I belong to that apparently growing minority of people who do not care the least bit for Starbucks and Diedrichs. Being a gal of simple tastes when it comes to coffee (I never buy mixed drinks) I find both Starbucks' and Diedrichs' roasts overdone - every last one that I've tried tastes over-roasted, burnt and bitter to my palate. Lavazza and Illy are more up my alley.
I'm not looking for a weak cup o' joe, mind you, just a smoooth one. Oh, if they carry good pastries to boot, all the better. Any recs?