Because it's... convenient placed in high-traffic areas and people are creatures of habit, I guess? I honestly don't know how they are still opening drive-thru stores. It's overpriced, it takes forever unless you order one of their disgusting drips that have been sitting for hours, it's usually crowded and has all the atmosphere of an airport coffee shop.
The one thing I can say is that the quality of the coffee is dramatically better everywhere else in the world outside the US and Canada.
Europoor here. People are fickle and they like American brands. Also some of the ridiculous syrup frappucinos with chocolate chip and three layers of foam types of coffee can't be had at regular stores, so fatties get attracted to that I guess.
I had a vendetta against them since they opened three shops at one time in about 2001, and closed the business I was working for. I hadn't patronized a starbucks until I was pregnant in 2014 and desperately wanted a really good Hot chocolate.
I swallowed my pride and pulled into a drive through to order a hot chocolate. I mean how do you fuck up a hot chocolate that you're charging me like $5 for? I don't know how thy did it, but it was the shittiest hot chocolate ever.
I don't see many in my city here in Australia and the few that I've walked past have been pretty empty. So I'm not sure if I'm in 'the rest of the world' according to OP but I don't think my city is sucking American dick.
>>7269820 Denmark here I used to buy it at the airport, whenever the line to the other coffee shops were too big, while waiting for my train to Sweden.
Baresso was my favorite, but I usually had to wait for too long, and when the nearby kiosk had a big line, then it was Starbucks for me. ---------------------
Tbh. I really dislike the coffee in all the places, and I drown it in milk/ cream/ sugar. So far I have only been able to drink McDonald's coffee without milk and sugar, I used to feel a need to drink coffee all day long, however I don't anymore and I stopped buying from all those shitty places..
I went to a Starbucks in Japan and it was exactly the same as any other location - there's something kind of cool and dystopian about that. Feels like we're living in the future, but the future isn't chrome and holograms but jazz compilation CDs and fake wood floors.
Also last autumn I tried a pumpkin spiced latte and it sucked, it tasted like some disgusting flavoured shot without the vodka. Don't get the hype, very disappointed.
Italyfag here, no starbucks yet. Must be because our fucking grandpa mentality for which "ohhhh god coffee must be either espresso or moka else it's shiiitttt" and people getting overly vocal and judging if you order an american coffee. Not that I'd order sugary abortions like frappuccinos, but I enjoyed some frozen caramel macchiato when I was in NY or Tokyo during hot summers.
>>7270489 >Not that I'd order sugary abortions like frappuccinos, but I enjoyed some frozen caramel macchiato when I was in NY or Tokyo during hot summers. There's no difference when it comes to the sugar content. Nothing wrong with sweet dessert drinks, but don't act like one is better than the other
>>7270558 >>7270595 Some week in October they had a promo near me for free large coffee everyday for a week, and man is it shitty. I still went and got it for free, it even at that price sometimes id just toss it out since it was so bad
>>7269820 I read this book, Predictably Irrational, and they had an excellent experiment that showed why people pay $4 for a cup of coffee
Basically the moral of the story was >presentation >have stuff in a fancy looking place in fancy looking cups with fancy sounding names they made up like "grande" and "vente" and people will think that it's worth more and thus are willing to pay more
Also, self-herding >try it one day cause it's popular so hey what's up with all the buzz >tried it once before so might as well try it again >habit forms
Cucking idiots into paying $4 for a fuckin cup of coffee
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