I do not like their dark roasted coffees but the lighter one's are ok. Better than 'Chock full of nuts" or "8 o'clock coffee" .... I mean, seriously. Come on. Star Bucks snobbery is really over hyped and over blown. There have been so many instances when I have been on the road and was thankful to find a Start Bucks for a good cup of coffee. Beats gas station coffee or McDonald's everytime.
I'll meet you half-way and agree that their lighter roasts are OK. The guy who owns the local roastery here even likes the Blonde roast, so they get credit for that, but most of what they sell is over-roasted and over-bitter.
I'm not sure if I'd rather have McDonald's coffee but I'd consider it strongly. Same with Eight O'Clock.
Starbuck's as an option on the road, I can see. But that's also kind of like being the prettiest girl in the room. Best of a bad lot isn't necessarily good.