BUT FIRST, COFFEE

Drip, drip, drip… as soon as I snooze my alarm, that’s what I hear. No, it’s not a leaky faucet; it’s the unmistakable sound of the coffee maker working its morning magic. While I’m still halfway between awake and sleep, the warm and inviting aroma of freshly-brewing coffee is enough to entice me to get out of bed and start the day. Like many of you, coffee is my go-to beverage in the morning, at break time and whenever I need a little pick-me-up during the day. Thankfully, whether it’s a cold Winter morning or a sunny Summer afternoon, Starbucks is always there to take care of all my coffee cravings.

Offering a variety of handcrafted drinks, scrumptious pastries, breakfast and lunch options… and of course their delicious brewed coffee, Starbucks is the ultimate destination for coffee and yummy bites.

WHOLE BEAN AND GROUND COFFEE

An everyday, must-have staple in my pantry at home! No matter what your flavour or strength preference, there is a roast for every palette. Starbucks offers their take-home coffee in whole-bean or pre-ground varieties. (Insider secret: opt for the whole bean and get them to grind it onsite for that extra-fresh taste!) My personal favourite is their classic Pike Place Roast—a smooth and well-balanced roast with a hint of cocoa and toasted nuts.

THE BEVERAGES

In my opinion, this is what truly sets Starbucks apart from most other coffee shops. The options they offer from their hand-crafted beverage menu are not only plentiful, but they have customization options for every part of your drink. Extra hot? Non-fat milk? Extra caramel sauce? Light ice? Yes, to all! The friendly baristas are always happy to accommodate special requests as well as offer their sage advice in terms of pairing flavours and add-ons that I would have never thought of on my own.

THE FOOD

Every cup of coffee (or tea) deserves an equally perfect (and tasty) accompaniment. This is why Starbucks brings in the best treats from La Boulange. With options like cookies, croissants, cakes, loaves and scones, you’ll be sure to find a snack that hits the spot. If it’s a savoury craving you’re hoping to satisfy, be sure to try one of their mouth-watering sandwiches (available in breakfast options as well!), or, for a lighter fare you can opt for one of their salads or protein lunches.

Whether you’re looking for great coffee, a specialty drink or a quick bite, Starbucks is definitely one stop that should be top of everyone’s list because of course… but first, coffee!

~ Michael D.

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