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If you're tired of Starbucks being the master of all coffee shops in your area, Biggby Coffee is your cure. I can't lie, I do go to Starbucks often, but, sometimes, it's just hard not to find a Starbucks. They've become the Walmart of coffee. And while they do serve good coffee, they don't serve the best coffee.
Formerly known as Beaner's Coffee, Biggby Coffee started in East Lansing, Michigan in 1995. The first store had its humble beginnings near Michigan State University in an old Arby's. They are now a successful franchise with locations in 9 different states.
So, why is it so much better than Starbucks. Here are five reasons...
I'll start with the most controversial reason, because it's the most subjective. Everyone has different tastes in coffee, but every time I hear someone compare it to Starbucks, they mention the taste. They say the coffee is fresher and tastes much crisper.
Anyone can go to a Starbucks, right? True, anyone can, but can anyone feel welcome. You can walk into an Abercrombie & Fitch, but if you wearing sweatpants and don't look like a model, you won't feel comfortable. Biggby Coffee provides a very welcoming, chill environment where anyone can enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Do we need to say more. Starbucks' prices are a little ridiculous. It's not like Biggby Coffee is half the price or anything, but saving money is saving money.
This one may sound odd to you, but it's true. Starbucks will try to make you think your drinking or eating healthy in their shop. Biggby has the courage to let you know how unhealthy your coffee habit is. And, in this case, honesty is the best policy.
Who doesn't love punch cards at a restaurant? You just look forward getting that last hole before your next free item. You won't see these at Starbucks.
Of course, when it comes down to it, we all love coffee and we're going to go wherever is most convenient for us at any one particular time. If you haven't tried Biggby Coffee, stop by and try them out sometime.
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Friday, July 30, 2010
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Friday, July 23, 2010
This (not so flattering) note is written tongue and cheek. It is a little painful to read out loud and acknowledge, but it's true and therefor can't be ignored. We at BIGGBY can always improve, and one of the ways we can do that is to stand up and recognize when we make mistakes. This is one of those times!
Thought you might like to have a customer's response to the fact that when one opens this email and views the July 21 thru 25th special offer, it simply does not state that this is a COUPON offer and needs to be PRINTED. In other words, it is of absolutely no value. Thanks ever so much. As a new biggby cusotmer, I've really appreciated this - I've also appreciated that my rewards card has been inaccurate and I've had to spend time on the line with your customer service department straightening that out. In addition, I really appreciated that I was a customer several times a week for 3 weeks at 3 different locations before anyone even informed me that you HAD a loyalty card. And someone might want to know that your 33 percent off mug clearance? Isn't 33 percent at all locally - rather it's buy one, get the second one half off. As a new customer, I simply cannot express how wonderful I'm finding my biggby experience.
Thanks so much,
Friday, July 16, 2010
From my Facebook (find me at BIGGBYbob):
Good afternoon: Yesterday a group of 4-year olds from the East Lansing Childcare program were visiting MSU on a walking field trip and stumbled into a ground bees nest. The bees swarmed and feverishly stung the children. Many were stung at least once and several received over 10 stings. The Childcare Staff staff ran to the nearest location for help - the BiggBy's in the MSU Union. The BiggBy staff, without hesitation, assisted in caring for the children: providing a safe location, ice, and support to calm the children until they all could be transported back to the Childcare Center. The staff at the Union BiggBy's were amazing during this challenging event and the children all recovered completely due in large part to the quick assistance they were able to receive. Please extend our sincere gratitude to any of the staff you may see during your next visit there. I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak on several occasions and am sure that your company's philosophy of customer service contributed to their willingness to help without hesitation. With warm regard and gratitude, Wendy,Parks and Recreation, City of East Lansing
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I joined Debbie Smith and her baristas at the BIGGBY store in Muskegon on Sunday evening to award them their trophy for winning the BIGGBY cookie selling contest. They also received shirts and gift certificates. I had a great time celebrating with her crew and sharing some pizza. What a great crew. They were already thinking about winning the next contest and as customers came in the staff would tell them about the contest and ask them to buy cookies so they could win the award again. Great job.