In the interest of full disclosure, I have a confession to make. I love Starbucks coffee. I've tried other so-called "mellower" brands (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jones, Peets, Postum), and they're fine as coffees go, but they can't stand up to a good strong cup of Starbucks. Literally. Starbucks coffee is so hearty and dark--many refer to it as "Charbucks"--I am convinced that the liquid could stand by itself without a cup. But I digress.
Starbucks has recently taken some hits on Wall Street, mainly because for the first time in its history, there may be a sign that coffee consumption--at least at Starbucks--is leveling off. I'm not surprised. Already there are 12 million Starbucks locations, and that's just in Southern California. I've been approached about opening a outlet in my living room, which I would gladly do were it not for my lack of parking.