Rivals: Espresso House VS Starbucks

For our first head to head, rival on rival, catfight, we start out with an easy one:

Starbucks KjΓΈttbasaren πŸ†š Espresso House Olav Kyrres Gate

I tested the coffee on a cold rainy day, so also got to see how the cups faired keeping the drinks warm.

Before I had even tried both coffees I knew it was an easy one.

I ordered a flat white at both places. Espresso House was the only one who a) offered me a sleeve for the cup, b) talked to me while I waited and c) had the front door open, so I could actually get out. Starbucks had 2 heavy double doors, both closed, and I struggled to balance my cup, bags and umbrella for what seemed like forever, while the staff watched me. They offered no help, even though they had noone else to serve. I know I’m not some frail old lady, but shame on you Starbucks KjΓΈttbasaren. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Lesson of the day is that some basic kindness goes a long way. Before I had even tried both coffees I knew it was an easy one.

Let’s look at the scores.


Flat White: 🌟 🌟 2/5

Customer service: 🌟 1/5

Cup insulation: 🌟 🌟 🌟 3/5

Place: 🌟 🌟 (so boring in there!) 2/5

Feeling when I left: πŸ˜―πŸ˜•πŸ˜‘πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜’ -5/5

Espresso House

Flat White: 🌟 🌟🌟 🌟 4/5

Customer service: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 5/5

Cup insulation: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 4/5

Place: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 4/5

Feeling when I left: 😊😊😊😊😊 5/5

Enjoy the crushing victory EH πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ‘ I’m sad to say I probably won’t be going back to that Starbucks, coffee wasn’t even nice.

Now all that remains is to wait for my colleague, so I can pretend I bought him a Starbucks πŸ˜‡

PS: There is a Starbucks in Bergen which I really like, so this review is just for this particular one.

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