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Lower Latte Factor…

The New York Times article today said that Starbucks reported their earning dropped 21% last quarter. The company blamed the rough economic environment. I am not surprise, frankly. Starbucks is a treat that I don’t often indulge in. There are higher priorities right now, like buying gas.

Starbucks’ chairman, president and chief executive, Howard Schultz, said there are plans to turn things around, like cutting costs and introducing a line of fruit smoothies. Not a good move, Mr. Schultz. If times are tough, go back to the basics. When I think fruit smoothies I do not think Starbucks. Go back to what intially drew people to your stores. How about lowering prices as a way to entice people back? That may work.

Have cut back on the lattes? Would a fruit smoothy bring you back in?

I’m not addicted…

Found a new blog via Chris Brogan’s site, MyStarbucks. I was drawn there by the title. Coffee does that to me, but I’m not addicted!

Speaking of Coffee…

Speaking of coffee, let’s talk about offerings in Westminster, MD. There really aren’t too many actual “coffee houses” in town. We have two Starbuck’s, one inside Safeway and a new store that just opened on MD140 in the Crossroad’s Square shopping center. We also have a relatively new Panera in the Westminster Crossing shopping center. It is probably the closest to a chain outlet to compete against Starbuck’s.
The only local coffee house is The Pour House Cafe on Main street. It is a “Seattle-style” coffee house. I like their lattes, though I think Starbuck’s is a little better, and I really like the fact that they are a local place. I like to give them business just for that fact alone. Their customer service is great and the whole atmosphere of the traditional coffee house adds to the experience.
The town could use a couple more coffee shops, in my opinion. I would like to see a Seattle’s Best open in town but they really haven’t open too many stores in Maryland. There is a rumor, though, that a Border’s may open up in the new shopping center planned, The Shops at Meadow Creek.
The two other Seattle’s Best stores in Maryland are located in Border’s Book Stores.
Dunkin Donuts regular coffee is pretty good but it is not my first, or even second and third, choice. It is relatively cheap and has a good flavor. I tried their latte once. They should stick to doughnuts and coffee.
I think there is also room in town for another local coffee shop, maybe at the other end of town closer to the college, in the Seattle style.

So, here is my list of best coffee in Westminster:

1. The Pour House
2. Starbuck’s
3. Panera
4. Dunkin Donuts


McDonald’s has decided to attack Starbuck’s by entering the gourmet coffee market by having coffee bars in its stores. One opinion says this may not be such a good idea. I tend to agree. It is not McDonald’s core offering. I do not think of McDonald’s when I think of lattes and cappucinos. My wife, though, thinks it is a good idea. She says it may attract those who are not comfortable going to Starbuck’s, Seattle’s Best or other similar coffee houses. That may be true or it may be that people who go to McDonald’s may not want the fancy, “fru fru” coffee, they want the regular McD’s coffee. I just don’t see anyone making a special trip to McDonald’s for a latte. And those of who are coffee snobs are not going to there for our latte fix. Time will tell, but I do not see this as a big success for McDonald’s. The opinion has a long list of McFailures. Pretty intersting reading.

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