Starbucks Complaint - Pike Peak Coffee

Review by 4iiiz on 2008-05-31
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- For the past several years I've stopped in to a Starbucks in the afternoon for a cup of dark-roast coffee. A few weeks ago, I was told that Starbucks no longer brews dark-roast coffee after 12:00 -- a corporate wide decision. The young woman behind the counter told me that Starbucks had decided coffee drinkers didn't need the extra boost of dark roast in the afternoon and that the Pike's Peak brew would be sufficient.

Since when did Starbucks decide they could dictate what roast I want or need in the afternoon. Sorry, but I prefer dark roast and will now look to other coffeehouses to satisfy my afternoon fix.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-09-11
Posted by Principissa on 2008-05-31:
I really don't like Starbucks. Their coffee is so overpriced and it tastes like a really strong roofing tar. Went there twice and was extremely disappointed. Whenever we go home to NJ for a visit we make it a point to go to Wawa and get coffee. They brew all varieties fresh all day long. Down here we have a little shop in town called Acoustic Coffee and Tea. Not only do they beat Starbucks over priced swill by a landslide, they, like WaWa brew all varieties all day long. Try a local coffee and tea shop. Not only will their prices be better, but I can guarantee they will have what you want and won't dictate what their customers like to drink.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-31:
You could buy their dark roast ground coffee and make it at home so you could drink it in the afternoon. Their 1 lb bags cost about $10.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-01:
Thanks for a very helpful review! I love dark roast. I rarely buy Starbucks because it (IMO) is overpriced. But, I understand their decision. If they tracked coffee purchases and dark roast sales fell off in the afternoon, why continue to offer it? Why brew it only to pitch it? As the OP says, there are plenty of other coffee shops...patronize one serving coffee to your taste.
Posted by NikiBux on 2008-09-11:
That barista was misinformed. We (I say "we" because I work at Starbucks) don't dictate at exactly noon that darker-roast coffees will no longer be brewed. We have a certain amount that we brew all during the morning and threw out the day until we run out of our daily ration of that particular roast. Depending on how busy it is in the morning, and how often we have to re-brew the coffee itself, some days the dark-roast lasts until 4 or 5 pm.
Please don't blame the barista for a decision the company made. It's not her fault!

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