Ah yes, the premier question of our time. Starbucks or Peet's? Let's start the discussion right at the start of the blog itself. Let no one say that the Smelling the Coffee blog avoids the tough national controversies! In the future we'll have Starbucks and Peet's proponents writing here, and lots and lots of stories about the great independent coffee shops and roasters around the country.
I'm sitting in a Starbucks writing this, drinking a half-caf (but watery) Americano. Not to fault Starbucks Americanos, though, because I order them for a reason -- that they're almost as good as a regular old Peet's coffee (to me), for when I just have to sit at a table and get work done. You see, Peet's doesn't have wireless Internet service for computers! Can you even imagine that? And Peet's doesn't even begin to understand coffee-shop atmosphere. So for work, it's Starbucks.
Now having stated my own preference for Peet's regular coffee I think that you just can't beat a Starbucks latte or cappuccino. I'm a Peet's drinker, but for a latte I go to Starbucks. And I am very particular. (I'm so particular that many days I pick up a Peet's coffee and drive to a Starbucks to sit outside in the car, snarfing on the wireless.)
Oddly, my wife was a hard-core Starbucks soy-latte drinker and has switched very recently to Peet's. Go figure.
So okay, this starts it. It's out there. Discuss.