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post #101 of 108
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Originally Posted by Kavita View Post
Okay, this may be veering too far but has anybody tried cold brewing coffee? (or did someone post about it here??!) Our local Whole Foods sells a "toddy" cold brewing system and I got intrigued by the cold brewing idea and googled a couple of articles about it and it seems pretty simple and like something you can do without a lot of equipment--basically throw some coffee in a mason jar and add cold water and let it sit for 12-24 hours, then strain first coarsely and then finely through a coffee type filter. It is supposed to produce a coffee that is smoother, has less acid and is thus better for people who otherwise don't drink coffee because of the acid/tummy issues, and it is also a bit lower in caffeine than drip brewed coffee. It makes a coffee concentrate that you can keep in the fridge and then when you are ready to drink, you add hot water and/or milk and whatever else you want. Two things that people kept saying in the various articles/blogs/comments I read about this was that it produces a coffee that is smooth and not bitter and that has chocolatey undertones. Someone also noted that this is how Seattle's Best Coffee (which has apparently been bought out by SBucks, who are maintaining this practice) uses this cold brewing method to make the coffee for all their iced coffee drinks. Anyway, it seemed to me like it was worth giving a try, especially since you all have me thinking about Starbucks and coffee now!!!
Cold brewing is great!

Seattle's Best Coffee was IIRC IMO terrible coffee however. Though frankly, my opinion of Starbucks is pretty low on coffee quality.

I joke that Starbucks bought SBC mainly to take over a few of their choice locations here in Seattle.
post #102 of 108
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Originally Posted by holidaymama View Post
Yes I wanted to make a comment about being an employee...my friend looked into a job there...she was a teacher making a nice salary, but our school benefits are pretty expensive...she said that Starbucks had better coverage and lower monthly costs.
I was half way though an interview for a teaching job when i decided "screw this. its lame but i am taking the job at starbucks." $2-$3 an hour more. no kidding. plus better benefits.
post #103 of 108
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I was half way though an interview for a teaching job when i decided "screw this. its lame but i am taking the job at starbucks." $2-$3 an hour more. no kidding. plus better benefits.

Baristas here make about $10 or so. That's a touch over $20,000 a year and not that much higher than our state min wage. Where do qualified school teachers make less than $20,000 a year? That is really sad.
post #104 of 108
wow, things must have changed much at sb's, cuz when i worked there, the frappuccino had HFCS, and every syrup and mix had artificial flavors. also i think it is very odd that the organic milk comes from a shelf-stable carton. it tastes very yucky. i have had friends who refused to try organic milk because starbucks "ruined" it for them with their weird shelf-stable organic milk. good to know they don't use HFCS anymore! but i am still wary of the organic milk.
post #105 of 108
This is hilarious- I "skimmed" this thread through the first page of "I need to quit my mocha habit" to the last page "let's get a job at starbucks"

I have a problem. 1 coffee a day minimum, but if it was up to me I'd have probably 2 or 3. I'm quitting my 9-5 soon so I can be a modified sahm, and I'm going to have to lose the addiction.
post #106 of 108
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Originally Posted by ScarletBegonias View Post
wow, things must have changed much at sb's, cuz when i worked there, the frappuccino had HFCS, and every syrup and mix had artificial flavors. also i think it is very odd that the organic milk comes from a shelf-stable carton. it tastes very yucky. i have had friends who refused to try organic milk because starbucks "ruined" it for them with their weird shelf-stable organic milk. good to know they don't use HFCS anymore! but i am still wary of the organic milk.
Ours stopped using the organic milk last year. I thought they said it was a company wide decision. Though personally I liked the organic milk better then what they use now....
post #107 of 108
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Originally Posted by kijip View Post
Baristas here make about $10 or so. That's a touch over $20,000 a year and not that much higher than our state min wage. Where do qualified school teachers make less than $20,000 a year? That is really sad.
Actually, a few teachers I know make started at 14,000 a year...it's really sad and they are really good teachers (very underpaid).
post #108 of 108
I don't know what a Starbuck's barista makes now in a store but when I was in college 12 years ago I was one at the airport I'd make $10-40 a day in tips during a 10 hour shift. That added up fast.
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