Streetalk April 22 2004

What's the best and worst coffee in town?

Greg: Dunkin' Donuts. It's like creamy mocha goodness. I don't know what it is. I think they put narcotics in the coffee, 'cause I'm addicted. It's not even the doughnuts, because I go through the drive-thru and I can't even smell the doughnuts. Worst coffee is Starbucks. Starbucks coffee is for people who like to drink motor oil coffee. It smells mellow, wholesome and nourishing, but it's bitter and acidic. If you're going to be a sheep and go with the heard, yeah, go to Starbucks.

Paul: Aurora. The quality is typically consistent across the board. It's always excellent. Temperature is usually right. You can tell they use good stuff, clean water, good beans. I don't like San Francisco. It was a lousy cup of coffee. It gave support to the dirty dishwater thing that some people say bad coffee tastes like. I only was there once, but I haven't been back. It tasted like it had used a half or a third of the beans that may or may not have been good to begin with.

Jason: San Francisco. I only drink dark coffee, and their dark just has an awful lot of flavor. It tastes like dark chocolate but without the sweetness. It's like when you bite into chocolate, you get that rich flavor before the sweet, that's what I like about it. Caribou is the worst. It tastes diluted. It doesn't have the aroma of a French roast coffee. When I go into San Francisco, [I'm] smelling very trace amounts of French roast coffee. But in very high concentrations it smells like skunk.