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    Starbucks then and now!

    I am back…exactly one year later than visiting this Starbucks in Edinburgh’s Old Town, and for the very same reason (recovering from the ascent of Arthur’s Seat on May Day morning, though this year was more a fog/cloud experience).

    The place has had a makeover.
    This is a year ago…


    …and this is now:


    I can’t really make up my mind about the new décor. Not so keen on the chandeliers which I suppose are meant to be sort of Scottish baronial. Liked the settees, and would probably like the painting on the far wall if I had got around to approaching and looking at it properly. Whilst preferring this to the Italian mural, I really miss the colours in the paintwork of the window recesses.
    Due to the position I took the photos from, I don’t know whether that door has changed…I don’t like it now, but perhaps I didn’t like it a year ago either, which could have been why I didn’t include it in the photo!

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      First I thought that it was a very nice new decor, but then, after a few minutes comparing the before and after, I agree with you that the chandeliers are not adding anything to this room in a positive manner. They appear a bit out of place. I think I have come to the conclusion that the old decor works best for me: very familiar and very Starbucks-y.

      I do like the two brown leather chairs though: looks very comfortable.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

        Now don't fret about living in a Starbucks free country:
        http://www.slate.com/id/2202707/

        I can add to the proof of this theory.

        Brunei Darussalam is Starbucks free and without any financial problems. (Unless you consider dropping from USD 40 Bln. to just 10 Bln. in fortune over a period of 10 years or so a problem, that is)

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          Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

          The Starbucks in Windsor, England

          Last edited by ehp; June 13th, 2011, 04:47.

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            Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

            The Starbucks in Bristol, England

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              Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

              Starbucks Heathrow International Airport

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                Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                Starbucks, Melbourne, Australia

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                  Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                  Starbucks in Christchurch, NZ...well, before the earthquake.

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                    It looks like you found another Bristol Starbucks than the one I saw by the river!


                    …and a bit emotional seeing that last one from Christchurch… that is…was…an even grander building for a Starbucks than that Mc Donald's I spotted in Kristiansand. I’m pleased you posted it.
                    Last edited by Seagull; June 13th, 2011, 13:55.

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                      Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                      Why does the Starbucks cool drinks we buy here taste water mixed with soil...? I've never tasted Starbucks hot coffee though....
                      Last edited by Sterkoder; June 13th, 2011, 14:55.
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                        Never tried them Sterkoder, …how do they compare with the IsKaffe on sale in Norway? –from Tine I think it is?
                        (And as for the hot drink, I actually bring back Zoega coffee blends from visits to south Sweden, and when in Trondheim I enjoy a coffee break in Dromedar’s!…)

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                          Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                          IsKaffe from TINE (and now I might be in for a lawsuit) tast like sh**, so that should answer that one.
                          (But this is rather difficult though, as taste is so individual).

                          In my opinion, I've only tasted coffee like it was a dream once...., and that was in the 360° rotating restaurant on top of the radio/tv tower of Hamburg, the Heinrich-Hertz-Tower in Lagerstraße 2.

                          Never tasted black ordinary coffee like that before nor since....
                          Last edited by Sterkoder; June 13th, 2011, 17:19.
                          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                            Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                            I'm on the opposite side of Sterkoder, and think the TINE Is-Kaffe is actually very delicious... but only the Mocca one. If the shop is out of stock, I can occasionally enjoy the Cappuccino, but it's got a to nut-ty flavour to me. The Starbucks ice-coffee's are about 5-6 kroner more expensive and also smaller. The dark chocolate one is very nice, but it doesn't give a proper "kick". I like the coffee to give at least a tiny heart-race.... .

                            Starbucks in a Starbucks coffee house is a treat though. The feeling of lounging in one of their large arm chairs with an exiting hot beverage is perfect to me.

                            I hope and pray they arrive soon in Norway.

                            I have been to Dromedar and Chocco Bocco: and they are good too, but their lounge feeling is not even close to the feeling of the lounge to Starbucks.
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                              Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                              I still don't understand why you don't re-create a Starbucks-feeling coffeehouse in Trondheim........... and only YOU could think of a cup of coffee as exciting.........lol

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                                Re: Starbucks Coffee Around in the United States and around the World

                                I'm on the opposite side of Sterkoder, and think the TINE Is-Kaffe is actually very delicious
                                Yepp, and as I said, the taste is a difficult matter to discuss, as it is so individual.
                                But to me..., coffee has always been, is and will always be a cup of hot black coffee, nothing more, nothing less.

                                Have never grown to build a taste for all those kinds of coffee, with milk, with cream, with this and that taste, more coffee, less coffee and all that stuff....
                                Last edited by Sterkoder; June 15th, 2011, 16:07.
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