I hate Starbucks, I really do. I have never had a satisfying drink or any tasty food in there. Ok, I don’t like coffee but their other drink selections have always been somewhat lacking. In Japan though, Starbucks is not the only coffee shop on the block. They have a Japanese rival in the shape of Doutor.
While Starbucks’ hot chocolate is sickly, Doutor’s is sweet. While Starbucks’ tea is like hot toilet water, Doutor’s tastes like the leaves have been grown on the premises and picked that morning. While Starbucks’ sandwiches are crusty and hard, Doutor’s are soft and wonderful. Doutor also sells croque-monsieurs which gives them an instant win.
They seem determined to lose my custom. I was parcial to their sandwiches, which had the glamourous names, Milano Sandwich B and Milano Sandwich C. However about 6 months ago the C sandwich was changed to something half as appetising. I was disappointed but the B sandwich was still there to help me come to terms with my loss.
Until today that is…. And my poor B sandwich has been replaced with a “thing” made of lesser ingredients. Gah, all I have to eat there now is their croque-monsieurs and I can make better ones than they can.
Here is an open letter to Doutor:
Dear Mr Doutor,
I don’t care if customer surveys said your new sandwiches are better. Don’t mess with perfection. You had it, but now you have lost it.
P.S. Please make it so your name in Romaji doesn’t look like it has a completely different pronunciation to the katakana. It is stupid and confusing.
Now I’m off to make a croque-monsieur for my dinner……