the truth is, dollop coffee/espresso/chai is far superior tasting to anything starbucks could ever dream of. *however* that being said, when i am in the mood for a fatty drink (anything with caramel or mocha), starbucks gets it Riiiiight. so its understandable that while the indie places tend to be a little more sophisticated and want you to actually taste the coffee in your coffee, right now what i really want/(arguably) need is a plastic cup full of caramel with some ice thrown in. so in closing… dollop, love ya, but this caramel latte gets a c + at best.
EDIT (08/23/09) — i ran into a starbucks today with angelo and on the way out, ran into my barista from dollop as he was entering. besides being embarrassed that he was caught in enemy territory, he agreed that sometimes you just need that caramel machiatto (extra caramel, please!) and that only starbucks can satisfy.
the best kind of work environment includes a huge birthday cake from sweet mandy b’s, a guy running around with a black bra on his head (little mickey mouse ears!), and a michael jackson impersonator dancing on a table.