCK!!!

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@amyb3641: seconded, no yellow-hairs! :^)

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As a Barista of 7 months now, i have to say this isn't something you want to miss if your a coffee drinker but think Starbucks just doesn't have something for you. We will be leading guided sampleings (at our location at least) of our new Blonde roast "Veranda" along with a medium "Pike" and a dark "Italian Roast". The pike is what our location brews all day everyday and is not personally a favorite of mine, Italian is a roast we brew some mornings and personally i love it. Our new "Blonde" end of the roast spectrum is for those who like lots of cream and sugar OR those who think we burn our coffee in the roasting process. I may end up guiding these tastings at my store and personally look foreword to it.

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I miss my local Starbucks having a Clover machine. It was fantastic.

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@pythos: I'd be curious about the new blonde, but I don't see it justifying taking away my 2 favorite blends of coffee beans :P