In this post at MSN, Justin Rohrlich explores the intense emotions that many people express -- positive or negative -- about Starbucks:
Hate Starbucks? Have you asked yourself why?
Maybe it's because you find the coffee stores bland and generic. Perhaps you don't like that they seem to be everywhere you look.
Or it could be that you simply prefer your local, independent mom-and-pop coffee shop, and show your loyalty by hating Starbucks.
But guess what. Mom-and-pop coffee shops don't hate Starbucks at all. In fact, most of them love it when a Starbucks opens a location nearby.
... It may sound like something you've read in The Onion, but it's absolutely true.
I'm somewhere in the middle. I like independent coffeehouses, but I also appreciate that when I order a latte at a Starbucks, I know exactly what I'm going to get.