What It's Like To Go To Starbucks In Russia (SBUX)
It was a hot, humid day in July, and cold caffeinated beverages were calling my name. I copped out on having a uniquely Russian experience in a small family-owned coffee shop and fell into a Starbucks instead.
I ended up having a uniquely Russian experience anyway, drinking and socializing with the employees!
Disclosure: Our trip to Moscow, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Russian Quantum Center.
There's the familiar logo. It's a welcome symbol of refreshing drinks on such a muggy day.
Heading inside, I was greeted by the usual thrum of activity you'd expect in an urban Starbucks.
In-store merchandising, of course.
There are books to read and boardgames to play while you drink your beverage. The only English title I could find was "Radio Receiver Theory."
There's free WiFi for your Internet browsing pleasure. But let's order a drink!
I got an iced latte to fight the heat. They managed to spell my name more correctly than any Starbucks ever has in America.
The total came to 240 RUB, about $7.25 US (a little steep if you ask me).
The next time I looked up, I was the only customer in the whole joint. Surreal.
The employees sat with me and walked me through a coffee tasting. There was even chocolate! I stumbled through one of the only Russian phrases I know: "Vy ochen milaya!" or "You are very nice!"
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