Thursday, March 29, 2012

Barista- 0 Me- 1

I don't think I'm alone in being a bit overwhelmed trying to order my Starbucks drink properly with all of the fancy lingo.  And it doesn't help that I'm also very picky about my drink everything, which adds to the pressure to use the crazy Starbucks language even more.  Lately, I have been hitting the lattes pretty hard so I figured it was about time to figure out how to properly order.  And since I was dragging by lunch time, today was my day.  I did some googling and then set off to the closest Starbucks.

Barista: Can I help you?

Redhead:  Yes!  I'd like a Iced Grande Solo Decaf Skinny Vanilla Latte please.

Barista: *blank stare*

This left me thinking that I still messed it up somehow.  Sigh.  But how could that be?  I had practiced to the point I was so confident that I didn't need to bring my paper in with me.  Yes I had a paper.  But I think that just shows my dedication.  Anyway, I digress.

The good news:  I didn't mess it up. 

The better news:  I finally confused Starbucks back!  This was a glorious moment!  I have spent years feeling confused and overwhelmed at all of their lingo and for once I got them back!  Ha ha! 

The best news:  My latte was oh so delicious!

1 comment:

  1. You are SO not alone in the Starbucks lingo department - before I worked there, I was utterly confused and intimidated. My guesses as to why the barista gave a blank stare: new and confused; overly tired from working since the wee hours; your order was slightly "out of order" from the way baristas are "required" to call out drinks, so it may have taken moments of mental math to rearrange the order in a way that helped them ring it properly. But any barista worth their salt should have gotten it regardless (which it sounds like they did! - Glad it was tasty!) (For your reference, the order for your drink would be: Decaf Iced Solo Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte.) It takes a lot to confuse my brain on an order (I do see the looks of triumph from the customers! lol) and hooray! - I just got promoted. And, in conclusion to my ultra long comment, ironically, when I am on the other side of the counter about to order my Sbux drink, I become utterly frozen by indecision (knowing the myriad options, and also being quite sick of much of them). C'est la vie, n'est pas? Miss you!