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  I think that people all across the world can agree that coffee shops are pretty much life’s greatest gift. Sure skiing is great, and money too, but coffee shops are places that you can go to at any point in your life, do anything you want in them, all while eating tasty food and drinking a delicious beverage. There is a lot of dispute about whether franchises or small town businesses are better, so we put it to the test.

First, we went to Gonzo’s Coffee Shop in Frisco. Its brand new, and located next to the animal hospital. The overall atmosphere was very welcoming and homey. It reminded us of a warm log cabin in the Colorado woods. The staff was very nice and worked quickly. We ordered a chai tea latte which was made from a “high end chai blend” according to the staff. The price before tax was $3.75 for 16 ounces. “It was really flavorful and not overly sweetened. While I wish it had a little more spice, it was still my favorite,” remarked Julia, one of our friends who tasted it. We had to agree. Gonzos had managed to create a wonderful, balanced chai tea.

After Gonzos, we made our way across town to Starbucks, a world favorite. It was founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington. According to Statista, it has since grown a franchise comprising of 25,085 stores worldwide. We used the drive thru, which is great for people short on time. The 16 ounce chai latte was $3.95 before taxes. Becca, another taste tester stated, “The Starbucks chai was very good, but super sweet. I feel like it lacked a depth of flavor. I would definitely buy this again, but I am sure there are better chais elsewhere.”

Finally, we went to Abbey’s coffee, a well known shop in Frisco. Many people around the county swear by Abbey’s food and drink. The atmosphere was comfortable, but nothing special. Our favorite aspect was the openness of it, since windows cover three out of the four walls. Their chai was the cheapest, coming in at $3.65 before tax. After tasting, Gabby instantly said, “Wow this chai is sweet!” I then tried it, and I had to agree. This drink was still decent, but had by far the least flavor. It was very milky and almost tasted like a vanilla steamer.

After trying chai tea lattes throughout Frisco, we are now able to confidently say that small town business make better drinks than big franchises. However, Starbucks can still stand up to the small Coffee Shops. Our overall ranking is as follows: Gonzos, Starbucks, Abbey’s Coffee.

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