People say Starbucks coffee is too expensive. It's not.
When you walk into this place, you'll see people sitting around, doing their homework, polishing their resume, dictating their memoirs. One was skyping with a relative, perhaps at another Starbucks on a distant continent. What you rarely see is anyone actually drinking coffee. Sure, you still see the plastic cups, adorned with the resident's "Starbucks name", on the table they've successfully conquered, but those cups are there to mark territory, not to hold a beverage. Many have been empty for hours.
Because Starbucks--at least this one--isn't about coffee. Your $6 macchiato buys you a day-pass for a seat, unlimited wifi, and access to the washrooms. True, Tim Hortons or McDonald's rarely enforce their 20 minute limit policy, but most diners at Timmy's and Mickey's don't abuse this privilege, and have the decency to vacate their seat and secure alternate accommodations once they've gone through their beverage. At Starbucks, your iced blonde almondmilk vanilla latte is an invitation to park your rear end in one of those chairs and compose your doctoral dissertation, write your autobiography, or first one and then the other.
You see, Starbucks isn't in competition with Tim Hortons; it's in competition with Motel 6. At night, you may sleep under a bridge, but between 5:30am and 10pm, you have a Lakeshore address, right next to the Port Credit marina, all for under $200 a month, including utilities and wifi. They'll even clean your toilet, although you'd usually have to wait in line to use it, seeing as you share those two stalls with the entire Port Credit homeless-with-an-Arts-degree community.
Starbucks coffee isn't too expensive; it's too cheap.
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