Love it or hate it, Starbucks is kind of … it's a strange, special place. I cannot ever order anything at Starbucks because I get anxiety (not even kidding, this is such a sad little life), but my wife loves it. Loooves it. She has the app, she has a card or something, she has all kinds of merch, and she knows all the tips, tricks, and secret menu items – of which there are many. Starbucks is full of secrets that way. That's probably why their Ventis are so big.
This will save you so much time and frustration, especially when the lines are long inside and outside – plus it's super convenient to do everything without having to actually engage anybody.
You just have to ask for it … and you may have to describe it, so remember to ask for two pumps of milk chocolate, two pumps of marshmallow, and two pumps of vanilla.
All you have to do is request your hot beverages at the “kids' temperature,” which earns you a much more taste bud-friendly drink.
When you order a frappe, ask for light ice – that's all it takes!
If you love adding cream to your drinks but always run out of room, just order a tall drink in a Venti cup – you'll save money and you'll have lots of space for cream.
Because they sweat like nobody's business and that is messy.
Bring some tequila to your next Starbucks run, order a Cool Lime Refresher, combine the two, and you kind of have a margarita.
Because the Starbucks at the airport is quite happy to take all your money.
This is almost the same as the aforementioned creamer trick – you order yourself a Grande, you ask for a Venti cup, you add your milk or whatever, and bam, a Venti for the price of a Grande.
Just so you know for future reference, you understand.
Such a helpful tip, especially for weirdos like me: start by telling the barista what size you want, then mention if you want it iced or hot, and only then do you get down to the specifics of your order.
You can also do this and just take your chances.
Starbucks has tasty pastries, but they're even more delicious when you heat them – ask the barista or DIY at home.
All you have to do is order an iced coffee and add mocha syrup – voila, it's an iced mocha without the iced mocha price tag.
It makes everyone angry, so the people on both sides of the counter will hate you.
Seriously, apparently, you should add it to everything.
You know, if you don't want to try the other size tips.
Also, you should always be nice to your barista. Say please and thank you. It matters.
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