Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I think most of Starbucks' sales come from the loyal customer base, we have customers who come in three or four times a day. Some customers come in and roll right down the modifiers list: double tall soy extra hot no water chai in a grande cup. Then we have people come in and ask what a latte is. That was definitely me a few months ago. So I'm going to explain a little. If you know your drinks like the back of your hand, just skip down to the bottom for recommendations.

Coffee - is just what you're used to it being. We're supposed to keep two kinds brewing at all times. If you're not sure which one you want, ask which one is more bold. The bolder coffee will be a "darker roast" meaning the coffee beans were roasted for longer.

Latte - if you get flavoring, your latte starts with that. Mocha syrup or chai or raspberry or whatever you ask for. My coworker likes Pumpkin Spice, White Mocha, and Cinnamon Dolce. Then we add espresso, and steamed milk. If it comes with toppings it gets those too.
(Iced lattes use cold milk instead of steamed milk and are topped with ice)

Cappuccino - a cappuccino is exactly like a latte: flavoring, espresso, steamed milk. The difference is that a cappuccino is mostly foam from the steamed milk, with a little liquid milk.

Frappuccino - we have three bases: coffee, coffee lite, and cream. Then we mix in whatever syrup or other mix-ins (vanilla, matcha, and java chips) the recipe calls for. Btw, java chips are baked with cookie dough in them and if you ever ate a plain one you could taste it.

Iced Coffee - is already in a pitcher and we sweeten it as you order. Classic syrup is added to "sweeten" it, but most people order with cream and sugar and get confused when we offer the classic. It's just another form of sweetener, it cancels out the bitter part of the coffee taste without just covering it up.

So now you're informed! You don't have to go in embarassed and order a plain old medium coffee when you could have a iced grande white mocha with caramel drizzle. I mean nobody starts out that way, but you'll work your way there.

I recommend:
1. Caramel Apple Spice - is Cinnamon Dolce syrup, steamed apple juice, whipped cream and caramel. It tastes like apple pie.
2. Black and White Soy Hot Chocolate - regular mocha is chocolatey but white mocha is sweet, so they balance great for chocolate lovers. And if you use soy, its thick and has a hint of vanilla.
3. Strawberries and Cream Frappuccio - but ask them to substitute toffee nut for classic syrup. It tatses like berry berry cap'n crunch.
4. If you're trying to be calorie-conscious, I recommend a cup of iced coffee. Or flavored regular coffee. It's cheaper, probably has more caffeine than your latte, and can be made in any flavor you want.


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