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Starbucks Hacks, as Told by a Starbucks Barista

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

Words to live by.

Ah, Starbucks. Arguably the most popular coffee chain in the U.S. is also unfortunately among the most expensive. To help you cope with the seemingly endless lines and overpriced drinks, one Starbucks barista has graciously revealed some awesome hacks to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.

When my best friend Sydney started working as a barista at a Starbucks in Nashville eight months ago, she gained a new admiration for the company, its many perks, and of course, the delicious coffee drinks we all know and love. I interviewed her so she could share her best Starbucks hacks with all you coffee lovers.

The Hacks

Barista Tip #1: Order a latte with chai syrup instead of a dirty chai; it's the same thing without the cost of added espresso shots to a chai latte.

Barista Tip #2: If you have a sore throat, the "cough drop" is a drink almost all baristas will recognize, and it's made with emperors cloud, jade citrus mint, steamed lemonade instead of water, and a pack of honey added (this drink is a lifesaver during the winter months).

Barista Tip #3: Never pay for water; the tap water is always filtered and used in a variety of drinks.

Barista Tip #4: Having iced drinks shaken makes all the difference, especially with an iced green tea latte, so request that your drink is shaken because baristas won't always do it if you don't ask.

Barista Tip #5: Teas come with one or two tea bags depending on the size (one for a tall and two for a grande and venti), but you can ask for a mix of tea bags in the grande or venti (my personal favorite is mixing ‘Passion Tango’ and ‘Peach Tranquility’).

Barista Tip #6: Try soy milk in any drink (especially a latte or chai latte), instead of regular milk for added vanilla sweetness.

Barista Tip #7: Everything from the pastry section tastes better warmed up, unless it's a pound cake which you can't order heated.

Barista Tip #8: Ask for a few ice cubes in hot tea/brewed coffee in order to avoid burning your tongue.

Barista Tip #9: Try adding caramelized banana compote (a sauce that normally comes with oatmeal) to a vanilla bean Frappuccino.

Barista Tip #10: If you aren't sure of a brew or drink, ask for a sample. If the store isn't busy, they will be happy to let you try something before buying.

Barista Tip #11: Apple fritters with caramel sauce drizzled on top are life changing.

Barista Tip #12: Order your chai without the water for a stronger taste.

Barista Tip #13: Starbucks retailer stores are almost always more expensive. This means your airport Starbucks or a Starbucks in a grocery store, etc.

Originally published by Spoon University.


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