Just a day after alluding to my preference for coffee shops that are not global-conglomerates-in-a-strip-mall, Gene Edward Veith suggested that I should actually be grateful to Starbucks:
Whatever people think of Starbucks, we owe the company a debt of thanks. Its popularity has improved the quality of coffee just about everywhere, from mom and pop diners to the local convenience stores. They no longer serve just colored water, but serious cups of coffee. In the economics of quality and competition, the tide of coffee has risen for everyone.
Hmm. Apparently I shouldn't be so quick to take a shot at the big guy.