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Peet's vs Starbucks Iced Coffee

snackish Apr 19, 2004 09:03 PM

Disclaimer: I usually go to the small indy coffeehouse but they don't have iced coffee. So on hot summer days I head across the street from work to Starbucks.

I had heard Starbucks had awful coffee from some fairly trustworthy people, but I found their iced coffee acceptable...until the other day when I was near a Peet's (30 miles from home) and stopped in and got an iced coffee.

It was 50 times better than Starbucks. It was like a whole different animal.

Tough luck for me - now I am wrecked for Starbucks and have no Peet's nearby.

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    Milton RE: snackish Apr 19, 2004 09:06 PM

    Have you tried Peets mail order website (peets.com)?

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      snackish RE: Milton Apr 19, 2004 10:30 PM

      I buy excellent coffee online from jim's organic coffee, or from the global exchange website, where they sell all organic, fair trade and shade-grown...

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      dork RE: snackish May 14, 2004 05:21 PM

      i think cost plus sells peet's beans.

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        gmk1322 RE: dork Aug 25, 2009 07:49 PM

        Cost Plus sells their own brand of coffee. Whole Foods carries Peets to the best of my knowledge (seen in in the store in Fresno, CA).

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        Eater0329 RE: snackish Aug 24, 2009 11:56 PM

        Peets iced coffee is 100 times better than starbucks iced coffee. Starbucks Coffee is non drinkable.

        1. Phurstluv RE: snackish Aug 25, 2009 08:27 AM

          Love Peet's. Hate Starbucks, always have, never got why they're so popular their coffee is extremely bitter.

          I get Peet's at all of my local west side grocery stores - Vons, Ralph's & Gelsons.

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            yummychomp RE: snackish Aug 25, 2009 09:05 AM

            its like plasma to black and white tv...so apparent..the aroma hits you as you walk in.peets is a treat and the fresh taste of their beans smack your palate..iced coffee very good.is a small trek from my crib....but well worth it...gold medal goes to peets! im going to try inteligensia soon and will post my response.and compare all 3...

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              ferret RE: yummychomp Aug 25, 2009 10:25 AM

              McDonald's iced coffee is my golden standard. Very, very good.

            2. westsidegal RE: snackish Aug 25, 2009 09:07 AM

              i feel your pain.
              the best work-around to the problem is to order an iced americano at starbucks instead of an iced coffee.

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                free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: westsidegal Aug 29, 2009 08:23 PM

                And add an extra shot of espresso so that it is stronger. I tried Starbucks iced coffee when it first came out and thought it was really good, but it must have been too strong because the last time I had it it seemed weaker. I am not a fan of their brewed coffee either. Since I love iced coffee in the summer I make an extra-extra strong pot of coffee and keep in my fridge at home or in a plastic jug at work. It is much cheaper than coffee houses or chains and it keeps for a few days (if I don't drink it all).

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                NewDude RE: snackish Aug 26, 2009 12:18 AM

                I hear ya. I used to believe in supporting the local indys even if they served me 2 oz. of rancid lizard spit. But everyone has their limits.

                Starbucks iced coffee is just off. It is sweet, and chocolate-y, but also always tastes like the plastic cup it comes in. Not nice.

                I've always wondered if Peet's quality had dropped off as a result of expansion. I guess not. They're back on my short list.

                Oh wait a second, I don't even drink coffee anymore!

                1. A5 KOBE RE: snackish Aug 26, 2009 01:28 AM

                  Hate both...too much acid.

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                    RCTRIPLEFRESH5 RE: snackish Aug 27, 2009 02:52 AM

                    starbucks is good to me although nothing can beat a mcdonalds iced mocha, or hot mocha is good too. however they put in so much ice that theres not much coffee so the hot coffee is a much better value. i just go to exxon and get half mocha half hazlenut and i dont put any ice in. and it costs me around 2.50 for a 24 oz cup (same as mcdonalds esxcep i dont put in ice) and mcdonalds is 3.09.

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                      glbtrtr RE: snackish Aug 29, 2009 09:28 PM

                      Peet's Freddo far outshines Starbuck's Frappacino. I'd go miles out of my way for a Peet's Freddo.

                      1. Honeychan RE: snackish Aug 29, 2009 10:31 PM

                        I HATE SB's iced coffee. Just UGHHH.

                        Personally, i'm addicted to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's iced coffee. 3 shots of espresso, a little spritz of water, and ice. PERFECT! Nice and strong, it'll put hair on your chest if you're not expecting it. I drink it daily!

                        1. Azizeh RE: snackish Sep 8, 2009 12:45 PM

                          I find that Peet's is a much better quality than Starbucks. I only go to Starbucks if I want what basically amounts to a coffee flavored milkshake (Frappucino) or if there is no other option in sight.

                          At least in LA, they do sell Peet's beans at Whole Foods. You might try calling a Peet's store and asking them which blend they use for their iced coffee, since they have several.

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