Ok, a new day has dawned on IHateStarbucks.com.
I no longer want to keep hacking the old, tired php on the site, so this is what I propose. These messages will remain up for all eternity. In addition, there is a new Guest book. So if you want to share your opinons, i.e. post to the site, go here. As always, if wish to rant or rave, send me an email:
|Date:||Apr 27 2004 01:27 AM|
|Why do I hate Starbucks?
I live in Europe and heard that Starbucks is such a fine coffee "experience," with a better consistent taste than Illy or other Italian brands.
So, I go to one of the Starbucks (I already have my suspicions that it sucks because there are 3 within 100 meters of each other) and order an espresso.
I get a burnt crappy tasting coffee in a paper cup. What a joke. The cappuccino I tried was good once, then quite horrible.
All the sweet drinks taste like some high fructose corn syrup put through a flavour extractor.
Where I live there are no Starbucks, and I really it stays that way.
I am also a big tea drinker and the Starbucks Chai is real pigswill.
|Date:||Apr 27 2004 01:24 AM|
|SBUX are opening a over 10 stores in Ireland and as other Irish who have also posted would agree we have no need. with Bewleys having looked after Irish coffee tastes, the influx of SBUX's over-priced-hype-trite is not welcome. would anyone, whether it be an employee or customer in the know, have any dirt on the chain.
|Name:||This one is horrible 02310|
|Date:||Apr 27 2004 01:23 AM|
|I've read the Yahoo SBUX message board. They are happy about the stock. What thanks do we get fo it? Now we have Dunkin Donuts doing what we are doing for 30% off?
|Date:||Apr 26 2004 06:31 PM|
|Starbuck's caramel comes in a sealed bag, not a bottle or jug. Are you sure you want to know the brand? It sure doesn't sound yummy to me. I wonder what kind of germs are growing in the blenders and coffee pots? Anyone know? My health inspector told he just handed out 3 "B's" to Starbucks.
|Date:||Apr 26 2004 04:25 PM|
|Does anyone know how manager bonuses are calculated in California?
|Date:||Apr 26 2004 04:25 PM|
|dear management view,
your experience is almost exactly like mine. you are not alone.
|Name:||Management View 02305|
|Date:||Apr 26 2004 11:42 AM|
|Starbucks has lost their way. It's really a shame. They have some great ideas - the six guiding prinicipals are right on target - except that in the process of experiencing the enormous growth of the company, they've lost their way.
There's a fundamental breakdown at the District Manager (DM) / Store Manager (SM) level. This breakdown occurs withthe first guiding principal (Respect and Dignitiy) - are you lsitening Mr's Shultz and Bhar? I have a DM that is abusive, rude, ambiguous, disrespectful and discourteous.
Examples - No positive feedback. When meeting with me she focuses only on the negative and dismisses positive accomplishments as "Every store is exceeding sales goals and profit contribution" or "We expect the high number of positive comments you are recieving - those aren't the issue" She discussed my performance, concentrating on the negative areas, with non-Starbucks employees (partners), conducted business meetings (MDD days) with me while her kids were running around the store and spent more time focused on them than on working with me, she told me that her discussion with on of my partners was "None of my business", had me sign a document about my performance and areas I needed to improve, THEN ADDED ADDITIONAL VERBAGE AFTER I HAD SIGNED IT. Plus a number of additional issues that I won't even begin to mention.
I'm very disappointed in how the senior management in Seattle seems so focused on baristas and Shift Supervisors being treated right ( Much to their credit ) - but they condone treating Store Managers so poorly.
Starbucks is a great place to work if you are a $7.00 an hour barista, but if you are a Store Manager, be prepared to be treated shabbily.
|Date:||Apr 26 2004 09:33 AM|
|a friend of mine works there and told me that they roast their coffee beans on some kind of legal speed...(forgot the name) neways, thaught that would explain a lot about their popularity~haha~ anyone know any more about that?
|Name:||ex strbx fan 02303|
|Date:||Apr 25 2004 11:15 AM|
|you know i was away from strbux for over 7 years. i dreamed about the day i would move back and enjoy. well i have been back for almost 8 months now, and dont enjoy having my hard earned money being taked for some really terrible coffee. im so disapointed. and now these 8.00+ sandwiches ? are you kidding? im so ashamed to any one lazy enough to pay for something like that.
|Name:||Partner #209XXX 02302|
|Date:||Apr 25 2004 01:20 AM|
Uhhh they use crappy carmel. what kind of a stupid question is that? first of all, machiato means "stained" according to http://ets.freetranslation.com. As far as the drink goes, it means foam "stained' with esp. Only Starbucks would think you could make an iced macchiato. Secondly, Starbucks only has one espresso bean. Its called "espresso". go figure. Anyway, any roast could be used.
If you are trying to replicate an iced carmel macchiato, I have to wonder if something is seriously wrong with you. However I will give you an easy recipe, first get a glass and put ice in it, then add some milk, then find a horse that really has to pee....
|Name:||SBUX Girl Gone Mad 02300|
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 09:39 PM|
|Okay I've heard so many great things about how Starbucks is the greatest company to work for including; good pay; opertunity to move up to management; 1lb. of free coffee a week and stock options. I have been with the company for 1 1/2 years and just gave my 2 weeks notice because I finally came to my senses that Starbucks Sucks!! I started out at $6.75, after 6 months they gave me a 13 cent raise along with my 5 star (max) review. (I was getting a promotion to Supervisor in the next couple of months and this is ALL I was worth?) Yeah, that's an incentive to keep your employees! Free coffee was good, but it is over roasted and tastes way too bitter (*hack*~cough*~spit*). And as far as moving up to management...I have encountered so much back stabbing, lying and deceit from management and partners alike clawing to get to the top. Pick me, Pick me! Just remember if you want to move up..management is told to encourage you, keep you excited and promise you it will happen. I know of a Supervisor that has been promised to be an Assistant Manager for 2 years now.. I overheard accidentally that she wasn't going anywhere in the company. That pisses me off! None of us REALLY know if we will ever make it to the top. Even then the pay isn't good, especially for the amount of hours you spend making the store look and run smooth with Starbucks very intense nitpicky detail. Oh, and tips SUCK! We ARE considered a Fast Food restaraunt to most of the public. I QUIT!
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 09:37 PM|
|To all baristas: How are your tips calculated? My tip is only about a dollar an hour, cuz our shift supervisors count the tip and then distribute them among all baristas depending on how many hours you worked. I seems to get a lot more than a dollar an hour on tips, so perhaps my shift supervisors steal tips from the baristas... or so it seems.
A lot of customers come in all excited to try new starbucks drinks, such as the strawberries and cream. What they don\'t know is that \'new\' in starbucks language means the use of cheaper raw ingredients. Gone are the days when frappucinos were made from REAL coffee. Now, it\'s coffee powder. Quality of their drinks is going down the drain in the name of shareholder profits.
The starbucks I work at has a never ending stream of customers. Is it like that elsewhere too? If only consumers knew better..... than to pay 2 dollars for a piece of chocolate chip cookie....
Either the american public is getting dumber.... or just lazier... who knows....
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 06:48 PM|
|You make $7.95/hour!!! I only get $7.00. And the tips suck! I worked at two coffee houses in Seattle, and made twice the amount of money there in the same amount of time. They have turned coffee culture into fast food, and it makes me angry. I hate how they always use the phrase "respect the bean" when they can't even respect their employees. I'm not sure how people can stand to work there for years on end, or how they can even begin to desire to become part of management. Has anyone here ever had to clock out and then keep working (like counting your till) after they've done it? That's rediculous. No company has ever made me do that before, and Starbucks claims they don't.
P.S. Please don't blame Seattle for the Starbucks "experience". We hate this s#!t as much as everyone else.
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 06:48 PM|
|Could any of you starbucks employees tell me which brand of Carmel starbucks uses for the iced carmel macchiato? Which espresso do they use? I know it's a starbucks brand, but which one? Thanks.
|Name:||barista girl 02299|
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 06:47 PM|
|Kiki, I agree with you. When I had to package all of the Kona (on Earth Day nonetheless), I was disgusted at the incredible waste of paper (info sheet, first bag, the thicker bag, and sticker). I wrote Mission Statement about this issue and hopefully they will rethink the "Green Team" strategy.
|Date:||Apr 24 2004 12:44 PM|
|Drink Community Coffee, its better than starbucks!
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 10:14 PM|
|Hey ME! First of all, using a french press on Kona is good. We have found that we lose some of water temperature, so we brew the proper amount of grinds in less water and then when it's done, we add hot water and it's fine. The french press leaves more residue in the coffee, but's still good. Some people find more flavor from the french press, you be the judge. You need to open the bag of Kona beans and see if the beans are larger than the typical coffee beans you sell. Also ask your manager what catagory the beans are. Are they extra fancy, fancy, prime or what? If it's peaberry which I highly doubt, then that's in a class all by itself. The Kona should be a medium roast and will taste smooth with a little bite. That's what people expect from Kona. Have any of you watched that video link I sent?
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 12:02 PM|
|i just did our kona display last night. talk about stupid. the latest thing sbux is promoting is how environmentally friendly they are...well how environmentally friendly is it to take packaged coffe, put it inside second package (a thick, plastic lined bag) with a cardboard insert and a big fat sticker??????????? makes me mad. i guess it looks more appealing? more worthy of you $19????????
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 02:23 AM|
|I can't believe how big starbucks has grown. I mean it seems like cheap bitter coffee has to be the most pricey around to be trendy. When I lived in Victoria we all went to a place called the Moka House great coffee good people and never ever bitter.....
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 02:23 AM|
|Hey competitor....i did ask my MGR about the kona. he said "kona what??" Then i told him about how little growing space there is and how starbucks managed to get a hold of it and he said "I doubt that it would be mislabled if it wasn't real kona. Tell me more about it" I get paid to tell my MGR about our products! ha what a joKe!
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 02:22 AM|
|I have a newfound passionate hate for all sbux. I recently quit at the store I used to work at. It felt great. I walked in and quit 2 hrs. before I was supposed to be to work on 4/20. My manager was such an ass. I have decided that the majority of SBUX managers are just on a power trip, and some time between when they got hired and now they were brainwashed into believing that their job was something to be proud of. I must remind, this is still an entry level job. Just because a stupid corporation said they would pay you salary you are really that cool. Whatever, I am just glad I am done. What a bs coffee shop, push a button and out comes starbucks "coffee".
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 02:21 AM|
|Well, starbucks could take this site to court. Unfortunately for them, 1st ammendment rights protect them. How would they be sued for harrasement?
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 02:21 AM|
|I can;t believe ghow big starbucks has grown. I mean it seems like cheap bitter coffee has to be the most pricey around to be trendy. When I lived in Victoria we all went to a place called the Moka House great coffee good people and never ever bitter.....
|Date:||Apr 23 2004 01:00 AM|
|we got the kona in today, 19 bucks a half pound, ouch, and we french pressed it, it tasted exactly like breakfast blend, very mild.
|Date:||Apr 22 2004 09:01 PM|
|TO: I love sbux
That's it...threaten us all for using our rights--freedom of speech.
Oh you Starbucks people are losers up and down!!
You'll do anything to score some money.
Give me a break and start learning how to serve coffee...clean your machines, too while you're at it!
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