Top 10 Coffee Shop Secrets Your Barista Won’t Tell You

13+ Coffee Shop Secrets Your Barista Won’t Tell You

1. If You’re Not at Starbucks, Don’t Order Like You Are

If you want a Caramel Macchiato, you’re in the wrong place. Take the time to order from our actual menu.

2. A Bigger Cup Doesn’t Mean More Coffee

Starbucks’ Venti (590 ml) and Grande (473 ml) each contain two shots of espresso. The Venti just has more

3. There’s an Art to Pulling a Perfect Shot of Espresso

The ideal shot takes 18 to 22 seconds to pull. I have to make sure that the espresso grounds are packed to just the right firmness, that the right amount of water filters through, and control the temperature.

If a shot isn’t perfect, I won’t serve it.

4. Don’t Let the Vegan Label Fool You

It doesn’t mean our cakes are good for you. They are LOADED with white sugar.

5. Yes, I Went To School For This

Starbucks sends employees to barista school for two weeks, where they study the history of coffee, the entire coffee menu, and how to turn milk into velvety foam.

6. Latte Art Reflects Quality

If a heart or a pinwheel design holds in the milk it means that the consistency of the foam is good and the shot was pulled well.

If you’re at a place that does foam artwork, and you don’t get a good picture, that means your drink is not well made.

7. Please Believe Me

If you asked for decaf, I gave you decaf. You don’t need to ask me repeatedly. I am not out to get you.

8. You’ve Probably Been Fooled More Than Once

Sometimes the owners of independent coffee/espresso carts buy cheap coffee and sell it as a respected brand.

Not that any of our customers noticed.

9. Coffee Isn’t Always Good For You

Drinking two quad-shot, 615 ml, vanilla lattes every day isn’t healthy. It’s very, very bad for you.

10. Please Tip

I know your coffee is already overpriced, but a coin in the tip jar earns you infinite goodwill. I’ll carry that happy feeling over to my interaction with my next customer.

Karma works, and it only costs you a buck.