Starbucks store reviewer Juan Valdez rides again!
Many of my readers will recognize the name Juan Valdez from a different Starbucks blog, namely, Starbucks Gossip. The famed store reviewer saddled up his burro and traveled all over the country rating and reviewing various Starbucks stores. He recently went into retirement, but the burro wanted to stretch his legs, and the beacon of the green siren called. Thank you Juan Valdez for sharing your store review with StarbucksMelody.com. He stopped into a store in Silverdale, Washington, and here is his review:
2238 Bucklin Hill Road
Greetings from the land of “I haven’t done a SBUX column in quite a while”. Actually, I thought it might be a while longer before I once again darkened the doors of a Starbucks however, one morning last week, the burro began making weird grunting noises. At first I thought he’d eaten a bad batch of carrots but then, as I listened more closely, I realized he was asking if we could go visit the Space Needle. Over the years, I’ve come to learn this is his code for “let’s go to a Starbucks and you can write a column about it.” Don’t ask me why he has a code, he’s a burro for gosh sakes, who the hell knows why they do what they do. And, of course, I had to do it because when you don’t do what a burro wants, they are prone to sudden and unexpected attacks of diarrhea which, as you can imagine, is not fun to be around.
So we visited the Starbucks on Bucklin Hill Road, just down by the water in Silverdale. The store is located in a little strip mall (what a shock, a Starbucks in a strip mall) and the large windows offered a stunning view of a parking lot for as far as the eye can see. This is a nice sized cafe store with lots of seating including several comfy chairs which, as you all know, are my favorite. I got my drink in two minutes, selected a comfy chair and sat down to watch the action play out.
There were four partners on the floor and while they were polite and helpful, they weren’t particularly friendly. There were no real attempts to connect with either myself or any other customers that I saw (or heard). Business was steady but not overly busy. The lobby looked pretty good and, better yet, someone kept doing quick spins to keep it that way.
Too bad they didnt go in the bathroom. There was the same paper debris on the floor when I left as when I came in. There was a partial roll of toilet paper in the holder and another partial roll sitting on top of the holder. Nice. And, of course, the ever ready toilet brush sat in the corner, ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice.
My drink was the proper weight and temp and tasted quite good.
All in all, it was an average visit. The partners could have definitely been more outgoing but at least they weren’t rude. It was basically a strip mall experience for a strip mall store.
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I love starbucks but every starbucks I have ever visited has an unfortunate bathroom situation (minus the ones I visited in England). Why is that?! Ahh!
“And, of course, I had to do it because when you don’t do what a burro wants, they are prone to sudden and unexpected attacks of diarrhea which, as you can imagine, is not fun to be around.” – CRACKED ME UP!
Hey Juan! Welcome to StarbucksMelody and thanks for the update. I was wondering the same thing as Venti_Bold, what did you order?
I for one would be interested in hearing more from you (my Wednesdays have not been the same).
Perhaps because Melody has such a coffee and core focus on her blog you could do a few reviews on drinks and drink standards.
There are so many ways to look at Starbucks and the Starbucks Experience. It would be interesting to hear your point of view on how the product fares (or fails) these days and how well the coffee knowledge is being transferred to today’s baristas.
Good to read Juan again, I enjoy his reviews. I also want to know what his drink was, and –> how was the pastry case?? 🙂
Senor Valdez – good to see your burro is in good health and still gets a hankerin’ for Seattle’s finest brew. What did he order?
Have you ever considered broadening your horizons and adding another national coffee chain to your list of berating reviews? I here Dunkin Donuts serves a superior drip.
The review was short and sweet (and funny). It was more of a YES/NO evaluation vs an indepth sharing of the experience. I like it. I’d like to see more guest reviews from Juan Valdez on your blog 🙂 LET YOUR POWERS COMBINE! What I don’t understand is why there seems to be such a clean bathroom issue among the Starbucks :/ I don’t get it. LOL
I have to admit, the Juan Valdez reviews have helped me with my coffee shop reviews – both Starbucks and non-Starbucks.
Wow. Thanks to everyone for their kind comments! The drink I had was just an ordinary tall latte…sorry it wasn’t anything more exotic.
And the pastry case was fine…sorry for omitting that part.
Thanks for giving JV an outlet Mel, I do reviews of restaurants and am now inspired to expand my horizons to coffee.
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Interesting! What drink did you order?
Was there a diaper change table in the bathroom? 😀