Starbucks is a place of comfort and familiarity. I have fond memories of getting a tall cup of Caffe Mocha first thing in the morning before classes during my senior year of college. I had met the love of my life at the time, and the mixture of espresso, mocha syrup, steamed milk, and whipped cream was enough to wake me up and keep me filled for most of the day. I lost quite a few pounds on this diet of love and coffee, and was floating in a dream world that, alas, had to end with graduation and the start of my career in the real world.
Fortunately, I’m the lucky girl who chose the right man in college to become my life partner. Even after all these years, we still frequently rendezvous at Starbucks to talk through our crazy day at work, or when we just can’t concentrate on various research projects at home. When we travel, we seek out the closest Starbucks as a starting point to observe the locals and to plan our adventures for the day. Starbucks is home away from home … a place where we can lounge but still feel productive as we sip the brew and type away on WiFi.
Check out my posting in Smarter Shopper for tips on making Starbucks affordable!