A STARBUCKS barista shared a list of signs that a patron is about to drink a bad drink.
Dylan Clare, a barista who has worked at Starbucks for over a year, noticed errors and miscommunications that could lead to incorrect drink orders and general tips on how to avoid them.
While Dylan doesn’t think it’s realistic to get the perfect drink every time, he also believes that bad drinking can sometimes be avoided if the right precautions are taken.
“Sometimes signs flash in your face and you can adjust your expectations or get out of here before wasting your time and money,” he said.
The first sign, he says, is that usually good drinks are not made by crazy baristas.
“If they seem dazed, they are most likely not thinking,” Dylan said.
“And if the barista is clearly panicking, they are more likely to make a mistake.”
Another tip concerns drinks made from dairy milk.
He advised avoiding dairy drinks at Starbucks, where you can hear “a loud scream from the espresso machine.”
The barista noted that frothing milk for lattes and cappuccinos requires skill, and the sound is a big indicator that it’s not done right.
“Although there is often a screaming sound when using non-dairy milk, it can also indicate that the barista did not sufficiently aerate the milk before dipping the steam wand into the pitcher,” he said.
He also noted that during rush hour, one of the signs to look out for is an absent employee doing menial tasks like restocking instead of helping prepare drinks.
Another piece of advice given by a former barista is not to order drip coffee online in the afternoon.
“Starbucks sees most of its business before 10 a.m., which is why many stores stop brewing more than one type of coffee before noon,” he said.
Due to low business activity in the afternoon, drip coffee pots are not guaranteed to be fresh and there is a good chance they will be stale.
“But if you want to make sure you have a fresh cup after dinner, you can just ask the barista to make a custom pour over,” Dylan advised.
Other tips involved ordering drinks on the Starbucks apps, such as accidentally deleting the wrong ingredient in a drink, or even ordering a cold froth drink or a whipped espresso on a mobile phone.
“The longer these drinks sit, the more the foam can start to melt or seep into the rest of the drink,” he explained, advising against ordering drinks with cold foam or whipped espressos.
“When customers want a sweeter drink, they often ask for some caramel, but it’s the vanilla syrup that gives the drink the sweetness,” he added.
Another tip is to talk to the barista in Starbucks language.
“If you order something and the barista looks at you with confusion or tries to ask you a lot of clarifying questions, you may be using the wrong language to order a drink,” he said.
Last but not least, Dylan advised all customers to be kinder to the people who make their drinks.
“A barista will almost never make a bad drink intentionally, but he will definitely take extra care when preparing a drink for a kind regular or a customer who politely asks for help,” he said.
“If after all you’re unhappy with your drink, don’t be afraid to ask the barista to remake it – Starbucks policy is to make the moment right – just don’t be rude about it.”
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