I prefer home brewing. I buy my own bags of beans of different varieties and grind them daily and brew the strength to my liking. If I am out on the town had no other choice and I am with family, then I would go to either Dunkin Donuts or McDonald's for a large cup for everyone.
I go to the local shoppe Brewed Awakenings...I don't only go there for the coffee but also for the atmosphere. I brew alot of coffee right here at the house. I also drink alot of sweet tea nd numerous energy drinks...Caffeine is prevalent in my system...lol
I've been laid-off for about two years now. Can't really afford to go out for coffee. I have a few coffee makers but prefer to use my Bunn. I either brew Gevalia Imported or Maxwell House. I drink it strong, and I drink it often!
I kind-of prefer the local shop, but I do like all three. There's a shop nearby me that has excellent coffee (voted best in the city by the Chicago Tribune in 2007), friendly staff, and even live music! Great place, whether you're just going in and out, or if you hang out inside. Then there's Starbucks. I only have one thing I like from this place: Carmel Macchiato (Venti). To me, their lattes taste bland, and their mochas taste sickeningly sweet and chocolatey. It's that, their silly coffee lingo (I'm not learning a second language just to order coffee), and the price of their coffees that drive me away from them. Then there's what I make at home. I can usually make my own latte with my trust old Mr. Coffee machine, or something similar to the caramel macchiato (but without the caramel, I don't have any) with my espresso machine.
I have a rather good coffee maker at home so I of course most of the time go with homebrew espresso.
When on the road I rather stop at local stores because they are much much more common here in Germany than Starbucks and also more affordable (as good as Starbucks may be but I can't afford to pay 3,50€ for a big cup of coffee all the time).
But I totally avoid most Truckstops / TA's in Germany because the coffee is hilarious overpriced and tastes like someone mistook the coffeemaker for the outhouse.
I usually go for local shops. There are a couple of independent places and one local chain that has excellent coffee.
It really depends on what part of Ottawa I'm in. The chain is Bridgehead and you get an hour wifi at a time. Good staff, friendly. I'm regular enough at one of their locations to have been given a 10th anniversary mug.
Starbucks coffee is like battery acid IMO. I'm never able to finish a cup.
Rule 1 for any coffee place I go to is, "do they have wifi" I can tether the blackberry, but data is expensive on that.