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CChow Nov 12, 2006 11:33 PM

I go to Starbucks and CB quite a bit, and I was under the impression that the default milk at SB was whole milk, whereas CB's default was non-fat. Today at CB, though, they made my latte with whole milk and when I asked, the employee told me that whole milk was the default milk.

Is that right?

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    ckarrer13 Jan 28, 2007 03:27 PM

    Hello.
    At coffee bean we use NON-Fat milk for any drink you order that has flavor added unless you ask other wise. If you order a drink that does not include flavor then it will be Whole milk unless other wise requested. The reason our non fat milk is creamy is because our milk is made just for coffee bean and it has higher milk solids with out the fat. We do not write on cups we use bean screens, where the orders are directed to a screen on the bar for the barista to see.

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      SChalfant Dec 8, 2006 07:25 PM

      I've always asked for Non-Fat at Coffee Bean and they've always corrected me that they use that unless you ask otherwise.

      I always ask for Non-Fat at Starbucks and they always right it down on the cup becuase they DO use Whole Milk.

      I guess my question is - how do the folks at Coffee Bean make the non-fat milk seem so full-fat?!?!?!

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        igj Dec 8, 2006 07:22 PM

        When I frequented a CBTL in Santa Monica (no comments on quality really), I asked and they said that the default was non-fat or skim and that I needed to specify if I want whole milk. So I did, everytime and at every CBTL I have been to - and no cashier has ever blinked or made any comments on that order.

        One thing I do not like at CBTL is that the whole milk option does not get noted on their receipts so there is no way other than asking the barrista to doublecheck that my order was entered properly.

        1. ChowFun_derek Nov 20, 2006 07:55 AM

          Starbucks you call SB...what is a CB? We do have a Coffeebean and Tea Leaf...is this the same chain?
          Thanks

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          1. re: ChowFun_derek
            Gary Soup Nov 20, 2006 08:04 AM

            Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain.

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            da_seuss Nov 16, 2006 12:37 AM

            whenever i went to CB and ordered non-fat lattes, i've always been told that they always use non-fat.

            otherwise, SB always gives whole milk.

            1. Das Ubergeek Nov 14, 2006 07:27 AM

              It's much simpler than that; at CB, the default is whatever's closest to hand. Some CBs have problem baristas who will still give you the "default" (read: the one they don't have to re-steam) even if you specifically request a kind of milk.

              It's really the only problem I have with CB, and it's only with some of them (hello, Anaheim CB&TL on State College and Lincoln, I'm talking to you).

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                honkman Nov 16, 2006 09:36 PM

                If I see somebody resteam anything I would leave immediately. One of the reasons (beside their lousy coffeebeans and barista) why SB sucks (and CB is not much better)

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                  Rm33 Nov 20, 2006 01:30 AM

                  Thanks for the heads up. I sometimes go to this one.

                2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 13, 2006 09:33 AM

                  I would imagine just about any place you go will use whole milk as the default because it makes for a richer, more luxurious end product; I know it's what we use for cappuccinos and lattes at the restaurant where I work for that very reason. The one thing skim has going for it (aside from the obvious lower calories) is it's easier to make foam for cappuccinos.

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                    piccola Jan 29, 2007 03:48 PM

                    so I'm not imagining things - it IS easier to foam skim milk. I worked as a barista for years and no one ever believed me when I said that.

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                      JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 29, 2007 04:04 PM

                      Foamed milk is a nifty trick with the proteins in the milk. Since there's no fat in skim milk to get in the way, it's easier to get the proteins to foam up. By the same token, it's harder to foam half-and-half than it is to foam whole milk. But oh, what a rich cappuccino that will make! Other things to make milk easier to foam are to use older milk, and make sure the milk and everything that touches it is ice cold.

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