Monday, June 25, 2014
Forced to Starbucks! Yes, I’ve been forced to Starbucks against my will .. I didn’t want to, but I’ve been forced into it. Forced against my free will .. Well . I’m here at Starbucks on Bleecker Street, corner of Morton in Greenwich Village .. My favorite cafe, the beloved Once Upon a Tart closed Saturday. They had a party for the staff and favorite customers yesterday, which I went to, but today? No more Tart. If you read any of my post the past two days, I’ve already said a bit about the Tart .. Just here today letting the world know, I’ve been forced to do Starbucks .. Well yes, there are other choices, and I did one this morning by going to an old favorite, Caffe Dante on Macdougald Street, but you see I have two coffees a day. That’s 2 trips to cafes practically everyday. A coffee (Cafe Latte) cost me a whopping $5 at Caffe Dante, so I can’t afford to go there twice a day as I did at Once Upon a Tart for years. I’d spend about $6 a day at The Tart. At Dante, those same 2 coffees would cost me $10 mutliplied by about 350 times, is $3,500, quite a lot of money for coffee (that’s 1 year). Those same coffees cost me about $2,100 a year, for a savings of $1,400 a year. That adds up. I love Caffe Dante and have about 4 coffees (Cappuccino or Cafe Latte) times a week, but 14 times? No can do.
So, as I said, I went to Caffe Dante, did my writing and such, and that Cafe Latte cost me $3.75 plus $1.25 tip for a total of $5 .. It’s waitress service, so you have to leave at least a dollar tip. Anyway, I had my morning coffee as I always do (and write for 2 hours), then I go home for an hour, make a little lunch, and then go for my second cafe trip of the day, a coffee and an hour at the Tart before I head up to work at 4PM .. Kanai at The Tart used to call my 2nd appearance at The Tart in a day, “My 2nd Shift,” and so I do everyday. Now I already spent $5 for my first coffee of the day. Now I’m having my second. I’m not going back to Dante for another $5 coffee, and The Tart is closed (so Sadly), so here I am at Starbucks for a coffee and Wifi for just Two Bucks … Well, I guess there are worst things in life. I know millions of people really love Starbucks. Me, I’m not a big fan. I had The Tart and Caffe Dante, I love nice little independent cafes, not Giant Corporate Conglomerate owned ones, but to each hsi own.
Anyway, that’s it for now, “Adios Amigos!”
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Macdougald Street, Greenwich Village New York
photo by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke