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Nov 12, 2006 11:33 PM

Coffee Bean - default milk?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      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.

      1. re: piccola

        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.

    2. 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

        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)

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

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

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            1. 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.