6 Reasons Starbucks Reigns Above All Other Coffee Shops
Politics and Activism

6 Reasons Starbucks Reigns Above All Other Coffee Shops

Grande over medium, any day.

Robert Claypool on Flickr

If you're a serious coffee drinker, you are probably very vocal about where you get your coffee and why you get it there. I am well aware of the stereotypes associated with Starbucks – it's for "white girls" in Uggs who like to flash the mermaid logo as a status symbol. Because of these stereotypes, I have put in every ounce of effort to deter myself from being obsessed with such a mainstream establishment.

But I surrender. If you know me at all, you know I love my Starbucks. And I can assure you, it's not because of some stupid status symbol.

1. Trendy vibe.

Starbucks has a pretty distinct trendy vibe. A lot of people who find it too mainstream gravitate to the Mom and Pop coffee shops with more of a cozy feel. A lot of my friends say they like Caribou better because it feels more "home-y." I beg to differ. While some may like the relaxed cabin-feel of a Caribou, I prefer places that provoke a feeling of fast-paced energy. And that's Starbucks.

2. Stellar customer service.

Starbucks wouldn't be its fast-paced, energetic self without its employees. I can't say I've ever had a terrible experience with someone who works at Starbucks. They're almost always friendly, outgoing and willing to make your drink exactly how you want it (even if you order a "Grande triple-shot almond latte, but not too much almond, and can it be sugar free, and can I have that made with skim milk?")

3. Drink consistency.

Go to a Starbucks in Moorhead, Minnesota, or go to one in New York City, and you'll get the exact same taste at both locations. I can't say the same for some of Starbucks' competitors. At other coffee shops, I'll have a phenomenal nonfat latte one day, and the next it tastes like it was scorched to ash somewhere in the deepest dungeons of hell. There's some comfort in knowing what you're going to get. It's kind of like watching the same favorite movie a million times... it's nice knowing everything is going to work out.

4. You can call ahead.

And even when it seems like it's not going to work out, it can. How many times have you overslept by a half hour and left the house with wet hair and an empty hand because you didn't have time to brew your own coffee or wait in line? Not to worry! At Starbucks, you can call ahead and they'll have it ready for you when you get there. Now there is no excuse to be crabby and miserable all day. There is no excuse to skip the caffeine.

5. You can be a gold member!

What's not to love about being a gold member? It makes you sound special and important. Not to mention, for every 125 stars earned through purchases, you'll get a free beverage of your choice in any size! And if you're an avid coffee drinker like me, that money saved adds up to quite a bit.

6. Great people-watching.

Although Starbucks has acquired a stereotype, the actual demographic of customers reaches much further than just "white girls." I also just realized that I have never walked into an empty Starbucks. Most tables are almost always occupied, making it prime people-watching territory.

Although you might find Starbucks too mainstream, you have to admit they know what they're doing. The efficiency, consistency and customer service practiced makes Starbucks my automatic go-to when I need a quick caffeine boost. And I'm willing to bet it will be yours too if you give it a chance.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 5 Black Handbag Designers Should Be On Every Accessory Lover's Radar

With the push to support more Black-owned businesses, we've put together a list of Black owned handbag designers.

Ever since the current upheaval of societal silence happening in the country caused by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a bigger push for people to support Black-owned businesses.

Granted, there are a lot fo Black-owned businesses to support, it just takes time to find them. With that being said, fashion is a sector, just like any sector really, in a culture that still has people of color calling out for more diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because Therapy Dogs Aren't Just Cute, They're Working

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

There are many different ways people overcome obstacles in their lives. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding therapy is slowly (but surely) slipping away and we're opening up about our problems and needs. For some, a good workout is just as relaxing. Others are learning how meditation can be a helpful tool in their mental health journey.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments