Most baristas know to give you an espresso cup full of whipped cream for Rover to devour while you caffeinate yourself.
It might cost you a buck or two depending on the store, but whipped cream is technically safe for dogs to consume (unless they have health issues).
2. They over-roast their coffee for a reason
Many coffee lovers won’t drink Starbucks because the beans taste burnt. That’s because the coffee chain roasts their beans more than others.
Well, they sell it as an Italian-style roast, but if you’ve ever been to Italy you know the coffee doesn’t taste like that. Instead, some say they do it so you’ll want to upgrade to a sugary drink to cover the taste.
Starbucks isn’t making the big bucks from black coffee – it needs you to get a venti frappuccino or cinnamon latte for a few dollars more.
3. The employ the “Starbucks Effect”
The company has spent millions creating a premium image that makes caffeine lovers feel like carrying around anything less than a Starbucks cup would make them look like dilettantes.
People are happy to spend extra money on something they feel is “exclusive” and Starbucks (and every other company) knows that.
That’s why it’s hard to even hold their cups in a way that doesn’t show off their logo.
4. Avoid scalding yourself with this trick
Don’t need steaming hot coffee on your hand first thing in the morning?
Order your drinks at “kids’ temperature” – they’ll be handed over much cooler (140 degrees) than a regular drink (which is between 200-212 degrees) and you won’t have to wait until it cools off to start slurping.
5. Look for the black apron
Most Starbucks employees wear green aprons. But if you spot a person in a black apron behind the coffee bar, it means you’re in the presence of a “coffee master,” who has taken more courses and seminars than other employees.
If they don’t look too busy, ask if they can make your drink.
6. Cut your latte price in half
Reddit user jadium told readers that there are lots of ways to order drinks that can make them cheaper than the menu price.
For example, an iced venti latte is $4, whereas a “doppio” (which is two espresso shots) is $1.95. But if you ask for a cup of ice and two added shots you’ll be paying $1.20.
Then, you can head over to the condiment bar and add as much cold milk as you want to make it a latte.
You have to do some of the work yourself, but you just saved a bundle on an iced venti latte!
7. You can usually pre-game your seasonal drinks
Look like a VIP for your Insta peeps by asking for holiday drinks a week or two early. A Reddit user said they’ll usually have all the ingredients in-store earlier.
But you’ll have to get lucky and be nice to your barista if you want them to do you that special favor.
8. Some locations don’t want you lounging
If every customer sat around for an hour sipping on a cup of coffee and using free Wi-fi, every Starbucks in the world would exceed its fire code in a matter of minutes.
Especially in high-traffic areas where the customer turnover needs to be high to keep business flowing, Starbucks (and other eateries) use different furniture designed to keep you from getting too comfortable.
If you see a Starbucks on a popular corner in a big city, you may notice that there are very few tables and chairs at all.
That’s all on purpose. They want you to get in, get your drink, and the move along so the next customer pony up their dough.
9. Skip the venti if you’re in it for the espresso
Reddit user _neon_ told readers that the only difference between a grande and venti espresso-based drink is the amount of milk and syrup involved.
So, if you order the larger one thinking you’ll get an extra shot, you’re wrong. You’re just getting more sugar.
They said: “This is true of most standard Starbucks beverages. You can always ask for an additional shot in any beverage size.”
10. Use the Starbucks app if you want to know what’s really in your drink
Many people custom order their drinks, but using the Starbucks app is a good way to know what a drink is made of without having to ask.
Then you can ask for that extra shot of espresso or whipped cream if you know you’re going to need it.
11. They write their prices in a specific way
All drink prices end in 0 or 5 (before tax) and there’s a reason for that. When prices go up, customers tend not to notice if it ends in one of those numbers.
The problem is, you may notice if the final amount comes to a new number that doesn’t end in a 0 or 5 after tax, but by then you’ve got a line in front of and behind you and it’s harder to back out.
Next time you go in, try to remember if that new $3.65 latte used to be $3.60 on the menu.
12. If you need decaf, order it drip style
A Reddit user who used to be a barista admitted that plenty of employees accidentally hit the wrong button when getting a decaf coffee, simply out of habit.
But if you order a decaf drip, you can’t go wrong since that comes out of a separate pitcher. (Although they also admitted that it’s not alway very fresh since it might sit out for hours – but that likely varies by store.)
13. Need stronger coffee? Make an odd request
The brew used for iced coffee is stronger than the regular stuff since it’s going to be watered down as soon as that ice melts.
That means you can technically ask for a steamed iced coffee and get the strongest version they offer. And, of course, you can get it without the ice.
Just don’t be surprised if you have to explain it after an odd look. It’s probably not a request they get very often.
14. The are FOMO masters
Lots of companies prey on your fear of missing out (or FOMO) when it comes to getting exclusive goods. That’s why they have so many “limited edition” and seasonal drinks.
Need to Instagram your annual pumpkin spice latte? They rely on that need – and they love to switch things up just a bit (even using special holiday cups) so you have to come in and see what you’re missing.
15. Rude people get decaf
Known to baristas and Reddit users everywhere, the cruelest trick a Starbucks barista can play on you is to sub out your regular coffee for decaf.
You’re certainly not going to know if you order something with a lot of bells and whistles.
It’s a favorite passive-aggressive trick of cafe employees everywhere who feel they’re being treated rudely.
ALWAYS be nice to your barista.
16. Your iced coffee is not keto-friendly
A Reddit user did dieters everywhere a real solid when they revealed that iced coffees and iced teas are automatically sweetened using a simple syrup.
If you don’t want a pump of syrup in your iced coffee, you must say so up front.
17. None of the food is fresh
Let’s face it, we don’t go to Starbucks for fine cuisine, but you’re kidding yourself if you think those croissants were made on site.
All Starbucks food is reheated frozen food.
18. Everyone thinks you’re a jerk when you dump coffee in the trash
Ok, granted, you might not be able to finish your drink. But you need to imagine changing a trash bag half full of liquid.
In addition, you’re likely to drip some on the floor when you tip it in, so you’re making twice the mess as everyone else.
19. The “secret menu” is really just marketing hype
There’s a reason everybody knows about the so-called “secret menu.” Because it’s not a secret.