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On the up side you know what you are getting when you enter a Starbucks, which I do rarely for just a normal coffee, but they do the best frappacinos of all the major chains.
The interiors of Starbucks are much of a muchness with wooden tables/chairs and stools against bars and in London I find there are always people drinking coffee whilst working on their laptops, making use of the free wifi.
The coffee is ok, I would not say its great, and often I find the filter coffee is rather strong and bitter, then then I'm not into stron coffee. The frappacinos are by far the best thing they sell, iced coffee topped with cream, umm. I also occassionally like their chai latte, although a little sweet I prefer to their hot coffees, one could have tea, but then who goes to Starbucks for a cup of tea?
The problem I have is that Starbucks is taking over the world, or at least London where they seem to be on very second street. But, there were also Starbucks when I went to China, a coffee there costing about the same as amount as eating at a local restaurant! I wouldn't say its coffee is cheap in the UK, you will have to part with at least £2 for their smallest size take out coffee, and frappacinos, depending on the size and sort are over £3.
I haven't tried many of their cakes, but I found the cheesecake to be quite good. I don't eat wheat, so there isn't much choice for me, I can't eat the sandwiches and I have to work around the cakes, ie. order cheesecake and pick the biscuit base off. Before I became wheat intolerant I did like to occasionally get the syrup waffles with coffee at Starbucks, then balance the syrup waffle on the cup so the coffee heats it and makes the syrup go gooey, this was good!
Staff are so so, and sometimes service is quite slow, annoying if you want to grab a quick take out. The coffee shops all take on the same look, but some are far more comfortable than others, and have nice sofas, rather than just wooden tables and chairs. I find Starbucks generally child friendly, and there's juice which i get my child, or simply ask for a glass of tap water.
The advantage with Starbucks, like most chains is you know what the quality is like, and I would say the quality of the products is good, although a little expensive. They also have a good range of coffees, lattes, specials, frappacinos and teas.
Starbucks is a huge coffee chain originally started in the USA. Now in the UK and especially in London there are branches every few meters.
I am a huge Starbucks fan for a special treat, as a lot of their drinks are full of naughty calories, and also attack my bank balance hugely.
There are 3 sizes, tall, grande and venti. Venti is only for the hardcore fans with large stomachs, it really is absolutely massive. Tall is more than adequate to fill your bladder in no time. Drinks cost between £2.10 and £4.
You can buy a range of hot or cold drinks, any drink can have syrup added to it, like caramel, chocolate or hazelnut. You can also add extra coffee shots, get many types of tea, coffee or frappucino (cold coffee). There are also some tasty blended fruit juice drinks.
They also have a selection of paninis which they heat up for you, and many cakes and pastries. The food is good but quite expensive and I certainly wouldnt pay over £2 for a very small slice of cake to eat in.
I had a bad experience in the Balham branch, showing that not all branches are the same. The drink tasted horrible, we had to wait for ages despite there being no queue. I complained to starbucks customer service and they kindly sent me 3 vouchers so I was able to treat my friends yesterday to a venti of their choice.
I will continue to buy my favourite mocha frappucino with cream on top, and the soy chai tea latte (very naughty treats) now and again, but I always get takeaway in the summer and find somewhere nice to sit outside. Try the Starbucks thats half way up the road from embankment station to charing cross. The staff are quick, very friendly and the drinks taste great. Also theres a lovely park right opposite.
Well what can I say - If you've never been you must! Starbucks is coffee at it's best.
The Restaurants are all lovely with mostly comfortable seating generally (some smaller ones can't fit in lots of comfy chairs), our main one is in the upstairs of a New Look Shop. The restaurants are generally clean and well looked after, I always find they have a lovely atmosphere with large pictures on the walls. The counter is full of nice cake and snack goodies that I can't resist. They have a good selection of cakes/pastries and sandwhiches/panini's at reasonable prices. Once you've made your order you move to one side and wait for your drink to be made up.
There are three sizes of drinks Tall (small 12oz), Grande (medium 16oz) and Venti (large 20oz in hot and 24oz in cold).
There are all the choices of coffee's, hot chocolate and tea's. With all hot drinks you can add flavours if you wish such as hazelnut, peppermint or caramel. I love hot chocolate and peppermint or coffee and hazlenut. Sometimes they have offers and idea's up on the board to try. Their cold drinks called frapachino's are basically milkshakes or cold coffee's. I've tried a strawberry one in the summer and it's delicious very creamy and strawberry!
All their food is delicious and very tasty. I love starbucks ethics, they try and use fairtrade and care for the environment. If you are into gardening then they often have bags of used coffee grounds which can be added to your compost bin or directly onto the ground - it's great for the garden and they're free, last time they even brought me a bag over to put them in as I'd taken two for my garden. However don't keep them in their sealed bag because they go mouldy - tip them straight onto garden or compost.
I can't go by without talking about the taste, there really is something amazing about the taste of good coffee and hot chocolate for that matter.
The prices I believe reflect the great coffee, so they start from around £2.30 to £2.90 for a Tall (small) drink but to be honest this is enough for me the large is huge!! Cakes start from around £1.50 and sandwiches from around £2.50.
I have always found the service to be excellent, usually well presented staff and always smily and helpful. I guess if they have the odd cup of coffee in their break no wonder they're happy!!
Great place to have a coffee and meet friends, a lovely atmosphere.
I'm definitely a Starbucks girl. On the rare occasion that I go to a different coffee shop, I sit there thinking 'this coffee's not as good as Starbucks' and wishing I was in my favourite haunt.
Starbucks offer a vast range of hot drinks- two choices of filter coffee, latte, cappucino, mocha, hot chocolate, caramel macchiato, espresso as well as their legendary range of iced frappucinos.
I'm a bit of a coffee tart, my favourite one week will be out of favour the next. My current favourite is a skinny decaf mocha as I'm currently breast feeding. I always go for a Grande (medium) size as you get two shots of coffee in a Grande, which for me is the perfect ration of coffee to milk. A tall (smaller and with just one shot) or a venti (bigger and still two shots) are both a little weak for me. Other top drinks are caramel macchiato, hazelnut cappucino and at Christmas, a gingerbread latte.
I also love the range of food at Starbucks. It's not particularly healthy, although they do offer some salads which are yummy, but I've always found the food to be of a high quality and pretty delicious. I particularly like the skinny muffins, lower in sugar and fat than the standard versions, although still not exactly a health food. My favourites are skinny stem ginger and skinny lemon and poppyseed. Starbucks also do a good range of sandwiches and hot paninis, although I wish they had a greater range of vegetarian options.
I also like the fact that all of Starbucks' Espresso is now fairtrade, meaning that all the coffee in their lattes, cappucinos etc is bought at a fair price for the farmers, which is good to know.
I know that some people feel that Starbucks is expensive, but as far as I can see it's pretty similarly priced to other coffee shops. I also make sure I take advantage of any offers they have- thanks to having a Starbucks card I was sent a book of vouchers for 50p off my coffee each day in January. I also use my Starbucks card to pay so I get free Soya and flavoured syrups in my drinks which saves a few pennies.
Starbucks is an American Coffee chain that has really flourished since opening numerous branches within England. The branch has an American 'feel' to it, with loads of coffee related decorations within each outlet.
There are a wide range of coffees to choose from, even ranging from hot or cold drinks. There are regular coffee types availiable, such as Lattes, Americanos, Cappuccinos etc, but there are also some more unorthadox flavours that are run at different times (for example, orange and chocolate, banana and toffee) are a couple of flavours I have seen.
But perhaps my favourite type of drink at starbucks are the cold, almost milkshake type Coffee drinks availiable there. They add milk, ice and other flavours etc and blend it into a lovely cold iced coffee that tastes amazing.
As well as coffees, the outlet also offers a range of cakes and pastries that are awesome to have with your chosen coffee. As you would expect with a big chain, the staff are well trained and informed, and the service provided is of really good quality (both the quality of the coffees made and the quality of service).
I would recommmend this place to coffee lovers and people who need 15 minutes to relax!
Star bucks is fairly expensive in terms of the price of a basic cup of coffee although they do offer free refills (not many people know this). There is not a massive selection of savoury food but they do have an array of cakes and other sweet backed products.
Despite these bad points and the coffee not being out of this world, I really like Star Bucks. Being a chain they are all almost identical inside with a selection of café style table and chairs and soft seating areas with sofas, arm chars and stools. Star Bucks has a very relaxing air about it, there are no bright lights and the atmosphere is cosy.
The section of coffees they have on offer is vast, drinks come in 3 different sizes, with not an awful lot of difference in the prices of the smallest and the larges. You can have almost any type of mile you choose, including soya and they have several different flavours of coffee syrup. They do of course serve tea and have a wide selection of cold drinks. They do some fantastic limited addition coffees and Christmas time and other occasions which are well worth trying.
I am a huge fan of all things starbucks. I love the coffee, hot chocolate, and I especially love the cakes.
The great thing about starbucks is that you can find them anywhere!! Anywhere you go in the Uk you are bound to find a starbucks somewhere.
It is a well known brand that you can really trust! They have such a wide range of products in the drinks and food section. They have some irrisistable cakes, and i especially love the chocolate fudge cake. I am really impressed that many of the large stores actually sell gluten free sandwiches and cakes. Every cake has a label on it telling you if it is suitable if you are coeliac or vegetarian or are allergic to nuts. I think this is important as many retailers seem to overlook some peoples specific needs.
The starbucks stores are really great. They all have really comfy sofas and tables and chairs and many of them now have wi-fi access too so you can go and relax and do your work!! It is a really great enviromentand staff are always friendly and helpful. The place is always clean and very well run with hardly any cues. I have found this is most starbucks stores I have visited.
I think the products they sell are quite pricy at on average £3.00 for a coffee and £3.00 for a bit of cake but I guess you get what you pay for and this is certainly the case here as the coffee is very high quality as is the hot chocolate and the cakes are always really fresh and there is a huge variety to choose from! Take away is also avaliable and prices for this differ from that of the eat in.
I would definately recommend stopping off at your next starbucks for a coffee or hot chocolate and be sure to have a bit of cake!!