The long lines at reopened Starbucks drive-throughs show how much we miss our normal lives

What we’d do to have our favorite drink served in person again
by Jason Tulio | Apr 9, 2020
PHOTO: Rhys Buccat

Our lives, it seems, have changed for the foreseeable future. The little things we once took for granted have now become frivolous luxuries we can do without during a pandemic. It wasn’t so long ago, if you recall, that you could pull in to your favorite drive-through coffee shop and order your favorite drink without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the driver’s seat. Now, we’re forced to make do with brewing our own coffee at home, or if you’re more adventurous, seeking that ever-elusive perfect blend of dalgona coffee. 

It was exciting, then, when Starbucks Philippines announced a few days ago that it would reopen several branches across Luzon for drive-through during this ongoing enhanced community quarantine. But now, after only being open again for two days, the company has decided to shut its services once again, citing health concerns for its employees and customers.

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While Starbucks didn’t say it out right, we assume that the ridiculously long lines at these drive-through branches might have had something to do with it. The photo above was taken at West Avenue in Quezon City. You can see more photos from that branch below.

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It was the same story at other branches, too.

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With all the negativity surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that we all just want the same thing: for all of us to be able to resume our regular lives once again. The feeling of ordering a Starbucks drink while behind the wheel, a luxury though it might be these days, perhaps provided a semblance of hope and normalcy for some. All we know is, we won’t take another sip of specialty coffee for granted ever again. 

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PHOTO: Rhys Buccat
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