Starbucks Vs. Mr. Coffee

If I could visit Starbucks every morning and pick up a lovely dark roast coffee to jolt my senses, I would. Nothing fancy like a skinny triple foam vanilla latte – just a $2 grande dark roast, with room for cream. I truly admire the company’s branding, member rewards program and its employee benefits (offering to pay for tuition at Arizona State University is just one way to build a stronger workforce through education…read more on their site). Caressing a cup bearing a mysterious green (no, Starbucks green) siren means more than holding simple coffee – it symbolizes someone’s dream of becoming an international coffee house come true.

Moreover, Starbucks’ campaigns constantly strike me with a sweet note. Its emphasis on providing smartly-sourced, high-quality coffee and sharing beverages with friends anywhere, anytime, turns the product into a stellar service. A service where you can catch up with anyone, rediscover the past and build your future – all in the comfort of a Starbucks and your personalized drink. It’s more than just coffee – it’s a community builder. Just take a look at their “Meet Me at Starbucks” campaign released September 2014.

Nonetheless, as we all know, little coffees purchased here and there add up in no time, no matter what makes up an intern’s dream.

So, I resort to brewing coffee at home most days whenever I feel like treating myself to a cup of joe. Throughout college, I used my roommate’s Mr. Coffee coffeemaker (DW Series 12-Cup Switch Coffeemaker, Black). The appliance brewed fantastic coffee I could rely on whenever preparing myself for the day, tests, essays, etc.

And then I moved to Washington, DC, and purchased the same Mr. Coffee coffeemaker for my new residence. I followed my trusted routine: I placed a filter in the basket, filled the machine with cold water, dropped a few tablespoons of my favorite french roast coffee, and pressed the “On” switch.

The house began to smell like a nuclear power plant.

Unfortunately, I decided to sip on the lighter-than-usual brown liquid, and I can proudly say I now know what plastic tastes like. Perhaps I was going insane – but alas, after searching “plastic tasting coffee from new coffeemaker” on Google, I discovered that most all new coffeemakers brew plastic-tasting coffee during its first few trials. View a thread on the topic here.

The trick? Brewing a simple solution of 1/4 vinegar to every cup of water in your new coffeemaker supposedly cleanses the machine from its chemicals leftover from production.

My new Mr. Coffee coffeemaker brewing the anti-chemical solution - vinegar and water.

My new Mr. Coffee coffeemaker brewing the anti-chemical solution – vinegar and water.

According to one website, these chemicals are toxic, and will continue finding their way into your elixir.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue using my coffeemaker even though it finally let go of its plastic taste – perhaps a french press will do. After all, bad coffee makes for a bad morning. Throw in a few chemicals, and your entire day goes haywire!

What coffeemakers do you use? Or, what alternative methods do you depend on for making coffee?

Talk to you soon,



2 thoughts on “Starbucks Vs. Mr. Coffee

    • jonathanochart says:

      I’ve never heard of Aeropress, but after checking it out, it looks like a great option! And a nice price tag, too. Thanks for sharing, Jay!

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