In case Starbucks’s reputation as a snobby, bourgeois mainstay wasn’t quite entrenched enough, the Seattle-based super-chain recently announced a new $7 coffee in 48 specially equipped stores. That’s $7 for a grande, no less. While the chain insists its Geisha varietal is rare, concentrated and otherwise “exquisite,” as spokeswoman Alisa Martinez told the Chicago Tribune, a stubborn economic fact remains: You can buy a lot of other (better?) beverages for $7.
Here, presented without comment, are 12 delicious D.C. drinks that cost $7 or less. They might not hail from Central America or retail for $40 a bag, but they should make you question your sanity the next time you stand in a Starbucks line.
●House Negroni (Fiola’s): $6 during daily happy hour
●On-tap shot of Fernet Branca (The Passenger): $7
●New York Egg Creme (Gina Chersevani’s Buffalo & Bergen): $3
●Presidential Sweet Concrete (Shake Shack): $6.50
●Can of Schlitz and shot of Jameson (Red Derby): $5
●Frozen Strawberry Habanero Margarita (El Chucho): $7
●Two-serving French press of Vigilante Coffee (Room 11): $4
●Red wine-cachaça sangria (Estadio): $6
●Burns’ Night Bluejacket & Pizza Port (ChurchKey): $7
●Large bubble tea (Shanghai Lounge): $5.50
●20 oz. hand-squeezed melon juice (Juice Joint): $6.25
●Homemade ginger soda (We the Pizza): $3
Oh, and per a viral Jimmy Kimmel taste test, most people have no idea what fancy coffee tastes like, anyway.