You can't deny Starbucks' monopoly on the mainstream coffee game, and we don't mind, since we love PSLs as much as anyone else (we're only human) but if there's one thing that irks everyone about Starbucks, it's that sometimes, the service just isn't speedy.
With a whole food menu, including sandwiches that need to be warmed up, and a long list of complex drinks that require pumps of god knows what, plus people who just can't friggin' decide what the hell they want to order, you can wait a while in a line at Sbux. Good thing the coffee mega-chain recognizes the problem, and plans to launch express stores to rectify the issue.
Starbucks made an official statement saying it aims to create new storefronts that are designed for the busy coffee addict, reports WSJ. Basically a "Starbucks light" express store, the new model will be smaller and have less items on the menu, but will include smartphone ordering and digital payment to reduce wait times.
A "Starbucks Roastery & Tasting Room" is also in the works, according to Businessweek, that will be based in Seattle, the company's hometown. Other than being a ritzy and higher scale Starbucks, the roastery will also increase the production of Sbux's Reserved coffee line.
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With October in full swing, it means we're halfway through the season... No, not fall, but pumpkin spice latte season!
Maybe you're not a fan of the OG PSL from good old Starbucks. Maybe you've gotten tired of it or you'd simply prefer to support local businesses. Whatever your reason, there are lots of spots around the city with their own versions of classic fall beverage for you to fall in love with.
Address: 753, rue Villeray, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is a perfect place to study and pick up a tasty coffee when you need a fall-flavoured caffeinated pick-me-up.
49th Parallel will be opening its doors on Friday, July 16 starting at 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be handing out free Beignes Lucky's to all customers.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to check out the spot if you ask me!
Plus, there will also be "coffee blends exclusive to the Old Montreal location, in addition to fan-favourite blends such as the Old School Espresso, Longitude 123°W Blend, and Organic French Roast" to try, so any coffee lover will be happy to take a trip over.
When: Officially opens Friday, July 16
Address: 488, rue McGill, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see if British Columbian coffee can compete with Montreal flavours — and for a free donut on opening day!