The winter season is now in full swing, with temperatures dropping and the gradual emergence of more festive fuzzy socks. But one thing cannot be missing from this Pacific Northwest winter motif, something that is quintessential and crucial—a coffee shop. Coffee shops are the usual go to safe haven from the cold rain showers and a great place to meet up and connect with friends over a nice “cup of jo”. But a brewing question that we at The Blazer wanted to further investigate is whether chain, or local coffee shops are better? To answer this question we went to a nearby Starbucks branch (the multi-billion dollar coffee mogul), and then to Batdorf & Bronson (a local coffeehouse down at the heart of Olympia), to compare the two places.