Hello, hi, how y’all doing? Good. Okay, so in honor of National Coffee Day (which was yesterday September 29), I figured I should give y’all some tips on Starbucks coffee. Especially since I’m an insider, I’ve got this down and packed! I’ll just right in.
- French Vanilla. To all the readers who are a fan of “french vanilla”, let me tell you a secret. Starbucks doesn’t really carry “french vanilla” BUT all you do is order your drink with vanilla and HAZELNUT . It’s that simple, and it’s always good to know this when ordering. Simply because sometimes cashiers don’t know that or they want to be picky and not answer you.
- Size and Temperature. Okay, so this seems really simple. Say what size you want and if you want if hot or iced. But more people than not forget to tell us if they want it hot or iced, and because if we’re busy, we don’t always remember to ask. Then y’all get to the end of the bar, and realize “oh I wanted that iced” and it’s kind of a pain in the ass to deal with at that point. Honestly, it’s always easier to just remember to say what you want at the beginning. For you and for us.
- Extra space. So, if you’re ordering a regular coffee, and you like more cream than coffee but you don’t want to lose any coffee from the cup as for a size up. So for example: “Can I have a tall in a grande” or “can I have a small in a medium”. They aren’t going to tell you know, because seriously, it’s not a big deal. It’s actually very normal, and very common. *You can also do this in specialty drinks for extra whip cream or if you have shaky hands and don’t want to spill it all over yourself.
- Misto. For my coffee loving readers, who actually like their coffee very light, order a misto. It’s half steamed cream (or milk, just ask) and half regular coffee. This does two things:
- Your coffee will not get cold from how much cream you put in it.
- You get to have coffee nice and light.
- Zebra. This is a half mocha, half white mocha drink. That seems pretty simple because, obviously, a zebra is black and white. But let me tell you, sometimes, it’s annoying to have to think about those things. So, it’s actually really nice if the person ordering this drink can remember what it is their ordering. Obviously, we know sometimes that the person ordering just genuinely just doesn’t know but when you expect us to, well we usually “forget”. So basically all you do is order a “mocha with 2 pumps mocha and 2 pumps white mocha” OR “mocha with white mocha”, in which you’ll get the whole pumps of each. That just depends on your likeness of sweets. This is one of the most popular drinks, and it has many names:
- Penguin (my personal favorite)
- Secret Menu. Okay, everyone knows about the secret menu, it’s a popular thing, but when you’re ordering a drink and you except the barista/cashier to know what the heck you’re talking about, it’s very annoying. So here’s a few tips:
- Don’t order it by the name on the website, please.
- If you don’t have it memorized, please, pretty please, have it pulled up or written down.
- Don’t except us to “get it” because truth is, we’re told a 100 times a shift about the “secret menu” drinks and it’s hard to keep them straight.
- Please, be nice because we WANT to be nice back. Here’s the thing, we are usually very nice people. Most people who work at Starbucks have some niceness to them. We do, generally, we are happy bunch because we are caffeinated. But the moment that a customer wants to be rude to us OR our coworkers, we stop being nice and just answer with content. (And you may end up getting a decaf drink.) It’s not hard, just say hello, thank you, you’re welcome, and don’t be rude. We don’t want to be rude to you, so please, don’t be rude to us.
Did you learn anything new? I really hope so. And just do we’re clear, this isn’t a “hate” post, or a post calling anyone out for being rude or mean to me personally. This is just the basics. and this is just some things that I believe everyone should know. Comment down below, let me know what you think or if you’ll be using some of my advice or tips.
Love, Megan Anne
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