Well now they've gone and done it. Right by Costco in Waipio, next to the freeway on-ramp, right on the way to work, a brand new Starbucks has opened,...and it has a drive thru!
I've been very good about avoiding Starbucks. I love it too much. If I let it, it would decimate my budget. I love the atmosphere there, the dark wood textures and the deep green accents.
There is an indescribable vibe there. "Seattle's Best", right across the street doesn't have the vibe. Starbucks has the vibe. What IS that anyway?
I love the anticipation of getting your cup. The sounds of the steamer, the heat of the cup, the incredible scent of roasted coffee wafting in the air. The soft creamy kiss of whipped cream, drizzled with deep brown chocolate syrup, floating gently on a perfectly made hot chocolate... or the cool chill and ice rattle of a professionally prepared Grande Iced Chai.
How did this happen? I don't even like coffee.