Traditionalists may be appalled, but it seems there has been a benefit of having Starbucks invade Europe - the proliferation of go-cups.
When in Europe ourselves, we usually enjoy the relaxation of sipping espressos and cappys in the cafe. But there are times - especially on business trips - when a go-cup would be a Godsend.
In Sofia we used to go to the Dunkin Donuts on Vitosha Blvd. as it was the only place in town with go-cups. And we've been to a Starbucks in Germany for the same reason. So far we've stayed true to the cafes in France and Italy... but if we found great coffee and go-cups we could be swayed.
Hopefully go-cups and the traditional cafe service can co-exist side-by-side. We think it is a positive.