At Startbucks you get a cup of milk. Literally. It's as if you asked for "milk with coffee" instead of "coffee with milk." Great for inducing diarrhea, but that's about it. See exhibit A.
Does no one know what the heck COFFEE is supposed to look like before they sell it for $3!?
I gave up on starbucks years ago!! even if I ordered a quad shot, it still tasted like milk and I do NOT like milk. I love iced coffee and finally resigned myself to making my own!! At least if it tastes crappy, I can complain to me about it and I haven't spent $6 for something I throw away!!
Iced coffee? Pretty much sacrilege over here, and in Italy, it would be considered the act of a barbarian. As for Starbucks - when they first opened a branch in Zurich, they nearly died, and had to pretty much shut down until they rethought their formulas and started serving coffee at European qualities and tastes. It is still considered pretty bad, compared to any local Lavazza or even Tschibo, but at least it is better now than it was, and you can do a decent cuppa when you absolutely need it. More than that you can't expect from there. If I want a large cup of coffee here, were call it an American, and serve it, alas, weaker than a "normal" coffee, but outside of Starbucks, I have not seen iced coffee on offer. You have to remember, this is country where most people have their own expresso or Nespresso machine at home, and grinding your own at home is about as common as it gets. In fact, I am an oddity in that I don't have any coffee making apparatus in the house. But then, at home, I have either tisane or a non coffee containing coffee substitute (which tastes like a decent German coffee), or I wouldn't sleep.
I do know that Starbucks is not a good cup of coffee and I think it is more of a status symbol in the US than coffee being purchased b/c it is good!!
It's definitely not about the coffee, I've come to understand. It's about "Venti Non-Fat Dirty Chai."
thanks for the laugh!!