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Redwood City gets Starbucks Reserve Bar

Uploaded: Nov 3, 2016
Redwood City's latest caffeine option is a new Starbucks "Reserve bar," which serves rare, small-batch coffee from the company’s first-ever Reserve Roastery in Seattle.

The new Starbucks is now open at 2227 Broadway St., just across from Courthouse Square. Customers can taste the premium beans through a variety of brewing methods — Clover-brewed, pour-over, cold brew, nitro cold brew, coffee press, Chemex or siphon. (Don’t panic; the cafe still serves pumpkin spice lattes and cake pops.)

The Reserve concept is Starbucks' effort to go more upscale, at a time when third-wave, hip (and often expensive) coffee shops are increasingly popular. And the company is in the midst of a massive expansion plan, per this Eater article: Starbucks plans open between 500 and 1,000 cafes that exclusively sell Reserve coffees.
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Posted by Jonathan, a resident of Mountain View,
on Nov 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Why do we need to promote low wage, low skill, and low paying employers? We need have Americans work in jobs that promote skill growth, promote benefits, and promote a salary that allows workers to live in the community.

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Posted by KK, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Nov 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

One word - Alcohol.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Nov 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

While "Jonathan" may make a good point overall - with a little research he would find that Starbucks is actually one of the few companies that treats their hourly employees fairly well. Especially those employees who work at least 20 hours per week. Examples are access to annual bonuses, 401K matching, discounted stock purchase options. Starbucks also offers free online college tuition, healthcare insurance and even adoption services. * Source: Motley Fool.

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I don't work for Starbucks, never have worked for them, don't own their stock and have no plans to work for them. I don't mind poking at companies like WalMart, etc. who have well-earned reputations for treating employees like dirt. But I think it is only appropriate to point out companies who actually try to do the right thing.

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Posted by pogo, a resident of Woodside: other,
on Nov 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

pogo is a registered user.

How does opening a Starbucks "promote low wage, low skill, and low paying employers?" Not every job requires a ton of skill or pays terribly well.

The 50 or so people that this new store will employ are applying for their jobs voluntarily and will probably be very happy to work there. That's their decision.

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Posted by Randy Clunge, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

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Big fan of the 'French press' style coffee.. strong and clean tasting. Just wish they didn't name it 'french' - it makes me feel like I should be wearing a beret.

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Posted by Common sense, a resident of Mountain View,
on Nov 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

Randy: It's only to give credit where due. Just like "French-fried" potatoes (another kitchen method popularized there). Or Russian salads, Swiss cheese, Chinese cabbage, Italian vermouth, Polish sausage. . . In turn, some European countries still call turkeys "Indian chickens" (as in, native-American), shortened in some regions to simply "Indian" (as in, "What's for dinner?" "Roast Indian"). I am not making this up. . .

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