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May 7, 2012 9:54 AM
Here's a fun easy topic for a Monday! What is your favorite place to buy coffee?

McDonald's 99 cent-er?
Starbucks Specialties?
Thorton's 89 cents!?!?!

I was hooked on McDonald's for the longest time but now I find myself shifting back to Starbucks...blonde roast, lot's of cream one sugar drinker
May 7, 2012 9:55 AM
Favorite drip coffee Au Bon Pain
Favorite frilly coffee Starbucks
May 7, 2012 9:56 AM
Tully's. Don't tell, I'lll be kicked out of the PNW.
May 7, 2012 9:56 AM
There is a tiny coffee truck right outside my office that puts Starbuck's to shame. And it's about one quarter of the price!
May 7, 2012 10:00 AM
Thornton's used to have good coffee, but now it stinks b/c they got rid of their larger size.
May 7, 2012 10:03 AM
Somehow over the past couple of years, I have become a super coffee snob, so my choices are the following order of preference:
1. Local indie coffee shop that serves beans roasted less than 1 week ago
2. Peets or Local coffee shop with lower quality beans than #1, but excellent preparation technique
15. Starbucks (if there is no other option or I want a sugary coffee drink and Peet's isn't available)
50. 7-11, McDs, BK, Gas Station, Fast Food Places if I am absolutely desperate for caffeine

Indie Coffee Snob Cafe > Peets > Starbucks for barrista skill level (and latte art)

The other thing about option 1: The coffee tastes so different, I can forgo sugar in espresso drinks: lattes, cappuccino, and gibraltars. At starbucks, I can't because the coffee is too bitter.
May 7, 2012 10:03 AM
We buy flavored roasts at the market, grind them and brew at home. Saves a ton of money. I love the chocolate flavored ones... ;)
May 7, 2012 10:04 AM
Dunkin' Donuts has the BEST coffee. That is the only thing I will go there for.
May 7, 2012 10:05 AM
ive never been to starbucks or any other coffee shops, ive never bought one from mcdonalds either
May 7, 2012 10:06 AM
I am totally a Honey Dew girl but, I am only drink one cup a day now so I just wait until I get to the's brewed fresh & free.
May 7, 2012 10:06 AM
I brew my own, and we buy Kivu Caramel Swirl. Though the Costa Rica blend is yummo too! I add 2 TB of creamer (either sugar free vanilla caramel or low fat vanilla bliss) and sometimes a squirt of Torani White Chocolate. If I am feeling coffee house creative I get the Readi whip & s/f Caramel sauce & ice it up. Better than Starbucks! drinker
May 7, 2012 10:07 AM
Classy Couture runs on Dunkins.
May 7, 2012 10:07 AM
May 7, 2012 10:07 AM

We buy flavored roasts at the market, grind them and brew at home. Saves a ton of money. I love the chocolate flavored ones... ;)

Chocolate Caramel is my favorite.

But at work we have Jan's Java. A small independent coffee keos that puts Starbucks to shame.
May 7, 2012 10:08 AM
May 7, 2012 10:09 AM
My fav is Peet's 'Major ****ason's Blend' beans, grind it at home is small batches and make coffee.
May 7, 2012 10:10 AM
I prefer indie coffee shops but I get a lot of Starbucks because they are everywhere and they give me a discount (free soy/syrups plus free drink every 15 purchases) because I have a black card.
May 7, 2012 10:10 AM
Community Coffee! Dark Roast - Straight up!
May 7, 2012 10:10 AM

Tully's. Don't tell, I'lll be kicked out of the PNW.

Only someone who's truly from the PNW knows that Tully's is the superior coffee!

As I have reloacted to the South, I've had to find a more local flavor. Little Lady Coffee and Paneara's Hazelnut coffee here!
May 7, 2012 10:12 AM
I am the ultimate coffee snob... lol I use my own automatic espresso machine at home to make my coffee... saves a ton of money over going out for coffee...
May 7, 2012 10:12 AM
I prefer to make my coffee at my house, it seems to always taste better and I can better custom it to how I'd like it smile
May 7, 2012 10:13 AM
On a quick day I grab a Dunkin Donuts. If I have a little extra time I go for a Cumberland Farms (You make it yourself and it's only 99 cents). On a cheat day, I grab a Honey Dew Mocha Madness iced coffee yummmmmmmmm

But if I can, I have coffee at home, which is maybe 2 times a week. I worked at a coffee shop for 7 years, so I can make a mean cup'o'joe laugh
Edited by HelloSweetie4 On May 7, 2012 10:14 AM
May 7, 2012 10:16 AM
Stop spending oodles of money on coffee. Dear god, it adds up quicker than you think. Invest in a Keurig. Set yourself a target price for K cups. My goal is 60 cents or less a cup. The average is 90 cents or more per cup. I have succeeded getting in the 47 cents a cup range. Keep 2 or 3 flavored creamers on hand. The possibilities are endless. Each cup is fresh and hot (or cold if you wanna do iced coffee like I do). And you know exactly what's going in it.
May 7, 2012 10:16 AM
For a long time I used Boca Java. Liked their "Light Up Los Olas" the best. After they were sold (and bought) the coffee was similar in quality but we decided it was more expensive than we wanted to continue to spend, so after 8 years, we dropped them.

I brew Starbucks at home and at the office. Grind my own at home and have to have the coffee ground for the office coffee group. "Tribute" is my favorite (a limited release coffee). I like Italian and Cafe Verona. Pike is a nice alternative and what we generally use at the office.

There are also a couple of local coffee suppliers/roasters that are quite good.

Large cups, two tsp sugar w/ H&H. My sugar use has gone down.

Life is too short for bad coffee.
May 7, 2012 10:18 AM
At home, I love Van Houtte's coffee. I usually have either the chocolate or butterscotch flavored variety.

Coffee while out is always Starbucks... Grande Skinny Caramel Macchiato :D

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