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Starbuck's question.

Is it even possible to get a nice, hot cafe au lait at a Starbucks? Everything is so...lukewarm and foamy there.

I asked for a double espresso with hot milk, no foam, please. The resulting drink was still full of air, and hot as tapwater.

Is it an engineering problem? Legal?

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  1. Double espresso with hot milk is technically a latte, something I get there about once a week. I've never found it too foamy or lukewarm, though you can ask for it extra-hot.
    Maybe the location you are going to has a problem with their machine, or the barista isn't properly trained.

    1. "Hot as tapwater" is certainly not a company-wide standard. Is this a regular occurrence or are you basing this on a single visit?

      1. I also find the lattes at Starbucks to typically be warm, rather than really steaming hot.... I have found this in multiple stores in at two different states (and in airports). Ive been known to microwave them if possible.

        I have always found the staff to be very accomodating with amount of foam desired.

        1. If what you really want is a cafe au lait, order a cafe misto. That's drip coffee and hot milk and I've never had one that didn't need to cool off a bit before I could drink it. Most baristas would know a cafe au lait or cafe con leche is the same as a misto, but misto is what it's called on their menu.

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          1. re: Jeri L

            All the Starbucks around me dropped the Misto from its official menu boards years ago. I still order them often,and I've never had a barista not know what I meant. And they're quite hot and I let them cool a bit (or remove the lid--how do people drink with those things on?).

            1. re: pine time

              That is quite true. Starbucks has a "secret" menu too. What the secret part is, is that they'll brew anything for you, all you have to do is ask. Don't like Pike's Place and would prefer a Cafe Verona? Prefer your coffee french pressed? Just ask.

              I've never experienced lukewarm coffe, or frankly, lukewarm anything at Starbucks. In fact, they've got pretty specific temperature standards for all their products, including the steamed milk that is used in all their coffee/milk drinks.

              To the OP, next time you get a cafe au lait or latte and you think it's not hot enough, go back and tell them. Chances are good they'll remake it for you.

            2. re: Jeri L

              I love their cafe misto. I usually order a tall in a grande cup, and splash in some cold milk to cool it off a little.

              Haven't had one in forever

            3. I've always wondered why Starbucks doesn't have microwaves.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                They do, for the breakfast sandwiches. They are nuked to order. But they supposedly are not allowed to heat beverages in them, only the sandwiches and pastries.

                1. re: boogiebaby

                  Interesting.

                  I thought the sandwiches and pastries were heated (or reheated) in a toaster oven.

                  1. re: boogiebaby

                    It's not a microwave nor a toaster oven. It's a Turbochef combination oven. www.turbochef.com