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Starbucks Question

veganchelly Oct 22, 2008 09:13 PM

Ok, I feel like an idiot for asking this, but I need some help. I'm just new to the Starbucks thing (my friend introduced me to my new favourite drink), but I'm not sure how to order. Every time I've ordered my drink in Toronto, there has never been any confusion as to what I've wanted, and I've received my order without any problems. But, since I've been in Edmonton, over half of my orders have been wrong. Am I not ordering correctly? Should I be more specific?

Here's what I normally say in Toronto:

May I please have a grande soy vanilla creme, no whip, 5 pumps of vanilla.

(Basically, it's just warmed soy milk (no coffee) with vanilla flavouring, no whipped cream, and extra vanilla.)

Sometimes I get served vanilla flavoured coffe here, sometimes my order has whipped cream on it and other times I don't even know what I get. How should I be ordering? What exactly should I say to eliminate confusion when at Starbucks? Your help is appreciated.

Merci beaucoup!

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  1. Jasz RE: veganchelly Oct 22, 2008 10:17 PM

    For what it's worth I think your ordering is fine. You seem to have had a run of bad luck as far as baristas go.

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      aktivistin RE: veganchelly Oct 22, 2008 10:21 PM

      I think your ordering is fine, too. Maybe the "creme" is confusing some of the baristas, who might hear it and think "cream" as in whipped cream? Try "steamed soy milk, no whip, 5 pumps of vanilla"--here's hoping that might work.

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        Jasz RE: aktivistin Oct 22, 2008 10:29 PM

        aktivistin, a "creme" in Starbucks-speak is a beverage without coffee so you have to include it in the ordering process or else they will add an espresso to the drink so I don't think that veganchelly can omit it.

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          aktivistin RE: Jasz Oct 22, 2008 10:34 PM

          Ah, good to know! I thought I had ordered steamed (non-soy) milks from Starbucks that way, but could've just as likely been from Second Cup, Good Earth, or some other coffee shop.

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        mpjmph RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 05:47 AM

        You can always skip the Starbucks speak, and just order exactly what you want in real English. I've never gotten into the special language they have, and have never had an incorrect order :)

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          Stephanie Wong RE: mpjmph Oct 24, 2008 12:13 AM

          I'm with you re: avoiding Starbucks lingo. . . nice to have company, thought I was just a lone dinosaur.

        2. ccbweb RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 07:00 AM

          I would think that asking someone at a Starbucks would help clear things up.

          1. pinkprimp RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 11:32 AM

            As an ex-Starbucks employee, our proper calling of that drink would be:

            "a grande 5 pump vanilla soy no whip vanilla creme."

            If you look at the side of your cup where all the little boxes are, the order that they appear in is the order we call it...it makes it easier to remember all the different orders!

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              akq RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 11:54 AM

              I don't know whether Starbucks uses special lingo for this (they make me order my cafe au lait as a "misto"), but usually steamed milk is a steamer. So I would try, "grande 5 pump vanilla soy steamer no whip."

              1. veganchelly RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 01:55 PM

                Thanks guys! I'm going to tweak my ordering style and hope that my order confusion will be a thing of the past. I'll let you know how it goes the next time I hit a Starbucks! :)

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                  dustchick RE: veganchelly Oct 23, 2008 11:19 PM

                  To echo what others have said, the "vanilla creme" at Starbucks comes with whipped cream. For your order, I'd ask for a grande soy 5-pump vanilla steamer.

                  And yes, I've spent too much time in my local Starbucks. ;) Good luck!

                  1. ChrisOC RE: veganchelly Oct 26, 2008 02:00 PM

                    I don't go to Starbucks, but it must be a strange place indeed if it takes all this coaching just to order a cup of coffee!

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                      ccbweb RE: ChrisOC Oct 26, 2008 07:08 PM

                      That's sort of the thing here: its not a cup of coffee. And, it normally doesn't take such coaching.

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                        veganchelly RE: ChrisOC Oct 27, 2008 07:13 AM

                        I don't know of any other place in town that you can get steamed soy milk with a vegan vanilla syrup (a lot of syrups sneak milk byproducts into their ingredients list).

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