I don't like starbuck's coffee, probably because of the roast - I like light american roast for american coffee. Their espresso is gross, but like all american espresso i've ever had, they run too much water through it and the coffee ends up burning. It would be like taking a pot of coffee and boiling it ten minutes on the stove.
I do like their mocha frappuccino, i must say, but that is a sort of caffelatte granita with a little chocolate and a lot more fine texture.
I was very annoyed by the sizes of the cups and the meaninglessness of the names - venti means 20 in italian (an italian fart is a scoreggia, foodpump), "grande" means large (but if i remember, grande in starbuckspeak means small). I don't remember the other size.
Has anyone ever tasted starbuck's ice cream - sold in supermarkets? all of it is coffee, my favorite is coffee with chocolate covered almonds. The ice cream is rich and creamy and the coffee flavor is nice american coffee flavor. They probably have someone else make it. It's actually my favorite ice cream - well, since they opened a new gelateria near me in rome, Riva Reno, that is actually my favorite, but not their coffee. Starbucks remains my favorite coffee ice cream. I don;t think it;s sold in their stores.
I drink coffee from one of those electric filter coffee makers. I know it's not "done" to have that, because the continuous heat ruins the flavor, but i tell you, you can;t imagine how nice it feels, after a lifetime in italy, to be able, at breakfast, to go and get a second cup of hot coffee, and then take a third one to my desk. It's a true luxury. And i drink it before it tastes bad anyway - i'm a quick drinker.
I drink it with milk and a little sugar. I LOVE the taste of coffee, but only with milk. You will no doubt say that i know nothing of coffee, but de gustibus non est definitely disputandum.