COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- People itching for their caffeine fix Wednesday morning had to find a different place to go than their usual Starbucks. Cafes all across the area were closed, leaving people on the search for their next cup of coffee.
The sign on the door at Starbucks locations throughout Southwest Florida told people the store was closed for maintenance.
A Starbucks spokeswoman said they performed what they call preventative maintenance to the water filtration system overnight, which took longer at some stores than at others. More stores were affected in Florida than anywhere else.
People in Naples didn't let that stop them. The Café across the street from Starbucks in downtown Naples saw a bump in business all morning from thirsty Starbucks customers.
Chef Terry Stapp said, "it's been very busy this morning, a lot of people from Starbucks coming over because they were closed."
He says he even opened his doors early to accommodate thirsty customers. "We usually open at 7:30 but I got here at 6:30 and they started showing up at quarter to 7, so I didn't turn anyone down."
Some regular customers were disappointed to find the doors locked this morning.
Mitch Fogelman says, "we do have a loyalty, everybody shows up at the same place at the same time in the drive-thru, and we know how long it takes to get to that window."
He says he was concerned to find the door closed, but went somewhere else to get his caffeine jolt for the day.
Susanna Tocco works across the street from a Starbucks. She says she likes that it is within walking distance, and just went without her coffee for the day.
"No coffee today, I'm bummed. I need my fix," she says.
Starbucks reopened around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.