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Starbucks is not an evil chain.
Member Name: LoolooMe
Advantages: Familiar, good coffee and service.
Disadvantages: It is a chain.
Fact: Starbucks are a franchise so they are each individually opperated. This means that coffee from one the the next may be different. It also means that by buying starbucks you are still supporting your local community.
Starbucks is a very good coffee shop. It has a take-away option or a sit in option. They always have comfy seats (although these maybe occupied).
They have three sizes of coffee to choose from and you can swap normal milk for skinny or soya. There coffee list is long with hot coffees served along cold coffees and tea (although I would stay away from the tea as it does seem expensive). Starbucks provides fair trade coffee and supports recyling efforts giving you a reduction on price if you bring your own mug!
What you do want from a coffee shop is good service so that if your coffee is not up to scratch then you can change it. Starbucks is very good for this and handels busy times exceptionally well.
I however, prefere little family owned coffee shops who will have a joke with you and where the owner in quieter times will sit down and have a chat. When I am in a rush though I always choose Starbucks over the other chain stores and if I am in a different country with food poisening and all I want is familier comfy seats and on the whole good coffee I will look for there green circle of welcome.
Summary: Good coffee all the time, although if you want the personal touch avoid.