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Panera Bread

PanerabreadAll this talk about Starbucks and I’m beginning to think that Panera Bread isn’t feeling the love.

Yes Starbucks has overpriced coffee and the atmosphere to boot.  Nice cozy cubbies, eclectic music accentuating the swirling of cappuccinos machines – and questionable mini-lunch options.  Darn good gingerbread muffins though.

Why the Starbucks hating?  Well I had planned to go there to get some work done today…seems all trendy pastors should make the weekly pilgrimage to this American icon, and I felt that I wasn’t doing my part to keep the stock prices up.  But alas – packed to the gills.  Full of 40 and 50 somethings drinking their latte’s and reading yesterdays newspapers.

So I had to change plans.  Panera Bread is right down the road from my house and it has always been good to me.  Then I thought…why Starbucks anyway?  Here are my arguments:

  1. Panera Bread’s overpriced coffee is much better than Starbucks.  Let’s face it, Starbucks lost to McDonalds coffee in a taste test….its mud. 
  2. Starbucks thinks an 1/8" of room is enough to dilute the ‘put hair on your chest and other places you don’t want-strong coffee’.  Room for me with Starbucks is half a cup.  Panera let’s you make your own room.
  3. Panera’s overpriced coffee has some justification….free refills!
  4. Pay for internet!  Ha!  Free wi-fi at Panera….shame on you Starbucks.
  5. Room for more!  Panera has more than 4 chairs.
  6. Coffee Club@  8 Coffee’s at Panera and you get any free coffee drink on the menu!
  7. Where else can you go to get the nice fresh smell of burning bread?
  8. If you end up staying through lunch you have all sorts of options!  Can we say soup in a bread bowl?

Only thing missing….freakn’ awesome Peppermint Mochas.