Anonymous said: hi! so I'm a new partner and I get super stresses out whenever I'm on till, do you have any tips for multitasking everything??? (getting the order, writing on the cup, grabbing pastries/coffee etc.) thank ya!
Well first step is to take a deep breath. Lots of times, when I first started, I would get super stressed out because I was overthinking everything. Being stressed out isn’t gonna help things and you could make more mistakes by being so overwhelmed. So try not to overthink it and just relax :)
Also, try working on your memory a little bit. It will definitely improve the longer you work at Starbucks. The brewing coffee part can get a little difficult, depending on what your labor is like and especially if you work mornings. What I like to do is start the process and if you happen to have a customer, just start a conversation with them if you don’t think you can remember their drink. That way they don’t feel ignored and you can get your coffee brewed. So two biggest things are to relax and just work on your memory a little bit. It’ll get way less overwhelming the longer you work for Starbucks, I promise. Hope this helps! :)
Anonymous said: Passion Tea Lemonade with Blackberry on the Fizzio is actually pretty good! Give it a shot, yo ;)
Omg I do that but with Valencia orange instead of lemonade. Heavenly! :)
Any baristas have any opinions on the fizzio drinks? Annoying to make? Think they’re pointless? They don’t seem very popular at my store at all. What about customers? Any opinions on them? Drop those suckas in my ask box! :)
Anonymous said: Venti 4 pump caramel nonfat iced coffee OR cool lime refresher no water sub lemonade if I want something less dense than coffee
Is this the judge by your drink thing? If so, you’re hella RAD cause iced coffee is my drink! And I love the cool lime too on super hot days when I need something refreshing.
soup-or-naturl said: Hi! I really like ordering frappuccinos, it's not that i don't like coffee it's just i think they taste really nice, i mean coffee isn't my absolute favorite drink but i always see other confession blogs and such say how much they hate making those drinks and how much they hate the person for ordering it, it makes me feel as if i should order something else. I don't go to starbucks all that often but i was wondering if you had any suggestions that had coffee in it?
Oh boy! Aren’t you swell?
First off, if you really want a frappuccino, get one. Don’t worry about what we think of you. If it’s what you like, it’s what you like. You seem very nice, so I doubt they’d look down on you and if you go in when it’s not super busy, they won’t be that annoyed. It’s mostly the people that get 4839572 frappuccinos at a time while we’re slammed and then act hella rude about it that we don’t care for. If a frappuccino is what you really want, you should get one.
HOWEVER. I do love giving suggestions. And since you like frappuccinos, I’ll give you some cold ones. One I used to drink all the time is an iced white mocha. It has a really good balance of sweet and coffee and comes with whipped cream like the frappuccinos. If it doesn’t taste sweet enough to you, you can always ask your barista to add more pumps. I don’t drink white mochas anymore, they’re too sweet. Now I’ve been drinking iced coffee. The cool thing about iced coffee is you can get any flavor in it. I get mine with toffeenut and cream. But you can do hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon dolce. Let me know if you like those! :)
caitiecake said: Just got a job at Starbucks. I'm going to need this blog!
Yay! Welcome! :)
Anonymous said: Reguarding your post a while ago about frappuccinos not being called 'frappes'- a vanilla bean 'frappuccino' IS actually a frappe, because it contains no coffee. Therefore there's no reason to add the 'appuccino' since that part of the word refers to cappuccino, which is a coffee beverage.
Frappuccino is a made up word. There’s no reference to anything there. It’s Starbucks trying to sound fancy and cultured and just failing at it. Frappe is a word made up by McDonald’s. All of their frappe’s have coffee. So I’m not entirely sure where you got that info, but it’s definitely not true. A vanilla bean, a double chocolatey chip, a strawberries and creme, etc. are all called creme based frappuccinos. Never frappes.
Recently, I just came up on my 4 year anniversary with this company. I definitely didn’t think I would be here that long but here I am. With another few years to go, honestly. Is anyone participating in that Starbucks U thing? I’ve been looking into it and I’m seriously considering it once I’m done with community college.
I just want to give a shout out to all my fellow baristas who are working and school. It takes some hard work. Seriously. When I first got hired, I was only 16 and still in high school. And now I’m taking college classes at the local community college. It’s tough. We have to deal with idiots in class, teachers who don’t care, hours of homework and essays, and then turn around and serve coffee to ungrateful bastards.
All of my student baristas: you guys are incredible. Just keep on keepin’ on.
Anonymous said: in our store, if someone makes a purchase above $25, and they want to use their credit card, we have to check ID. so this one time this "regular" (i had never seen her) came and literally threw all her cards at me and said "HERE RELOAD $50". so i said "alright ma'am do you mind if just check your ID?". she started tearing me down immediately saying i was worthless and pathetic and stupid. and how "this will never happen again". i was still new at the time too. :(
Wow… I’m so sorry to hear that. What a twat. Don’t ever listen to people like her, those are the people whose lives are so miserable they feel like they need to drag everyone down with them. You’re probably great at your job. Don’t let pathetic customers ruin your day, okay?
Anonymous said: This blog is pretty amusing, nice work! I start training with my local sbux soon & Im super nervous about doing drive through. Is it hard to balance and do other things too?
It is at first. Training takes about two weeks, and yeah you do learn the basics in training, you don’t really get the hang of things until you really throw yourself into the action. Have confidence. Drive thru can be tough, but practice enough and soon you won’t even have to think about it. Good luck!
Sorry for the hiatus. I basically skipped all of Holiday. Holiday was just nuts. I’m hoping it was my last one with this company. I’m just not sure how much longer I can do this. I hope all my partners are doing wonderfully and that their stores are better than mine.