Starbucks: Coffee and Wine

Wine and beer at Starbucks; will it work?  Can the same coffee shop you drive through on the way to work be where you sip a glass of wine that same evening or come back to for a nightcap?  I just read this article that suggests a couple of reasons that this is a bad idea.  In the first place, a coffee shop used to be a comfortable place where people slowed down.  In her experience, Starbucks is now the McDonald’s of coffee where you see how fast you can get in, latte up and get out.  I’ve noticed personally that the newer stores have a couple of chairs, a small table or two, but are not designed for you to hang around very long.  It’s like those “to go” pizza places where you pick up but no one can actually eat there.

The other reason may have to do with pricing.  I jokingly refer to Starbucks as the Fourbucks, $4 now being a “reasonable” price to pay for a cup of Joe.  Remember when my opinion and a dollar would get you a cup of coffee?  It looks like a glass of wine at Starbucks will go for $7 -9, but hey; if we buy $2 bottled water and $4 coffee, maybe they can sell us anything.

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About Clark Bunch

Clark Bunch is the pastor of Unity Baptist Church and author of God is Near. He and his wife Teresa have one child. In his spare time he enjoys blogging, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle. And coffee, he'd be nowhere without coffee.
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2 Responses to Starbucks: Coffee and Wine

  1. Susan says:

    Thanks for linking back to my post, I am glad to have gotten you thinking about the concept. Happy blogging!

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    • Clark Bunch says:

      It’s interesting you refer to McDonald’s in your Starbucks post. The introduction of McCafe dealt a serious blow to Starbucks bottom line last year. McDonald’s now offers coffee that many consider just as good, but at much more competitive prices. With all the places that have free Wi-Fi, Starbucks has had to give that away as well. Perhaps the alcohol idea is something they hope to corner the market in. The fast food places and perhaps most bookstores won’t follow them there.

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