I have a confession to make. A coffee confession. After a life-long love affair with Tim Hortons and all that they stand for, I’ve changed teams. I think I’ve become … a Starbucks girl.
It’s a transformation that started on a sleepy Christmas day back in 2006, when the Starbucks drive-thru was there for me in a pinch. Irreconcilable differences arose when Tim’s forgot to issue a Christmas cup in 2011. And then, in the summer of 2012, Starbucks did the unthinkable — they came out with a coffee that is not strong and bitter and aggressive. A coffee that is mellow and rich and full. They came out with the Blonde roast.
Have you tried it? It is, in my caffeinated opinion, the Best! Coffee! Ever! And hey, did you know that the milder a coffee is, the more caffeine is in it? No wonder I don’t like a strong coffee!
This totally changes how I see myself. Tim Hortons stands for nationalism, for simplicity, for people who don’t take half an hour to order a coffee. Starbucks has always, in my mind, been for fancy people. Does this make me high-maintenance? While I’m not (yet) ordering an extra-hot half-caff micro-roast with organic soy milk, I did figure out that I can get more bang for my buck if I order a Grande coffee in a Venti cup, leaving enough room for the 1/3 cup of milk I like to add to just about any coffee. Except I have to concentrate every time I place an order to make sure I get the words out in the right order.
Until Starbucks builds an outpost in Manotick, there’s still room in my heart for the insanely busy and ridiculously-planned drive-thru Tim’s around the corner. But Starbucks? I think I love you!
Edited to add: Almost forgot! If you read this early enough, shuffle out to Starbucks today to try a Blonde roast for only 25c, to celebrate Starbucks’ 25th anniversary in Canada.