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Coffee in the Armpit of Cali

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Layered Caramel Macchiato

Coffee in the Armpit of Cali is pretty similar to the coffee scene in Hawaii. Starbucks is just about everywhere, but their prices are way cheaper. For comparison purposes, I got a iced grande, non-fat caramel macchiato which came out to $3.45 in CA. In HI, the same drink costs $4.11. About a $0.60 price difference!! The cheaper grande mocha drink in Hawaii costs $3.75. Wonder what causes such a price difference?

Even though the drink looked great, it tasted terrible. Where’s the quality control?! I think the sequence of coffee, milk, and flavoring really does make a difference. Usually, the milk goes in last. With this drink, the milk had to have gone in first. Is this a social statement about Cali? Looks are more important than substance?

Having a hard time finding the canned Starbucks Iced Coffee in any of the local markets. I’m only finding the Double Shots. Maybe Hawaii was one of the early test markets?

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6 Responses to Coffee in the Armpit of Cali

  1. Wayne's World June 14, 2006 at 11:49 am #

    Try check on the size of the cups vs Hawaii. Someone said they give more coffee in their Ventis, etc…

  2. Wayne's World June 14, 2006 at 11:49 am #

    Try check on the size of the cups vs Hawaii. Someone said they give more coffee in their Ventis, etc…

  3. Wayne's World June 14, 2006 at 9:49 pm #

    Try check on the size of the cups vs Hawaii. Someone said they give more coffee in their Ventis, etc…

  4. Wayne's World June 14, 2006 at 9:49 pm #

    Try check on the size of the cups vs Hawaii. Someone said they give more coffee in their Ventis, etc…

  5. Gee Why June 14, 2006 at 8:31 pm #

    I think the sizes are pretty much the same. I normally don’t get a venti, but I think a grande is 16 oz and a venti is 20 oz.

    For regular hot coffee, you have the option of leaving room for cream so maybe that’s where the misconception comes in? No room for cream gives the appearance of giving more coffee?

    And you are talking about coffee cup sizes right? Not other cup sizes? Your link to the Urban Dictionary goes to an “interesting” definition.

  6. Gee Why June 15, 2006 at 6:31 am #

    I think the sizes are pretty much the same. I normally don’t get a venti, but I think a grande is 16 oz and a venti is 20 oz.For regular hot coffee, you have the option of leaving room for cream so maybe that’s where the misconception comes in? No room for cream gives the appearance of giving more coffee?And you are talking about coffee cup sizes right? Not other cup sizes? Your link to the Urban Dictionary goes to an “interesting” definition.

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