Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Venti Annoying

Today's topic of choice: coffee. Why? Because this morning McDonald's screwed up mine. Which has happened 3 times now since I decided to get McDonald's in the mornings instead of Starbucks because it's delicious and cheap. So I thought I'd post briefly about the three main coffee places around here:

Starbucks

YAY: I love Starbucks, as we all know. At Starbucks, they always get your drink right, and if they don't, or even if you think they didn't, they remake it for you. Also, making coffee drinks is all Starbucks does (you're not fooling us with those breakfast sandwiches, marketing staff, nice try). Which means they can concentrate on getting it right. You get the milk you want, the number of pumps of flavor you want, the shots of espresso you want, etc. No hassle.

BOO: Way way way too expensive. Honestly. Breaking the bank over here. And more than that, I actually don't care for Starbucks' actual coffee coffee. I like their lattes and other such drinks, but their actual coffee is not my favorite.

Dunkin Donuts

YAY: Dunkin Donuts, on the other hand, DOES have great coffee coffee. I like the medium french vanilla with skim milk. Hot coffee is their second specialty, behind donuts, and it shows. They don't burn it like Starbucks, and their sizes for hot coffee are reasonable and also called reasonable names. Oh, and their coffee is reasonably priced.

BOO: They put too many pumps of flavor in their flavored coffee, which is why I get french vanilla - that's the flavor of the beans and therefore the coffee does not include syrup. Also, their iced coffee has actual sugar in it, which means the sugar goes down to the bottom of the cup and congeals and does not actually flavor the rest of the coffee. (I know you can get liquid sugar, but the same pumping issues exist there.) Also, their lattes are not so hot.

McDonalds

YAY: Cheap cheap cheap. And extremely delicious. I don't know what it is about McDonald's iced coffee, but I just love it. And the fact that I could get about 3 of these for the price of one at Starbucks makes it that much better. (Also, their new cubicle' ad campaign is fabulous.)

BOO: In order to get this cup of deliciousness, I have to wait in line with a bunch of really annoying people and then deal with a cashier who has no idea about... well, really anything, but especially about coffee. But I can put up with that, if once I order my coffee it comes out right. But it rarely does. At McDonald's, your options are cream or skim milk, but I don't know why they have those options, since they always just put cream in the cup no matter what you ordered. Then instead of admitting maybe they're a bunch of idiots who screwed up your drink and just going ahead and remaking your coffee, they proceed to insist that it's GOT to be skim milk in your cup, because there's no mark on the cup. (?) Does it, McDonald's? Does it? That doesn't even make sense. Thanks for ruining my coffee AND my waistline.

So the moral of the story is, coffee shops, please get your **** together. Honestly. How hard is it?

3 comments:

Mark said...

I love your coffee rant. My take: McD, you get what you pay for. Starbucks, I like to order a medium and let them figure it out.

And as a partner in an independent coffee shop, yes the drinks are expensive, no we're not rolling in the money, and yes, sometimes it is that hard.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the comment Mark. I should have specified - independent coffee shops are exempt from my rant. :) I'm annoyed at the chains today. And thanks for the insight!

Ryan said...

I laughed out loud at your title. I'm not sure what Venti means and I don't drink coffee, but still humorous.