You say sommelier, I say barista

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Aug 1 17:57:59 UTC 2008

In a message dated 8/1/08 11:59:03 AM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

> And they really do make
> better, stronger coffee than dunkin donuts, or Au Bon Pain, IMHO.

IMHO, Starbucks is the biggest joke in American coffee history. The emphasis
is on the BUCKS, and the methodology is pretentiousness. Their sense of how to
make "better, stronger" coffee is to overroast it until it tastes burned,
having us believe that that charred flavor is sophisticated. McDonalds has better
coffee, on the whole, and Dunkin Donuts is right up there with Gevalia (in
many cases better). And one can buy D.D. at Costco (who also carry Starbucks as

Not sure what that has to do with American language, but then half of what is
said here is pretty irrelevant, so there you are.

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