The new Starbucks: It isn’t worth the hype

The new Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center almost always has long lines between classes. Photo by Kaitlin Crowley.

Class has ended, and the average student might find themselves tired and lacking the energy needed to make it through their next one. There are about 15 minutes to spare, so why not run to the new Starbucks on campus in the Babylon Student Center to grab some coffee to wake up? Great idea!

Upon entering the building, there’s only one problem: the horrendous line that travels from the registers, all the way out the door of the Starbucks and into the hallway. There’s always that slim possibility it’ll move quickly, but it rarely ever does. Say it’s a good day, and the line finally gets to the front about 10 minutes later.

The worker at the register takes the time to punch in the order, asks for a name and then collects the money. This takes about a minute, sometimes even more depending on how familiar the worker is with the computer system.

Another couple of minutes goes by before the barista is finally finished with the order, leaving only minutes to spare to get to class. After speed walking across campus, barely making it in time, the first sip of the drink leads to disappointment.

Starbucks is overrated. Its snacks and food choices aren’t bad, but nothing to rave about. The drinks have interesting names, which I personally find hard to remember, making ordering difficult. When it’s the rare occasion I do find myself grabbing something quick from Starbucks, I pretty much always regret it.

The drinks are also a little pricey. According to menu prices, a regular, large (Venti) plain coffee at Starbucks runs for about $2.45 without any additional add-ins. Its competitor, Dunkin’ Donuts, sells an extra-large regular, plain coffee, for about $2.29. Not only would you be spending a little more money by going to Starbucks, but you would also be getting less coffee than people who choose Dunkin’ Donuts.

If someone has the time to stand on line and the money to spend, then they’re free to do as they please. But if you ask me, I’d rather stay far away from Starbucks.

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