Starbucks vs. Einstein’s Bro Bagels – The Current

Starbucks is the superior coffee

Brielle Aguayo

Starbucks, for many coffee lovers, is the holy grail of macchiatos, frappuccinos and, most famous of all, pumpkin spice lattes. These beverages are not only the most popular among younger generations, but as a society, we have all collectively had an obsession at least once with Starbucks beverages and delicious treats. My love for Starbucks grew even stronger when I started living on campus, where its convenient location hooked me.

As a coffee connoisseur, I enjoy iced vanilla lattes and grilled white iced mochas. They are both sweet and have just the right amount of coffee that I prefer as a consumer. As for non-coffee items, I’m a refreshment enthusiast. Such as dragon drink, strawberry acai lemonade, kiwi fruit starfruit and pink drink. These drinks offer a fresh taste of caffeinated bases and a take on different fruit flavors.

The world-renowned company not only has some of the best drink combinations I’ve ever tried, but the food products are delicious. The food menu is also something I gravitate towards when I go to Starbucks for my daily breakfast. In particular, I’m a huge fan of their breakfast sandwiches; the bacon-gouda and egg sandwich, and the double smoked bacon-egg and cheddar sandwich.

Starbucks does a phenomenal job of providing unique food and beverages that taste great and are well prepared in creative ways.

Give Einstein Bros. bagels a shot.

Sophie Cortes

With Starbucks’ iron grip on breakfast foods and coffee, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are genuinely better and cheaper options out there. Einstein Bros. Bagels is one such place that you can easily find on campus. Unlike Starbucks’ stoic rotation of often unsatisfying breakfast sandwiches and paninis, Einstein Bros. offers a wide selection of truly delicious sandwiches at affordable prices that you can customize to your heart’s content. My favorite of the bunch being the “savory turkey” which tastes like a cucumber asiago bagel sandwich in heaven.

But coffee is where the biggest differences lie. While Einstein’s iced coffees and lattes can sometimes be too sweet, which Starbucks doesn’t seem to mind when promoting their “signature lattes,” their freshly brewed coffee is where the greatest of their strengths. Einstein offers wonderful blends of dark and medium roasts, my favorite being their French Vanilla Roast, which delivers a wonderful, sweet aroma and incredibly flavorful vanilla and nutty notes, all from a single black coffee. If you’re not a fan of black coffee and enjoy the sweetness most Starbucks products bring, Einstein offers cold brew shakes in a variety of flavors that go way above any Frappuccino.

Starbucks is overpriced and their food can be lackluster at times. Their Pike Place roast? It tastes like office coffee. It’s surprising that while their blond and dark roasts change, there’s no replacing the bitter earth water that is Pike’s Place. Not to mention how their regular espresso is incredibly below average. If you want a great tasting espresso that does the job, you have to pay extra for the blonde. Where Starbucks lacks, Einstein Bros. comes to pick up the pace as an underrated classic.

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