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1. Posted by mosaigol (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,
I love to travel, its the best! I began to collect Starbucks Coffee mugs from where ever I went in the world - a lot of you must have seen them, mugs at Starbucks that have city names on them. Anyway, after a while it became a collection for me, now I try and collect mugs regardless of whether I have been to the place or not. Since there is no proper database for Starbucks mugs on their website, it would be a great help to me if anyone could tell me if they have seen any mugs at their local Starbucks, regardless of where you live. Many countries have Starbucks, and from experience, they all have at least 1 mug, if not more! So even information as to what is available where would mean a lot. Thanks for reading!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Interesting hobby. Though to me it kind of seems to celebrate homogeny, rather than cultural differences, which is what makes travelling so enjoyable. Similar to the Hard Rock cafe / Coca-cola t-shirts I suppose.

Sorry, but I haven't been into Starbucks at all in Australia, so wouldn't really know what mugs they might have for sell.

Good luck with your quest!

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

I should add; the strange thing is I'm more likely to drink Starbucks while travelling - particularly when I'm in the US and the general standard of coffee is so low. At least their coffee is consistent when there is no other good option.

4. Posted by mosaigol (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I don't like their coffee so much either (but I love frappuchinos!) I started collecting them as a souvenier from where ever I went, and I have that itch in me to collect something, and so I decided...hey! Why not?

If you ever do go into Starbucks for one reason or another, please try to check out their merchandise for me!

5. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 10y

Quoting Peter

... and the general standard of coffee is so low. At least their coffee is consistent when there is no other good option.

Trivia:

Do you know that here Starbucks is so expensive, for one mug of Starbucks coffee you can get 10-15 mugs of local coffee in local warungs / coffee shops / restaurant?

6. Posted by zzyzx (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

...I'm more likely to drink Starbucks while travelling - particularly when I'm in the US and the general standard of coffee is so low.

Whereabouts in the States are you having trouble finding decent coffee, Peter? I can think of at least five coffee houses that serve up superior product to Starbucks in my county alone.

My mom used to collect coffee mugs too, mosaigal, although it was long before the days of global Starbucks ubersaturation. :) Our local Starbucks has mugs, but they don't have city names on them.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Quoting zzyzx

Whereabouts in the States are you having trouble finding decent coffee, Peter? I can think of at least five coffee houses that serve up superior product to Starbucks in my county alone.

Anywhere. Arizona, Texas, San Francisco, Chicago, NY, it's all the same weak filter coffee (or instant) stuff. Good espressos seemed few and very far between and I was more often disappointed than not. The whole culture of 'free refills' does not lend itself to quality coffee. Consequently we did occassionally resort to Starbucks where double/triple shots were the way to go! Anyway, I'm sure there are some nice places to drink coffee, but I never really found any ;)

Actually no, I think we had some nice(ish) coffee in Tucson.

8. Posted by zzyzx (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Anywhere.

Ooh. Well, that's unfortunate - my condolences! There are few things worse than crappy coffee. :) But hey, if you're ever in the States again - more specifically, in Sonoma County - it's worth visiting Flying Goat, Aroma Roasters, Johnny's Java, Wolf's Coffee, or Deaf Dog. The espresso will not disappoint, and there are lots of yummy noshes too. :)

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Thanks zzyzx, those names even sound good :) I'll keep it in mind.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I have to agree that Starbucks is not the epitomy of good coffee.... I've only been in 2 Starbucks - Chicago and San Diego - both were disappointing. But, they cornered the market when coffeehouses were considered a "thing of the past". Plus, they originated in Seattle, which has more than it's share of gloomy days, so a hot cup of coffee helps shake off those "rainy day blues". Oh, and the closest Starbucks is 40 miles away. Just too far to travel for a cup of coffee...

Good luck with your collection! ;)