This video is an advertisement for Dunkin Donuts, one of Starbucks chief competitors. This advertisement makes it seam impossible to order a drink at Starbucks and pokes fun at the use of Italian in the menu. But don't fret, you won't need to "order drinks in English, not Fritalitan." Starbucks offers customers a pleasant experience above a great cup of coffee and the lingo as all a part of the recipe. This Starbucks Dictionary will put the ordering power in your hands.
We have all been in this situation before: the person in front of you in line just listed off a drink title that took 2 full breaths it was so long. Well, I am here to help you Starbucks-lovers, so feel free to post and ask me about any drinks you've heard of and are interesting to you. Come on! Don't be shy
So, if you are standing in line and you hear the woman in front of you order a "Grande Breve." Hmm. You say to yourself, what is that? Well folks, the breve is the simplest variation on an Latte imaginable. When you order a latte at Starbucks they will make it using 2% milk (unless you request otherwise). All that a Breve is is a latte made with Half & Half.
The Latte. One of the most popular choices in a Starbucks (for as you will see down the road, most drinks are variants on lattes; ex: White Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin Spice)
Lattes are very simple - the most simple drink to make in my opinion. Here is the short, but sweet steps to making the drink so many people enjoy daily.
1.) As always, you begin with espresso
2.) The barista steams up milk, just like for a cappuccino, however this time we insert the steam wand all the way into the bottom of the milk pitcher (rather than steaming the top). This keeps the milk in a liquid form, rather than aerating the milk and turning it into foam.
3.) the steamed milk is poured on top on the espresso and BINGO! thats all there is to it.
NOTE: For an iced latte, all you do is mix the fresh espresso with chilled milk and add ice (very simple)
S0, if you are a frugal person, you may be thinking, "Hey, I can make these at home!"
You are absolutely correct. If you have a press (espresso or French press) then you are set. Just use a pan on the stove to heat your milk up, or for an iced drink, just pull the milk out of the fridge. Just as easy as that!
Here is a video illustrating someone making a latte at home (Note: she refers to it as a cappuccino, but with that lack of foam - it's a latte to me)
The Cappuccino (or 'Cap' if you are the one wearing the green apron) is a very popular espresso drink. At the same time it is one of the simplest drinks Starbucks has to offer aside from regular drip coffee. So what is in it? I'll show ya
1.) you're cap begins with fresh brewed espresso
2.) next the barista (the coffee maker) uses a wand to shoot steam into a pitcher of milk
3.) the steam is concentrated onto the top of the milk, making it turn to a frothy foam
4.) we fill you cup halfway with steamed milk, then we fill the other half with the foam
5.) so basically we go: espresso - milk - foam
*The example on the right is topped with a little cinnamon for some extra kick
So the first thing that people can get confused about the first time they walk into a Starbucks is the sizes of drinks. Starbucks doesn't use the terms small, medium, or large. Instead, they utilize an Italian system of sizes:
-"Short" (8 0z.)
-"Tall" (12 oz. and this is what you get if you ask for 'small')
-"Grande" (16 oz. pronounced GRAWN-DAY)
-"Venti" (20 oz. pronounced VEN-TEE)
Note: If you order an iced venti, it is actually 24 oz.
Many people get confused about this sizing system, so it's good to have the knowledge going into the store
Below is a clip from the film "Role Models" that shows Paul Rudd being upset about the sizing system of a unnamed coffee shop (presumably parodying Starbucks)
Now you are wondering what this blog is about? Well, this blog will serve as a dictionary for all the terminology that Starbucks uses and expects consumers to know. I mean, when you walk up that counter, those green apron wearing people (I am one of them, mind you) will be weirded out if you use words like "small" instead of "tall" etc. There is no explanation of this jargon in any of the stores and I couldn't find anything online anywhere, so here come's this blog: The Starbucks Dictionary. Together, we can give you the confidence you need to order a quad cafe con leche (and know what it is!)
This blog is for people who love Starbucks but just feel lost when they hear the lingo. The beauty of Starbucks is that there is a product there for everyone. Whether you are 15 or 55, it doesn't matter. So this blog is for you! I want you to be able to walk up to the counter and order your drink with confidence. I mean, terms like "triple tall breve" and "Espresso Macchiato" are not things we learned in elementary school. We can do it.