Author: Blinkie

Is there really a difference between all those different kinds of coffee?

Yes, the same way there's a difference between different types of beer or wine. Coffee beans grown in different locations will be a little different from each other. Different growing techniques, seasons, fertilizers — all kinds of things can change the exact nature of the bean. On top of that, there are different ways of roasting the beans that have a huge impact on the final product. These days Starbucks coffee is divvied into categories according to how “dark” the roast is. A really dark roast like Italian Roast will taste way different from a light roast like Veranda. Baristas are required to sample the various coffees for sale. If you ask one, they can give you an idea of what you might want to try. In case you're wondering (and you probably weren't), my personal favorite is...

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Why does Starbucks coffee taste like crap?

Taste is a subjective thing. Some people like Starbucks coffee, some don't. I'm not a connoisseur or a snob — I've drunk a lot of different brands in my life and the only kinds I don't like are super-dark roasts, robusta types, and instant (bleh). The reason it's often called “Charbucks” is because they roast their beans longer than most coffee roasters do. This does tend to give it a darker flavor, and the really dark roasts can taste “burnt” to some people (I'm looking at you, Italian Roast). On the other hand, some people like their coffee super-dark. If the darker roasts taste terrible to you, you can always try one of the lighter blends. Recently they introduced their “blonde” roasts, like Veranda or Willow — try one of these and see if you like it better. Most stores will brew up a fresh cup in a French Press for you if you ask, it takes just a few minutes extra. If that still doesn't float your boat, try checking your area for local coffee roasters or coffee shops. Keep trying until you find something that works for...

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Why is Starbucks coffee so expensive? Coffee isn’t worth five bucks!

Ah yes, the legendary “five dollar cup of coffee”. It doesn’t exist, not if you’re talking about plain old drip coffee. A cup of regular coffee will cost you between a buck fifty and two bucks. That’s no five dollars, but it’s still more expensive than your average gas station or convenience store. What do you get for that extra money? First of all, you know exactly what kind of beans you’re getting. These days Starbuckses all brew the Pike Place blend, with some stores offering other options during busy hours. This may matter to you, or it may not. Secondly, you know the coffee you get is an hour old or less. Coffee is thrown out an hour after it’s brewed, instead of sitting on a burner all day. So you don’t get that nasty leftover...

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That new blog smell is back!

That’s right, I’ve changed everything around all over again and moved to WordPress. I figure, LiveJournal is dying, Tumblr isn’t quite right for me, Twitter is great for random thoughts but bad for longer ones, Facebook is Facebook, Google Plus is made of tumbleweeds,┬áb2evolution is somewhat lacking in the ease-of-use department … I have this sweet domain, I might as well use it. Hopefully I’ll be posting more now that it’s...

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