This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the 'ham


April 9th, 2007

Over the weekend I met my friend Jill at Starbucks by Whole Foods, one of the two Starbucks in Framingham. 

I used to think I wasn’t a huge starbucks person but I do like their fancy/latte drinks (sometimes I’m horrified at how ridiculous I sound asking for a decaf soy sugar-free vanilla latte).  I like these drinks so much I decided to just buy a machine to make them at home which is great but sometimes it really is convenient to just go to Starbucks, and they have nice chairs and tables to sit and be comfortable at.

We both got a Chai tea which was good and split a chocolate croissant which was just ok and reminded me why I just stick to the drinks.

I don’t think any of their baked good are impressive but that’s fine, since the drinks take enough from my wallet anyway.

I guess there is not too much to say about Starbucks, it’s in a decent location and the drinks and service are pretty reliable.  As my aunt used to say “it is what it is”.
Jill and I have both experienced getting a coupon for a free drink if they mess up the order so it’s nice they care about getting the drinks right.

Even though I don’t usually like chains that take over the nation, I think it would be great if a Starbucks opened downtown  (maybe the old “daisy’s” consignment shop would be a good location for train commuters) but who knows if that will ever happen.


  1. When I was working in NYC last year, I’d have some every day, sometimes twice a day. Especially when the weather warmed up and I was stopping on my walk to the office for an iced Americano, and then another for a mid day break. It was nice being a regular 🙂 Thank G-d I was on an expense account though, it is expensive!

    I’m with you on the customer service, they do a great job. If you have a bad experience and write to headquarters through the .com, they’ll send you drink coupons in the mail.

    I don’t drink much coffee any more. It took three days for the damn headaches to subside. I was addicted to Starbucks!

    Comment by scott April 9, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  2. Their “low fat” apple coffee cake is quite yummy and they just started testing out their breakfast sandwiches in the area. I had one at that very Starbucks a few weeks ago. It wasn’t bad at all!
    I am an addict and if I could afford it I would stop and buy a venti iced latte every morning.

    Comment by Jennifer April 9, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  3. Michellle: love your little stories of visits to local fooderies. Love starbucks; to me, dunks tastes like water. beth

    Comment by beth April 9, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  4. I think the fact that we ONLY have two Starbucks is an accurate indicator of the socioeconomic status of Framingham, as well as its north/south split.
    I agree that one Downtown would be great for commuters (maybe also in front of the soon-to-be new Walgreens in the old Cadillac dealership; or at street level in the new Arcade?), but I think more than that it would be a real affirmation/predictor that Downtown is on the upswing. Can’t wait….

    Comment by Matt April 9, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  5. I became a Starbucks fan about a year ago. I like the soy milk and the mocha shots. Their coffee is stronger than DD’s. If you want something very good to eat, try their Pumpkin Spice Cake. It’s out of this world.

    I’d like to see some sort of coffee shop in Saxonville (since Nobscot has 3 of them). There’s been an empty location in the plaza down near the post office for years.

    Comment by Susie April 29, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

  6. la la la… starbucks…
    I used to live in Northern California and over the span of a winter there I was turned onto a few local coffee shops very similar to Starbucks, I was specifically turned onto Chai which I’d never had while living on the east coast. Starbucks offers a very decent cup of chai amongst other great warm-me-up drinks (my wife loves the Green Tea Lattes). I hate giving big business’ my money and a large (soy) chai is about $4.20, so double that if I’m getting my wife a cup as well… $8.40 on a somewhat daily basis seems a little steep and I HOPE someone opens up a local coffee shop that offers similar drinks. Till then I’ll be a Starbucks sucker and pay the price for the mass produced yet suprisingly decent coffee and teas which put Dunkin’ Donuts to shame (with the exception of Hot Chocolate.. i hate starbucks version).

    Comment by Alec March 17, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

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