Starbucks vs. Second Cup at Christmas

Post ImageAs a self-described caffeine addict, I end up spending a lot of money on drinks at Christmas from Starbucks and Second Cup. When I need a good fix, I usually just have my Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, but when it’s Christmas I tend to have a lot of lattes (and I guess, less caffeine). I realize that Starbucks vs. Second Cup is nothing like Coke vs. Pepsi, but it’s interesting nonetheless. My Grandma, for example, prefers Second Cup while I prefer Starbucks – but what about at Christmas? Here’s a quick comparison:

  • In terms of the cups, I think Second Cup wins. I really like the red cup at Starbucks, but the Second Cup one looks so much more festive (and more colorful!). I also like that they make the cardboard sleeve pink too. That being said, Starbucks has the much better marketing campaign! Check out
  • My favorite drink of all is definitely the Eggnog Latte at Starbucks. Unfortunately there is nothing similar at Second Cup.
  • Both shops have a Gingerbread Latte, but I think the Second Cup version tastes much better.
  • The Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks and the Candycane Latte at Second Cup are somewhat similar, but I much prefer the Peppermint Mocha.
  • I don’t buy hot chocolate, so I am not sure how their respective holiday versions stack up!

What’s your favorite? Any other coffee houses with good Christmas offerings?

5 thoughts on “Starbucks vs. Second Cup at Christmas

  1. Great Post, entertaining and interesting!!! I am not a coffee drinker at all but I do enjoy my hot chocolate and my favorite kind WAS Nestlé Carnation Hot Chocolate, a Special Edition call Macintoshes Toffee Flavour but I can’t find it anymore. Yes, I live in the remote North where coffee shops are non-existent so my favorite Hot Chocolate comes in a can! Perhaps I should try Nestlé’s new Turtles Hot Chocolate… mmm…I love Turtles but I can’t find that either, here in town! They advertise it well…"Can’t get enough Turtles? Succumb to your craving with Special Edition Carnation Hot Chocolate Turtles. Simply add hot water and stir to enjoy this decadent and rich drink. Perfect for the office or around a campfire — add a touch of luxury to your day!" So Mack, enjoy your Starbucks…go get one quick because you won’t find a good cup of Eggnog Latte in Inuvik! Poor guy, we invite you to come home to cold temperatures and no favorite coffee but it’s all good – NO FEAR, we do have COKE! See You Soon! Merry Christmas Everyone!

  2. Good post.I agree on all aspects of ur post except for the peppermint vs candycane hot chocolate becasue i have only tried the candycane. i guess i rly should try the other one.

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