Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Starbucks' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Starbucks facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Seattle (1985)

Market Cap

$17.4 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.9 billion


Founder/CEO Howard Schultz
CFO Troy Alstead

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

6.4% and (1.5%)

1-Year Return


Price-to-Earnings (SBUX and S&P 500)

31 and 11.7

Cash / Debt

$1.4 billion / $549.5 million


McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)
Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI)
Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA)

Other Restaurant Stock Alternatives

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG)
Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 23% of the 7,318 members who have rated Starbucks believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include tortillatree and All-Star kurtdabear, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Late last year, tortillatree singled out Starbucks as a solid company selling at a steep price:

Starbucks will meld and adapt to, while innovatively changing, the business world it operates in, and I give the company a thumbs up. However, with the price of this volatile stock at a 52 week high -- given the current state and future of the economy and commercial real estate market, this is a short-term downgrade until the stock price gets back to a fair value.

In a pitch from last week, kurtdabear offered a totally bearish view on the stock:

Having roughly tripled this year, [Starbucks] is now more ridiculously overpriced than it was under-priced at $8. A company sporting a PE of 30 and selling expensive products to yuppies and Gen-X'ers as they go broke is not one I would pick to prosper during a depression. Of course, I could be wrong. ... Essentially [Starbucks'] future is behind it, and the company will probably eventually just evaporate like Howard Johnson's and their ilk.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Starbucks is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Chipotle and Buffalo Wild are Motley Fool Hidden Gems picks. Tim Hortons is a Global Gains selection. Chipotle is also a Rule Breakers recommendation, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.