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The Starbucks Generation


We truly are the Starbucks generation. Of course others may call us the iPod generation or the internet generation, but I think Starbucks really does sum it up. This morning I was in America’s favorite high priced coffee house waiting in line to order a grande iced passion tea lightly sweetened. In front of me were a group of women in their 30′s and an older woman in her 50′s. As they moved through the ordering process at an extremely slow pace I actually wanted to feel bad for them all. They asked things like “Does skinny mean low fat?” and “Can I get a pump of flavor in that?”

These were innocent questions that both the barista, and I were annoyed by. Although I wanted to feel bad for their lack of knowledge when ordering coffee in this fast paced world, I was just annoyed. It says something when we get irritated by someone who doesn’t understand the extremely complicated way we order coffee in America. Regardless I stood there waiting and when it was finally my turn to order I said “grande iced passion tea lightly sweetened,” in one fluent motion as if to say, “yea, that’s how we do it in 2009!!”

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  • Comment by Anonymous posted June 08, 2009 at 17:19

    you're not tough.

  • Comment by Melanie posted June 09, 2009 at 12:14

    I hate Starbucks and coffee!! We are the generation of impatience and indifference end of story.

  • Comment by Lara posted June 14, 2009 at 14:17

    I think before the recession we may have been, but several Starbucks stores have closed recently proving that we do not rely soley on this chain that brews disgusting drip coffee.

    I must admit, I do looooove their green tea frappacinos :D