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Starbucks stores in Japan reopen as virus spread slows

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I didnt even know they were shut......just goes to show how much I "care" about their coffee!

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who in their right mind is in the mood to sit next to a bunch of people and drink a cup of coffee for 600 yen?

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"Starbucks stores in Japan reopen as v̶i̶r̶u̶s̶ ̶s̶p̶r̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶s̶l̶o̶w̶s̶ virus testing slows"

Fixed the title

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@Dango Bong

Me!

But the daily coffee is 320yen.

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Never really thought much of Starbuck coffee but I do enjoy the atmosphere and the people who use them plus the free wifi is cool. Maybe a few times a year is our norm.

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I forgot about all the pseudo hipsters who enjoy getting ripped off over crud coffee

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What is a Pseudo Hipster?

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Yey.....great, dont think any westerner goes to Starbucks because of their coffee, its the atmosphere that has me coming back.

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I forgot about all the pseudo hipsters who enjoy getting ripped off over crud coffee

Calendar check, it is not 1997. Check out third wave coffee for the hipsters, pseudo or otherwise.

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I wonder how that is going to work. There won't be much social distancing.

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The one near us closed long before the so called state of emergency as one of the staff. Had the virus.

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using paper cups and plastic cutlery, instead of mugs and stainless steel cutlery to minimize infection risks.

Cheap excuse. I believe all restaurants sanitize their dishes with their mandatory sanitizer. Though I do like the atmosphere, I do think they can do way better environmentally. They only give you a mug IF you request it and only IF you get a hot drink.

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Dango Bong Psuedo Hipsters = regular people in Japan. Starbucks is where all kinds of regular people go to. Have you ever been to starbucks in Japan?

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My wife likes the milkshakey ones, which are a bit expensive, but not bad, so I get her to size up and we share one. To make something similar at home, you'll need xanthan gum as a thickener. You'll not get the texture without it, even with a 50,000 yen USA-strength blender.

I must say I like that Starbucks now uses fully automated coffee machines. None of that "art of the barista" from them any more. All the staff do is hit a button. There are still things where the human hand and insight can outperform machines, but I doubt making a cup of coffee is one of them. That's mostly going to be mysticism to get you to pay more.

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Though I do like the atmosphere, I do think they can do way better environmentally. They only give you a mug IF you request it and only IF you get a hot drink.

BYO tumbler as I do....that way you,ll always feel ' green '.

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Zichi,

Like usual you have nailed it.

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Only reason I go to Starbucks is because it's guaranteed tobacco free. It's certainly not for the coffee!

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zichi: agree with you on the atmosphere, for the most part. The one near me has become a place for obachan to shout at the top of their lungs, or people who don't even buy anything there sitting for hours with laptops and even sleeping there for half the day. It's incredibly hard at that one to chill out and enjoy it, and I think upon reopening the annoyance will increase 10-fold. So, I'll wait, or find a quieter one out of the way.

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Starbucks has reopened!? I had no idea I could make coffee on my own.

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I think the coffeeshop experience is a close together, we are in the trend kind of thing. Until we are back to that, I don't see the lure of overpriced coffee in a nice atmosphere. Yes, many people make their own coffee. I like to put some cacao nibs into the grinder with the beans to get a nice chocolatey taste.

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In the last couple of years, I've been getting coffee latte, which is decent, at my local combini for around 150 yen and sitting in the nearby park. Winter is the exception. Hardly ever go to 'bucks these days.

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Wouldn't this help spread it back up? Didn't it spread from low (very low) to Today's low?

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