For many coffee lovers, that all-important first cup of joe can set the tone for the rest of their day. You may wake up feeling sluggish or stressed about a meeting or deadline coming up. But that first sip of your favorite coffee, made just the way you like it, evaporates your worries and leaves you energized for the day ahead. That is why Starbucks® has become a staple coffeehouse around the world, and at Grossmont Center.
The delicious and diverse drinks menu appeals to many tastes and offers a uniform level of quality customers have come to rely on, no matter what location they visit. But Starbucks® has also managed the unique trick of offering customization within that familiar menu so that people can put their own spin on a drink. Want that latte made with almond milk, or a double shot of vanilla-flavored syrup in your Caramel Macchiato? The coffee shop’s skilled baristas can craft a beverage you will love. Factor in the seasonal and specialty flavors (pumpkin spice, anyone?), the variety of non-coffee drinks, plus the ever-expanding menu, and it is easy to see why people flock to Starbucks® every morning (and afternoon and evening, too)!
“The idea of a coffeehouse serving as a gathering place in the community was created in large part by Starbucks® and how intentional the company has been in opening its doors to everyone,” Manager Christian Nepote says. “The company has always placed great importance on connection—customers connecting with each other, baristas getting to know their customers and their favorite orders, and the company connecting its customers with the world at large through our global purveyors. Those connections are at the forefront of our customer service at Grossmont Center.”
That is in line with the company’s mission “to inspire and nurture the human spirit—one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.” At more than 28,000 stores in 75-plus countries, and counting, that is a lot of people—and a lot of cups of coffee! When it comes to coffee, the possibilities are varied and seemingly endless. Purists can enjoy freshly brewed coffee made with beans sourced from around the world. The lineup of espresso drinks features delectable flavors such as Iced White Chocolate Mocha, Cinnamon Dolce Latte, and the Blonde Cocoa Cloud Macchiato.
And don’t forget the wildly popular special seasonal drinks. There is the Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course, whose annual appearance on the menu heralds the start of fall for many devotees. Other favorites include the Gingerbread Latte served during the holidays and the summertime S’mores Frappuccino®.
Speaking of Frappuccinos®, the signature Starbucks® blended drink comes in tasty and tempting flavors such as Chai Crème, Caramel, and Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème; they can be made with or without coffee. Other non-coffee drinks include the flavorful teas, which can be served hot or on ice. Enjoy the aromatic and warming spices of a Chai Latte, or savor a refreshing Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea.
Starbucks® has also built upon the traditional coffee shop offerings with exciting recent additions to its menu. Evolution Fresh™ is the company’s line of bottled juices and smoothies, with flavors such as Watermelon, Organic Super Fruit Greens, and Strawberry Lemonade. Other fruit-forward options can be found in the drinks billed as Refreshers® Beverages. They include the Pink Drink, a strawberry-acai concoction made creamy with coconut milk and tropical with hints of passion fruit, and the Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade.
Drinks are only one part of a truly top-notch coffeehouse experience. You can tell a lot about a coffee shop by looking at the food menu, and Starbucks® has one that will have you salivating. Baked goods are a natural fit with coffee, and the display cases here are loaded with flaky croissants, delicious scones, and moist coffee cake, among other treats.
Customers who want breakfast to go with their morning java have plenty of options, including the Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich, the Spinach, Feta & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap, and the popular Sous Vide Egg Bites in different flavors. For something a little lighter, there are creative yogurt parfaits and bowls; the Lemon Crunch Yogurt Parfait, for instance, is a zingy eye-opener.
In the afternoon, Starbucks® is ideal for a quick lunch. Sandwiches such as the Turkey Pesto Panini or Baja Black Bean Veggie Wrap are perfect when you are on the go. You can also fill up on the hearty Protein Boxes and Bowls. The Cheese & Fruit Box could be considered the perfect snack, packed with Brie, Cheddar, and Gouda cheese, multigrain crackers, and fruits such as apple slices and grapes.
Starbucks® enhances its reputation and its brand by selling an array of items that can be used outside the coffee shop. You can brew your ‘Bucks at home when you buy a bag of roasted beans, pods for your coffeemaker, or instant packets; the company has even introduced its own home brewing system, called Verismo®. Each location also carries an array of merchandise, including mugs, to-go tumblers, coffee scoops, and reusable cups for cold drinks.
The coffeehouse giant has also been at the forefront of mobile ordering. Using the Starbucks® app makes it easy to order, which is great if you have trouble fully functioning before your morning coffee! All you have to do is click on the items you want, pay via the app or in the store, and pick up your order when it is ready. It is super efficient when you are crunched for time (although it is tempting to linger with your drink and browse at the Barnes & Noble next door). The friendly baristas at the Grossmont Center location keep things moving smoothly and can accommodate any kind of special requests, making your stop at Starbucks® a pleasurable one no matter how long you are there. Come on in for your morning Caffè Mocha or an after-school Caramel Cream Frappuccino®—Starbucks is always there for you, offering coffee and connection.