An Open Letter to the ‘Bux

Dear Starbucks,

I’ll tell you why I stopped going to your place as often, since maybe you’ve noticed that I’m not the frequent customer I once was. It’s because you pretty much stopped brewing decaf. Every time I ask for decaf coffee, you offer something called an “Americano”, which is what happens when concentrated coffee is expanded by nearly boiling water. If I wanted that, I would go to a Douwe Egbert’s machine. There’s nothing wrong with coffee from concentrate… as long as you don’t mind coffee from concentrate. But I do. Call me picky, but I do. I’m at Starbucks and I’m leaving with $2.25 less, which I was planning on using to buy food for my children. Ergo: bad coffee from Starbucks = hungry children. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

I don’t have time to get into it, since I need to get to this Doctor’s appointment and all. They’re keeping an eye on my blood pressure, which runs in the family and, admittedly, isn’t helped by all the regular coffee I might consume. Thus the switch to decaf. And thus the disappointment on my part. And thus the Biggby cup in my hand.
And, I guess, thus, my children will have $0.25 more for food.
Biggby, you are Jolly Old St. Nick himself.


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When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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1 Response to An Open Letter to the ‘Bux

  1. Oh my friend… I love Americanos. They are not “coffee from concentrate,” but espresso with water added. It is a lot better than drinking old decaf coffee. I always drink a decaf iced Americano “with room” and my favorite sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce syrup. Since I’m a gold card holder, I get the syrup for free, and it ends up tasting a whole lot like what their iced lattes taste like, and for WAY cheaper. In the cooler and cold months I enjoy a hot Americano, same cream and sweetener, but WITH a few ice cubes as well. They know me well at my Starbucks. But I have to say, Caribou coffee is also nice. Except they sweeten their drinks for sugar-maniacs or something. I ask for half of their regimen of pumps if I order any type of coffee drink. But they always brew a nice pot of decaf throughout the day, so that is what I typically get there. And free refills all the day long… Love the coffee… can’t do the caffeine. I’m with ya there. Also don’t do the sugar. Weight loss happening, AND diabetes in both of my families = no sugar for meeeeee. 🙂

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