Rant: Why Starbucks is overrated

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Marco Paköeningrat

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Starbucks is a world-famous coffee house chain with 32,646 stores worldwide as of 2020. It’s one of the most well-known restaurants in the U.S and is generally very well regarded. However, I think that it’s stupid that it gets so much fanfare. Starbucks has a lot of exposure which it doesn’t deserve for a multitude of reasons. For example, they are so specific with their drinks and how you want them made, yet they manage to get your name wrong. How do they manage to remember “venti-sized black coffee with two shots of soy milk, three ice cubes, the third ice cube shaved three quarters off, 17 sprinkles of sugar, two grains of salt, and change that venti size to a grande” yet somehow spell your name wrong? One time, I went into a Starbucks and they spelled, “Amy”, wrong. They spelled it like, “Amee”, which doesn’t make any sense.
Furthermore, they also don’t know what “light ice” means. I went into a Starbucks once and asked for a Pink Drink with light ice; they filled more than half the cup with ice and gave me very little to drink. And they do that so often; it’s infuriating. Something else about it is that the food they serve there is so gross. Their muffins somehow manage to taste stale; I didn’t even know muffins could do that. I ordered their muffins on three separate occasions and they all tasted the same, stale and gross. I’m not even going to talk about their cookies which are so hard and difficult to chew.
Something else that grinds my gears is their cup sizes; they suck. Their smalls make sense, but the large cups come in three different sizes like it’s having an identity crisis. It’s honestly so incredibly extra and unnecessary. For me, their largest dilemma is that they manage to mess up one of my favorite drinks: hot chocolate. I know they use milk to make them, which is the only way to make hot chocolate; using water to make hot chocolate is a sin, but it tastes as if they make it with water. I don’t know why it tastes like that, but it’s so bland. I will give this to Starbucks, their cake pops are pretty good. But then again, every other of their foods I’ve tried was nasty. The last thing is that the people that get Starbucks get so triggered whenever you say something bad about it, that’s not a problem of the restaurant, but it still irks me nonetheless. Starbucks is honestly the very definition of trying too hard to be good and ending up being bad. Unlike Dunkin’ Donuts which is incredible in almost every way.

S.Lock [Lock].2021 April. (Starbucks Store Statistics) https://www.statista.com/tatistics/218366/number-of-international-and-us-starbucks-stores/