You want fries with that?


I agree. Four bucks is dumb. However, in Florida, an iced tall caramel macchiato comes to $3.38 including tax. And the peace of mind that comes with knowing the barista didn’t spit in your drink. And never having to really order because the barista already knows what you want and how you want it (whole milk, light ice, and a box of organic chocolate milk for the kid) because they are all so nice and so…un-McDonald’s-like.

I’m not making excuses for Starbucks or why I think anything you drink is worth more than $1.50. But it’s the same reason people are willing to pay a few bucks for a beer in a bar rather than buy a six-pack and drink at home. What’s next, McDonald’s? Bud McLight?


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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2 Responses to You want fries with that?

  1. Sra says:

    Amen. Not that there’s anything wrong with iced McDonald’s coffee. It’s alright. But I could make it just as well myself for cheaper. A good latte, however, I still need a real barista to do that for me. And my favorite drink, short skinny latte, is only $3.00.

  2. Dena says:

    I went the McDonald’s route for awhile, but their drinks just weren’t very consistent. I like consistency, especially when I’m being overcharged for it.

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