Why Starbucks?

I woke up this morning and as my family was getting ready to start our Sunday morning my husband asked me what was on our adgenda for that day and my standard responce was “First, Starbucks. Then we can talk about the rest later.” This has been my set reply for as long has he has know me. Why? Because for as long as most people have known me, I take great pleasure in going to Starbucks, ordering the same cup of coffee for close to 20 years ( grande, 15 second shot-depending on the machine, no-fat, vanilla latte for your information), then sitting down with some form of media (newspaper, book, cell phone, ipad) and thinking about what lies ahead of me for the rest of the day.

Some say to me that “you could do the same thing anywhere else. McDonalds has a good cup of coffee.  Why Starbucks?” That is the golden question! And what I am going to share with you over the next few weeks, months and hopefully if you want to keep reading, years.

The key to a great start of my day includes a visit to one of my many favorite Starbucks. Not only does the beverage that comes out of my cup matter but several other important factor. The first thing is how friendly the staff is to not only myself but other customers. Part of the Starbucks experience is talking with the register staff. If they have to ask me my order over and over again, I start to wonder if I really matter to them or the company. That puts a major damper on my day. A great point of salesperson makes you believe you are one of the most important persons in the world at that moment. When I move to a new area or town I in effect audition several different stores over the course of two or thress months to figure out which one is going to be my next home away from home. Silly? Maybe. Important for my routine? Indispensible. Why you ask? First thing is 460 yen is a lot of money for just a cup of coffee. So not only is Starbucks selling coffee but they are selling an atmosphere. In effect, where ever I go in the world and I spot that little green sign with our siren gal in the middle, we are in fact able to transport ourselves to where ever home is.

In up coming blog posts I am going to take you deeper into my love for Starbucks and that little taste of home. I am also going to highlight the great things that Starbucks Ltd. Japan does that is unique to Japan. Right now we are full into the Valentine season and Starbucks chocolate. Coming this next week, starting on the 15th of Feburary, Starbucks will debut it’s Sakura (cherry blossom) drink line. If it is anything like last year, they will have wonderful bread and sweets to go along with the limited time drinks. I will write more about the up coming food, drinks and mugs/tumblers. Thank God that Starbucks changes the food and drinks every three months. It will give us lots to chat about!

I look forward to reading your comments, input and suggestions.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JY69
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 07:19:19

    here it is! yeah I’m a starbucks freak too… tho don’t get the opportunity to go as much, only when I get into town.. 😦

    look forward to reading more!!!


  2. Kevin
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 11:15:28

    I too love Starbucks in Japan. It gives me a sense of home. I suppose that’s exactly what I need since I tend deal with bouts of homesickness! I don’t get to go as much as I’d like to though!


  3. TheAndySan
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 09:24:45

    I didn’t get hooked to Starbucks until I changed commands and moved out to San Diego. Their Frappuccinoes are out of this world!

    My usual is Java Chip Light with peppermint (usually grande, but I get venti if I’m eating something).

    So do you have a YouTube channel as well? My username is AndySan and I make several kinds of videos, but lately, I make videos where I answer questions about joining the US Navy.

    Since you live in Japan, you might have run into a couple of Sailors out there. What’s your take on American military personnel living in Japan? Are we nice, a little too rowdy, or something else entirely? And does it vary from each branch of service? Thanks!

    – Andy.


    • starbucksinjapan
      Feb 27, 2011 @ 21:33:48

      Thanks for the comment!
      I am in the Kansai area (near Osaka) so we don’t have any US bases near-by so I don’t see much military around here. I mostly what I hear is what is on the news. My father was Army, Uncle was Navy and Air Force and one of my best friends is a Marine so I know it depends on the branch.
      I am not much of a frappachino person, but can’t wait to get home (Oregon) and have a chocolate vivanno!
      I will be sure to check out your channel. I am new to this blogging thing. Next step is to start vlogs I guess. Check out my friend “busankevin” on youtube. he makes great video’s about life in Kobe Japan.


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