Although Starbucks might not be my favorite coffee house, I must admit, the fact that they around just about every second corner, has made me a regular customer.
I seldom drink a milky drink. I prefer my coffee black with no sugar. And this is where Starbucks really lose points with me. I drink coffee because I love love love coffee. I do not know if I have succeeded in clarifying just how much I love coffee, but really, I do love coffee. It is by far my favorite drink. I find coffee calming, reassuring and comforting. If I am homesick or just not myself, I drink coffee. If I am happy and content, I drink coffee. When I wake up, I drink coffee. And when I cannot sleep, I drink coffee…. No, don’t go there: it is not my coffee drinking habits that has led to insomnia. It is rather insomnia that has increase my coffee consumption since I now drink in the early morning hours too.
I regularly order an Americano at Starbucks and every time before I take a sip, I brace myself for that acidic bad taste I know I am going to get. I specifically ask for an Americano, since it is a freshly brewed espresso with water and yet, it tastes like the coffee that has been sitting in a flask or coffee pot for way to long. And then secondly, to make matters way worse: Starbucks only serve coffee in to go containers. When I sit down to drink coffee, I actually want my coffee in a porcelain cup. It tastes way better. I know, that probably increase the price of their coffee since they would need to hire a dishwasher. But just think about it, would it not be nice to park the bike, and drink a decent cup of coffee in a porcelain mug? I have actually considered carrying one with me on my bike. No, not a metal cup, a porcelain one. It is something that would make me very happy and make me enjoy my coffee more. And just maybe, their so-called Americano would taste better.
Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I do sometimes resort to a milky (almond milk that is) drink. But only occasionally, normally when I am exhausted, or just a little under the weather emotionally. It is way too sweet and should not be called coffee. Also, I worked hard to burn those calories, one milky drink from Starbucks destroys all the effort I put into burning calories on my bike.
Starbucks, you will always be on my routes and so I will always be a loyal customer. I am just saying it could be better! My favorite Starbucks on route is the one on at the REI store downtown. Take the Mary Carter/ South Platter trail downtown. Close to the Aquarium. I often do a 80km circle route: Mary Carter/South-Platte to Confluence Park, connect with Cherry Creek trail until you hit the Highline Canal trail, close to Cherry Creek Reservoir, or continue on the Cherry Creek till you intersect the C470 trail and head back to Mary Carter. I park at the Carson Nature center and jump on the Mary Carter trail. You can go downtown all the way without ever cycling or crossing a road. This loop is fairly flat and nice for distance.