The Blue Collar View on Starbucks

Not too long ago, I got a work order to install a sink in a Starbucks. Different Starbucks have had other work orders for me in the past, like fixing an awning, unclogging their toilet, and fixing some ceiling tiles.

Because of the work, I really can’t say that Starbucks sucks. Anyone who pays the bills is okay by me, right?

Starbucks Sink

A new sink for Starbucks

But I have to give my view on Starbucks anyway. Every time I go in there for a job, I just think of it as a dork-heaven where all the dorks are on their laptops, and they all think they’re the coolest.

Starbucks is for yuppies. Can anyone really disagree?

The people who work there are nice enough. They usually offer me free coffee when I do work for them. But I don’t really drink coffee, I stick with Mountain Dew, so I always say no.

And that’s pretty much my thoughts on Starbucks. The company is cool for giving me some work and for offering free coffee (even though I think coffee tastes like… well… only swear words come to mind). And the people who go there like to show off their laptops with the little apple on the back.


The Blue Collar View on Starbucks — 42 Comments

    • Haha, I bet your dad and I would get along great then! I hoped I wouldn’t offend people — I figure a lot of bloggers probably like Starbucks, but I figured that I gotta be honest.

  1. I also like coffee, but I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on a single cup of coffee. To be honest, while I enjoy coffee, I really can’t tell the difference in a Starbucks regular coffee or the kind I can brew at home. Maybe I am just not educated enough in coffee.

  2. I love coffee and I love free (or “free” really) wireless internet, so if I need a change of pace from the library, then I’ll get stuff done on the weekends there. This is especially true in icky weather — people watching plus working inside plus coffee equals worth every bit of $4.
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    • Can’t blame you for liking the free internet and a change of scenery from the library — question is, do you have an apple computer, or do you not really fit in? :-)

  3. Their coffee is good for only one thing (assuming you intend to ingest it, not just use the grounds in compost): mixing with sugar, milk, and artificial flavorings. It’s terrible stuff.

    IMHO if you’re going to buy restaurant coffee on the fly, you’ll do better at McDonald’s and far better at Dunkin’ Donuts.
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  4. Your attitude reminds me of the jolly character in your Gravatar. I see many kids on their laptops in Starbucks, but most are college students. I have personally spent time on my laptop in Starbucks (Sony Vaio, not a Mac), and I did so purely to avoid excessive heat in my apartment.
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  5. Ha! I totally agree. Starbucks is a yuppie place to spend a lot for coffee you could make at home for 10% of the price. When I was younger, I used to enjoy coffee shops – mainly because there weren’t many other places to go. Now, I’d rather stay at home for things like that.
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    • When I was a kid we’d hang at the mall or “loiter” in front of 7-11s…never a coffee shop though! I went to the mall with my daughters recently and while we were sitting on a bench eating a cookie, I watched 3 young teenage girls get some coffee-ccino type drink from a coffee place and go into a clothing store. Right before my girls and I got up from the bench, one of those teenage girls came quickly and quietly out of the store, poured out about half that drink into a garbage can, and slid back into the store. My guess? She hates that crap but wanted to look cool by having it. Lol, she’s a soon-to-be Starbucks yuppie, I can just sense it. :-)

  6. I used to gate the smell of coffee but then got a job in a convenience store where my job was to make coffee! They stood enough that the first the hours of my day ALL of my time was spent getting coffee. I got use to the angel pretty quick.

    A couple years ago, somebody gave me a Starbucks gifted as a gift.lasted about two uses, but by registering it, I now get a free drink every year for my birthday. That’s about the extent of my Starbucks drinking these days.
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    • Free stuff ain’t so bad. And if you like coffee, then a free cup every year might be cool. If they would give me free Mountain Dews then I’d be happier.

    • Not sure there’s such a thing as a cool dork. Sorry. But we’ll still like you and visit your blog even though you’re a Starbucks dork. :-)

    • Yep, you won’t fit in without an apple. You’ll be the laughing stock of the whole place! Guess someone has to be the outcast though. :-)

  7. I never liked coffee, so never really got into the whole Starbucks thing. I did have to order coffee for a friend once and got so confused on the whole venti, grande thing I was sweating before I got the order done. What happened to plain old black coffee? We don’t even have one here, and the culture is different. Ranchers, cowboys, oil workers, yes. Yuppies, no.
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  8. Mr. PoP buys coffee beans there for making his own espresso at home – he’s an espresso addict. He claims that they’re the freshest, most consistently roasted beans in town – which is apparently important. =P
    Personally, I don’t mind Starbucks for the occasional change of scenery or cheap gossip date with the girlfriends, but I was never a big fan of the food or drinks.
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  9. It has to be an emergency for me to buy coffee out, and then it has to be Panera or Royal Farms because you can fix yer own. I don’t know how to order coffee in those fancy-schmancy places. And I don’t want to pay $5 for a cup.

    We brew it by the potful at home. What’s so hard about putting some in a big insulated mug and taking it in the car? As for Mountain Dew, sorry if this is sacrilege to you, but some stores have “store brand” substitutes (think “Mountain Lion” at Food Lion) and it seems like exactly the same thing for 1/2 the price.
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  10. Teehee I agree! As a yuppie, I could never work on my lap top in a coffee shop, too crowded and loud! I like the coffee, because compared to the sewer water that’s typically available around here, it IS better.

    Your assessment of the employees is about right too. My sister worked at a Starbucks for years and as much as she hated the clientèle, she loved her co-workers!
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  11. I love this post! LOL. And I soooo agree. I am a coffee snob and I do buy the $4 coffees. But I also brew at home so I don’t discriminate.

  12. I feel I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks. I must admit, I love the feel of the place, people can hang out there. It’s usually where the bf and I meet our realtor when were looking to put in an offer on a potential house. But yes, it is definitely overpriced. That’s why I only go there once in a blue moon on my own. Sometimes I’ll actually have buyer’s remorse after I’ve bought one of their specialty drinks. Ha ha. ($4 for a drink?!?! WTF?!?!)
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  14. great post i feel the same…..i have once had starbucks coffee….we were working on a job in the same mall and it was cold…went in starbucks to warm up…while htere someone took our four wheel drive lift whichis a storyalll by itself…

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