Poll

What coffee will you be drinking in 2008?

Espresso 77
21 (41.2%)
Starbuck's
9 (17.6%)
Dunkin Donuts
9 (17.6%)
Seba Seba and the like
0 (0%)
Lety's Cafe & Bakery
6 (11.8%)
Canelle Patiserrie
1 (2%)
McDonald's
0 (0%)
All of the above
5 (9.8%)

Total Members Voted: 49

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Offline Chuckster

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2008, 04:00:17 PM »
Earlier today, I caught a commercial by Dunkin Donuts featuring Rachael Ray promoting Dunkin's new toasted menu items.  It seems that Dunkin will be offering oven toasted items, including personal pizzas, hash browns and flatbread sandwiches.  So Starbucks eliminates their breakfast sandwiches, and Dunkin add them and then some.

http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/367261.html
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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2008, 09:41:13 PM »
Earlier today, I caught a commercial by Dunkin Donuts featuring Rachael Ray promoting Dunkin's new toasted menu items.  It seems that Dunkin will be offering oven toasted items, including personal pizzas, hash browns and flatbread sandwiches.  So Starbucks eliminates their breakfast sandwiches, and Dunkin add them and then some.

http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/367261.html


Y'know I tried those hash browns from DD when they first came out with it and it was NASTY!  :o :o  Don't know if they've improved but I ain't even gonna try and find out.

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2008, 02:20:14 PM »
Coffee House Report, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, 2:00 pm

Starbucks: Crowded!
Espresso 77: Crowded!



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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2008, 02:50:38 PM »
I made a trip to both today!  ;D I'm on a bit of a caffeine high right now!

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2008, 02:54:46 PM »
I made a trip to both today!  ;D I'm on a bit of a caffeine high right now!

That's nice to hear.  I opted for Espresso 77 around 10:30ish today.  O.K., so I thought that most folks would be at the new Starbucks.  Wrong!  Espresso 77 was more crowed than usual at this time!
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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2008, 11:59:17 PM »
Starbucks looks beautiful!  8) They did a nice job there and I hope they do good business!  Although, I am loyal to Dunkin I will go to Starbucks occasionally for a Cappuccino.  I must say to Chuckster thank you for letting me know that I can get some cafe de leche (I'm sure I spelled that wrong?) I will def venture out there to.  :D

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2008, 04:50:49 PM »
Thanks, toddg and Chuckster for the update on Espresso 77 since the opening of Starbucks.

I have nothing against Starbucks, but I'd far prefer to see a locally owned business succeed in the neighborhood if it is a choice between the two.  I don't drink coffee, so I don't make it into Espresso 77 very often, but I make all my out of town guests go there for coffee.

I recently saw an article (WSJ?  Business Week?) that said that, counter what you might imagine, Starbucks usually leads to increased business at nearby local shops.  I sure hope that's the case here and that they can both thrive!


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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2008, 06:06:17 PM »
Interesting there's no comparisons between lety's (a local business), and Starbucks. Maybe it's because espresso 77 is more similar to Starbucks than Lety's (which is a bakery first and foremost). However, I recall the Daily News article where she spoke about feeling the coffee sales would decline--at least for awhile, however, knew she had the pasteries hands down. Her competition would really be Cannelle and that's so far, that it might as well be in Sunnyside. However, there are some nice things happening in JH food wise, so they can all co-exist. I think the article that you read was posted on this forum months back. I mean look at all the Thai places in Elmhurst, almost a dime a dozen. It's always Nusara vs. Chao or Sri (i refuse to spell it out) vs. Zabb. I think that variety truly is the way to go, it combats boredom.  I've been doing a lot of Starbucks lately because it's new to this area. Lety's was my main place, so, i'll probably start going again, and it will be like a new place all over again.


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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #23 on: February 29, 2008, 07:36:15 PM »
I'm not a coffee aficionada, but I have to admit that I've been hitting up all the coffee places in the neighborhood.

For best taste, I prefer Espresso 77.  Starbucks offers a comfortable environment to lounge around while enjoying my coffee.  Come to think of it, I'm just starting to learn what this whole "Starbucks" experience is all about.  When I go to Lety's, it's mostly for pastries...which I have to admit that I've been indulging in much too frequently.  I love their anisette cookies.  On Cannelle -- The coffee is just O.K., but O.K. is good enough when the real reason I'm heading over there is for the decadent French pastries and croissants.  I even do Dunkin when I'm just in the mood for a good cup of coffee accompanied by a donut or two.  ::)  Cafe con leche options are definitely abundant in the neighborhood...pair it up with some tostones, a chicharron de guayaba or an empanada, and I'm in heaven!
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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #24 on: February 29, 2008, 09:22:32 PM »
I definitely like the Starbucks experience. I also like some of their food options. Nice, fresh salads and sandwiches that are tasty and low-calorie (when they're not ravaged). Actually a place to get a salad that doesn't use iceburg. I haven't been to Cannelle in ages, probably when the whether is better it will be a real lure.

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2008, 10:18:46 PM »
Does anyone know if the owner of Espresso 77 hangs out at the store with her baby sometimes?

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« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2008, 10:30:06 PM »
Yes, that's Julie.

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2008, 09:01:17 AM »
Julie here from Espresso 77:
Yes, that's me.  My husband Afzal spends much more time at the shop than I do (he is usually working behind the bar most evenings during the week), but Audra and I stop by from time to time to check on things and chat with our wonderful customers.  Please say hi next time you see us!  If you have any questions about the shop, please email me at info@espresso77.com.

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2008, 11:37:36 AM »

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2008, 03:15:06 PM »
Decided to check out the new Starbucks since I had to stop by the post office.  I was appalled they didn't have wifi or any internet connection.  :o :o

I prefer E77 anyway.  :rockon:

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Re: Coffee vs. Coffee
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