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    Quote Originally Posted by suarezn View Post
    I think Starbucks would be successful in The DR - at least a couple of them anyway. I can see one working out in some place like Acropolis or one of the new malls being built, definitely at the airports (Punta Cana, La Romana, Santo Domingo). You probably wouldn't see ME there except maybe if they have free Wifi, but not for the coffee. The rich, the American wannabe Dominicans and Americans who live down there or visit would make this a viable business IMO.

    I like my Dominican coffee brewed by those old ladies who really know how to use a Greca or even more old school a Colador. That to me is the best.
    Starbucks finally hit Buenos Aires in mid 2008, and was a bust.They kept the high N.A. pricing.Wanting such steep prices for gourmet coffee from Latin America. Literally a 1/3 the price everywhere else. In SD I would imagine they would do the traditionall norm, and raise the prices higher than USA in true IKEA style...It better be located near Blue Mall or Acropolis. "Jevito central"

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    Starbucks god no no no, We have McDonald's, although less than half of what used to be here, We have Burger King, and less a few. We have Pizza Hut. We had Church's Fried Chicken, We had Subway, Wendy's is back but only know of 1 here in SD. TGI Friday, Outback. KFC.
    Now your talking about a place that can't make a decent cup of normal coffee. Got to have something in it, or they cant sell it. I hate the stuff. I would rather buy from the guy with the Thermos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    I don't think you will find many people who have had Dominican coffee who prefer Starbucks. Almost all coffee shops make espresso to order for under US$1 and you can get it for cheaper once you get out of the tourist zones.

    Starbucks does have shops in Puerto Rico, Brazil and Mexico, but I think they are still a few years away from getting into the DR.

    Dominican coffee makes a great gift to bring back to the US. You can get single pot bags for 5 pesos each or a pound for 80 pesos. The most popular brand by far is Cafe Molido Santo Domingo. To make it at home, you need an a stovetop coffee maker like this:

    Here they call those 'grecas'. I have a 12 cup and it gets a workout. A 12 cup greca puts out about 2 and 2/3 mugs of coffee American style.

    I used to buy Santo Domingo molido coffee but a few months ago I bought a pound of Monte Alto organic and haven't looked back.

    My opinion: Starbucks sucks

    Again IMO in Boston Dunkin Donuts makes a far better coffee at a fraction of the Starbucks price but here in Santo Permanentheatwave the stuff I make at home in a greca is soooo good.

    I make it with cinnamon sticks in the greca and serve it with 0% fat milk, 1/3 teaspoon of sugar and a 1 tablespoon of unsweetened chocolate.

    Two places in Santo Domingo that make great coffee are Villars Hermanos on Independencia, corner of Pasteur and la Cafetera on El Conde.

    Starbucks in Santo Domingo = Taking crap coal to Newcastle

    On this island they grow the stuff in perfect growing conditions. Cornyo

    For me, part of living here ( 7 and 1/2 years now ) is discovering the local marvels and letting go bit by bit what I loved in my native land.

    For example: I never ran red lights in Boston (much). One $100 ticket cured me of that.

    In Santo Domingo I followed the crowd and ran red lights with impunity. Then the traffic police confiscated my driver's license several years ago as things started to tighten up. The fines weren't much but spending half a day at AMET headquarters and grovelliing before a traffic judge (soy culpable como el pecado; meresco la Victoria) to get a rise out of her and a lenient 50 peso fine (or somesuch) was part of my local experience but not something I want to repeat.

    Now the AMET give you a ticket and if you don't pay it you can't renew your license.

    Again, when in Rome; now I stop at red lights, crane my neck looking for AMET and if they're not around...BOOM...blow on through.

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    Another great coffee in the DR is called West Indies Coffee. The owner, Jose Ureña, is a great guy and collects his coffee from coffee producing co-ops throughout the country. He currently has a small storefront on Calle Mercedes in the Zona Colonial.

    He is an absolute coffee connoisseur and ever since he broke down why Cafe Santo Domingo is an overproduced low quality coffee, I stopped buying.

    His coffee is worth a try and you can order online: West Indies Coffee | Gourmet Dominican Coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjmurray View Post
    .......He currently has a small storefront on Calle Mercedes in the Zona Colonial.......
    Near what cross street? Mercedes is the street with the flower ladies on the corner near parque independencia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbird View Post
    Near what cross street? Mercedes is the street with the flower ladies on the corner near parque independencia?
    "Located on Calle Las Mercedes between Arzobispo Meriño and Isabel La Católica, the small cafe’s inviting atmosphere offers a relaxing break from the hussle of the Zona’s busy streets."

    Gourmet Dominican Coffee at West Indies | dr1guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougar View Post
    it's starbucks produces such a horrible product and they stilll get buissness i don't know how they do it?
    They have so much market domination that for many people real coffee = Starbucks. Whilst in the Domnican Republic people know otherwise i.e Startbucks is a coffee flavoured milk drink.

    The same applies to supermarkets - people are led to believe they are cheap whereas in reality local food markets are consierably cheaper for fruit and veg. - they can dictate the price of goods as Starbucks can dictate what constitues a cup of coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamborista View Post
    "Located on Calle Las Mercedes between Arzobispo Meriño and Isabel La Católica, the small cafe’s inviting atmosphere offers a relaxing break from the hussle of the Zona’s busy streets."

    Gourmet Dominican Coffee at West Indies | dr1guide
    That location is a short block from the Plaza España.

    Quadrant I-6 on the map

    http://www.colonialzone-dr.com/stodgo_map-lenin.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamborista View Post
    "Located on Calle Las Mercedes between Arzobispo Meriño and Isabel La Católica, the small cafe’s inviting atmosphere offers a relaxing break from the hussle of the Zona’s busy streets."

    Gourmet Dominican Coffee at West Indies | dr1guide
    Ya, I wrote that article Unfortunately, he will be moving very soon from that location but he wants to stay in the Colonial Zone. He has had some differences with the owner of the building.

    Will keep an update on where he goes.

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    Starbucks regular coffee is actually not that expensive and I think they sell it just to say they are a coffee house, because nowadays they make most of their money with the different flavored coffees they sell (frapuccinos, mocha something other, etc...) which I admit is lacking in The DR. Dominicans have a sweet tooth so to that extent I think these types of concoctions would go very well with the public down there.

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