I would be curious to see the ratio of hot coffee vs. iced coffee based on geography and season. When I lived in Florida I only drank iced coffees. Well, that’s not entirely true. I also drank iced lattes, iced mochas, iced teas, and the occasional frapuccino. In-fact, I was never a “big coffee drinker” until I discovered it over ice. Now, I find myself cringing at the thought of adding any unnecessary ice to my life. I’ve become accustomed to my hot coffee to fight the morning chill. I would suppose the percent of iced beverages in a Canadian Starbucks is significantly less than a Southern California location.
Such are the things a true Starbucks addict is able to ponder.
I’m currently sipping my hot coffee at a Starbucks in Midtown. Technically, this Starbucks is in the Garment District, but since it is so close to the intersection of Broadway and 7th Ave it mostly resembles the Times Square and Theatre District locations. Space is tight. The lines are long. And the morning rush never seems to end. But this Starbucks does have one added perk. Directly beyond the barista bar is a staircase leading to a small seating area that looks over the ruckus of Midtown coffee-traffic.
Little perks such as these are an excellent reminder that Starbucks is just as much a cafe as it is a fast-food chain.
The Loft Seating… A great addition for those who like to do more than grab and go.
The Location… Directly between Times Square and Herald Square — pick a train, any train.
The Line… These Midtown locations are notorious for long lines.
The Power Outlets… The metal plates strike again!
The Restroom… Just the one.
Very efficient. The line was always out the door, but they kept it moving.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Hot Coffee… I can’t wait to be able to enjoy iced drinks without freezing again.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
The loft style seating area earns its third Star.