1. Maybe she knows everyone because she does freelance work there often on the internet, or reads books there or spends lunch breaks there... have a bit more of an open mind...
2. Starbucks coffee is horrible. I made the investment for a better cup of coffee
last fall and it was well worth the small investment
Since then, I have actually invested in a new to me but used from eBay La Pavoni espresso machine and high quality stepless burr grinder. Luckily, my boss buys green coffee and roasts at home or I can go about 15 minutes from my home to a small shop coffee shop that roasts weekly... either way, I make some of the most amazing espresso ever, and take Americano's to work daily. Every friend I have made coffee for has loved it and with some practice, I can make a decent latte and cappicino, even though I rarely drink them.
Point is, local or internet, you can get HIGH quality single origin coffee for around $10-14/lb... my espresso machine is more than a decade old and works flawlessly and the grinder I bought she live as long as me with very little maintance.
Why pour money into Starbucks when there are so many better options? At least hit up a non-chain local place instead.