Seattle-based coffee chain lures caffeine addicts with upscale roasts, caramel frappuccinos, shaken iced teas and an extra shot of trendiness..
For many, getting their daily jolt of java has become a daily morning ritual, and the cardboard cup with its infamous green label is the close companion of every coffee aficionado. Busy baristas work seamlessly behind the bar, juggling orders for their strongly-brewed drips and signature hot and cool beverages. While providing a wide selection of coffee specialties, pastries and various coffee related goods, patrons are invited to settle down in comfy armchairs and enjoy their favorite brews amid the chatter of the laidback yet caffeinated crowd.
Friendly baristas, great local meeting place. It's a little strange to write a review for what is probably the world's most popular coffee chain, but here goes... If you spend enough time at this Starbucks, located on a busy corner of Newtown, you'll learn a few things: it is one of the busiest Starbucks in the Philadelphia area (by revenue), and it has its dedicated patrons, a group of which have been affectionately termed "Starbucks Squatters" and includes Shadrack, a 43 year old parrot (and her owner). I won't review the coffee, because if you are a Starbucks aficionado, you have your favorite drink and don't need my advice (though I order a triple venti soy toffee nut latte), but will comment on the atmosphere, since every Starbucks has a different ambience. This Starbucks has a cute little room off to the side and up two steps that features 2 comfy reading chairs and several tables and chairs to work at. There are a few tables and additional comfy chairs in the main area, all of which are usually occupied. Space is definitely at a premium at this Starbucks, and the baristas have told me that they are slated for some kind of renovation in the future. The problem is that there isn't much space for them to expand. It would also be nice if they could offer warmed food, as some of the Starbucks have started to do, but they haven't yet been granted that capability.
Great place to hang out. Starbucks may be expensive, but it definitely has a great atmosphere! After spending a day walking around Newtown, it's really satisfying to grab a cup of coffee or other drink there. There's not a lot of seating, but most people are in and out so something's always available. It's a great place to talk and its never too loud. I'm a high schooler myself but I would recommend looking out for the middle schoolers who never miss an oppurtunity to hang out in large groups outside or inside of Starbucks.
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