The blogroll has been chirping about coffee shops. First it was Future Lawyer:
First, some of us refuse to pay 3 to 5 dollars for a cup of coffee, so we don't spend a lot of time in Starbucks. But, we do have lunch at Panera Bread, and we don't use the public WiFi there either. At least, we don't use it without first tunneling through a VPN.
— Why Lawyers Should Never Use Starbucks WiFi by Future Lawyer
Then Cultural Offering.
I freely admit that I dislike Starbucks. On the few of occasions I have been in the chain - airports, a meeting or two, and when an employee needed to throw up (seemed the perfect spot) - I found myself wanting to tell the students to try the library and the adults to try a tie and a home office.
— The shoes bother me the most by Cultural Offering
I like Starbucks. It is a convenient and comfortable meeting spot. I ignore the computer users who are tapping away at, no doubt, the next War and Peace. The Americano is a nice watered-down version of their strong coffee. When ordering I still use small, medium, and large rather than their menu lingo. That immediately signals "out of touch" to the staff and thus is desirable.
— The Starbucks Experience: In But Not Of by Execupundit
I'm fortunate enough to have a coffee shop in town that isn't Starbucks, has plenty of seating and has some damn good coffee for those mornings when I need it to make the code flow.
And yes I also say small, medium or large.