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Starbucks alternatives in the US? (Other chains, I mean.)

Asked by lrk (757points) January 1st, 2009

I just came back from a few months in the UK. In the UK, Starbucks was (approximately) equally as two competing stores, Costa and Caffè Nero. Are there any similar competing chains in the US?

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queenzboulevard's avatar

Coffee Bean maybe?

mike_perrault's avatar

Duncan Donuts, especially in the Northeast

SuperMouse's avatar

In my city I think there are actually more Scooter’s coffeehouses than there are Starbucks.

thatbutterfly's avatar

try making a cup of joe at home…try cafe bustelo.

cookieman's avatar

Dunkin Donuts is HUGE here in New England. They can be excellent, but also inconsistent as they are franchised.

I prefer Honey Dew Donuts, a much smaller chain here.

Perchik's avatar

Caribou Coffee.

srmorgan's avatar

In the Southeast,
Port City Java, originated here in Wilmington NC

eambos's avatar

7 – Eleven and Wawa!

AstroChuck's avatar

Seattle’s Best (I once heard Starbuck’s owns them, though),
Java City, and It’s a Grind here in NorCal.

loser's avatar

Peet’s is pretty cool.

seVen's avatar

McDonald’s Newmans Own Coffee

nexstar5's avatar

community coffee…

AstroChuck's avatar

I forgot Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

buster's avatar

There is a lot of places like Starbuck’s in Oregon called “The Coffee People.”

netxm's avatar

Dunkin Donuts is the best

tiffyandthewall's avatar

Gloria Jean’s, but their actual coffee is the foulest thing i’ve ever had.
Dunkin Donuts is like their biggest competitor here though i think

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Megan64's avatar

I don’t personally know @Pete, but maybe he’s on to something. Visiting folks at home for a nice cuppa.

lrk's avatar

@petethepothead biased, much? ;)

angelshine's avatar

Coffee Beanery or Norma Jean’s.

AstroChuck's avatar

I would think you’d find some pretty fine herbal tea at Pete’s.

AstroChuck's avatar

Chronically good, in fact.

arnbev959's avatar

Oh, sure. Come on over for a pot of tea ;)

Zaku's avatar


Many smaller ones.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I like Dutch Brothers.

seekingwolf's avatar

In upstate NY, as well as PA and perhaps a few other states, there is Tim Hortons. It’s a chain that originated from Canada. I love their coffee and bagels, and they also have some good sandwiches and soups if you’re craving that sort of thing.

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