My name is John McCourt, and I’m a Starbucks addict.
My love interest in Starbucks began several years ago. However, it wasn’t until after moving to Manhattan in late 2012 that things got serious. There are just over 200 Starbucks on the island of Manhattan alone, and whether you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker, a city transplant, or a visitor in wanderlust you can’t help but find yourself stepping in and out of the city’s most prominent coffee shop.
So I ask the question. Are all Starbucks created equal?
Starbucks is known for consistency across the nation, but in a city of 201 individual locations, one cannot help but notice the differences. It is my theory that Starbucks can serve as a guide to the neighborhoods of Manhattan, with each store a reflection of its surroundings. So I’m giving myself a year. One year of trying new drinks in new neighborhoods across the city.
Join me in my journey as I discover New York City through its favorite guilty pleasure.