Learning the Starbucks Way

7/06/2015 07:41:00 AM




In my industry, even with the advent of milk tea, coffee is STILL and will ALWAYS be a MUST. I just couldn't think of how I would survive my day without coffee. It doesn't have to be Starbucks everyday, for all I care it could be Nescafe 3-in-1. Point is, I just need to get my daily dose of caffeine especially after getting up from bed.

Can you fill up all those boxes? It's OK if you can't! I'm here to teach you how. Afraid to go to Starbucks without anyone ordering for you because you think you'd be judged? Don't worry, the baristas won't (but I know some patrons and would). And just to clarify things, Starbucks is NOT sosyal. It's just another coffee shop, no big deal. While some like CBTL or Seattle's Best, I prefer Starbucks. I've been a regular since 2004.

At Starbucks you can have your coffee just the way you want it. For example, if you like nonfat milk and vanilla syrup in your Cappuccino, just ask the barista. If you’re not sure what to order, here’s a glossary to get you started. This is the first installment of this five-part blog series.

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Americano: A coffee made with two shots of espresso and hot water.
Cappuccino: The perfect Cappuccino achieves a delicate balance between the strong espresso flavor and a thick layer of sweet, velvety foam.
Con Panna: Italian for “with whipped cream” and hot water.
Cream: This refers to a coffee-free beverage, such as a Vanilla Frappuccino® Blended Cream.
Decaf: Abbreviation for “decaffeinated” coffee or espresso.
Demitasse: French for “half cup” – it’s the little cup used to serve espresso.
Doppio: Italian for “double,” referring to the two-shot espresso beverage served in a demitasse cup.
Double: Two shots of espresso in a drink.
Drip Coffee: Premium Starbucks coffee brewed in an electric filter machine.
Dry: More foam, less milk.
Espresso: Coffee’s purest, most intense form.
For-here cup: A ceramic cup for enjoying your drink in the store.
Frappuccino® blended beverage: A delicious, icy and smooth drink made only at Starbucks.
Grande: Starbucks' second-largest cup size, 16 fl oz.
Half-caf: One shot of regular and one shot of decaffeinated espresso.
Latter: A drink made with espresso and steamed milk.
Light: A smaller amount of an ingredient in a drink, such as “light syrup” or “light whip.” It also refers to Frappuccino® light blended beverages with fewer calories.
Macchiato: Italian for “marked” or “stained.” This drink is espresso topped with a tablespoon of foamed milk.
Misto: Italian for “mixed” – a combination of drip coffee and steamed milk.
Mocha: A drink made with espresso, chocolate and steamed milk.
Personal Cup: a reusable cup you can bring into the store, or otherwise called by the majority as "tumblers." It’s an environmentally friendly way to enjoy your drink. Plus you get a few pesos off the price of your drink for helping conserve paper.
Quad: Four shots of espresso in a drink.
Ristretto: A ristretto shot is a short pull of espresso capturing only the sweetest part.
Shaken: Tea or coffee mixed with ice and shaken by hand for a refreshing flavor.
Short: Starbucks' smallest beverage size, 8 fl oz.
Single: One shot of espresso in a drink.
Solo: One shot of espresso, by itself.
Tall: Starbucks' regular beverage size, 12 fl oz.
To-go cup: A paper/plastic cup used for enjoying a drink in or out of the store.
Triple: Three shots of espresso in a drink.
Venti: Starbucks' largest cup size, 20 fl oz.
Wet: More milk less foam.
Whip: An abbreviation of “whipped cream.”

Do you know of any other terms? Comment and share your knowledge!

Click HERE for part 2 (Espresso choices)
Click HERE for part 3 (Syrup and Milk options)
Click HERE for part 4 (Other Choices)
Click HERE for part 5 (Ready To Order)

Source: "Find Your Favorite - A guide to Starbucks® drinks" booklet 2005
Note: List may be different per country.

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