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Secret Starbucks Coffee

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Shop but don't drop
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troshytroshy Forumite
128 posts
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Shop but don't drop
Hi

Apparently there is a secret coffee size in Starbucks which they don't advertise but they have special cups for and buttons on their tills for. It's called the "Short" coffee and some employees won't give it to you unless you argue with them that it does actually exist.

It's worth the arguing though cause apperently it gives you a better milk to coffee ratio and gives you better value for money. I think Starbucks actually loose money on them so I guess that is why they don't advertise them.

Has anyone else heard of these?

James
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  • Bob63Bob63 Forumite
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    They definitely sell them in the US. I have ordered them for colleagues.

    http://www.boosman.com/blog/2006/01/the_secret_starbucks_drink.html
    http://www.slate.com/id/2133754/

    Mike
  • edited 15 June 2013 at 12:47PM
    jndjnd Forumite
    453 posts
    edited 15 June 2013 at 12:47PM
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  • I always order a Short coffee for my mum she thinks they are all too big and cant drink one. If you look on the menu there is a short tea listed (i think but don't quote me it might be something else). I have had staff say "oh we don't do short" and have said, "could you check again, I order it regularly at another branch" and they have found the button on the till!

    It's not really worth arguing with me though, I'm a Venti girl through and through and at this time of year will usually have a Venti Latte in and then a Venti frappachino to go - they sure make their money outta me!

    I wonder if you can get a short frappachino - I like the fruit based ones and so does my toddler - a short would be just right for him....
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  • edited 15 June 2013 at 12:47PM
    jndjnd Forumite
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    edited 15 June 2013 at 12:47PM
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  • yummum_3yummum_3 Forumite
    71 posts
    I used to work for Starbucks (I left a week ago) and I can confirm that Starbucks do have a smaller cup called the short size. It is cheaper. It is the same size as the 'kids hot chocolate'. Older customers tend to have cups of tea in the short size because they are often suprised by the american cup sizes (Venti is a pint!) and find them a bit much. You can ask for a smaller size but you might find the staff reluctant but they are there available for every hot drink.

    The cold drinks (frap's) only come in the 3 sizes but you can ask for a very small plastic cup (free) and pour some in yourself for smaller children. I get one for my little girl and give her some milk foam for her biscuit, and she feels all grown up too! :coffee:

    Don't forget if you buy a cup (very expensive option) you can take it in a get the drinks cheaper... I think its 10 or 15p??? No one ever did this though. I might start since I've no staff discount now :sad:
  • Yummum wrote:
    I used to work for Starbucks (I left a week ago)

    Perhaps you can tell me if its true that you can get free refills if you are drinking your coffee in the shop? My cousin in the States says that you can.
    Jane

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  • mm66mm66 Forumite
    550 posts
    Yummum wrote:
    I used to work for Starbucks (I left a week ago)

    Perhaps you can tell me if its true that you can get free refills if you are drinking your coffee in the shop? My cousin in the States says that you can.

    In US you get a refill of drip coffee for 50p if ordered in the shop within one hour of the first drink...UK as usual refuses to do it!!
  • troshytroshy Forumite
    128 posts
    I thought I would try and ask for a Short Cappacino today when I walked past Starbucks.

    The server didn't hear me the first time (maybe they are not asked for often?) but the second time I asked she moved a pen holder out of the way on her desk and low and behold were a stack of the secret short size cups. She pressed the short button on the till and a minute or so later I got the secret coffee.

    Not an expert, but it did taste pretty good.
  • i've been drinking short coffees for ages from starbucks, as i can't manage a large one. i never knew they weren't advertised, i just asked for smallest size one day and was told it was called a short.
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  • TribalTribal Forumite
    84 posts
    Yummum wrote:
    I used to work for Starbucks (I left a week ago) and I can confirm that Starbucks do have a smaller cup called the short size. It is cheaper. It is the same size as the 'kids hot chocolate'. Older customers tend to have cups of tea in the short size because they are often suprised by the american cup sizes (Venti is a pint!) and find them a bit much. You can ask for a smaller size but you might find the staff reluctant but they are there available for every hot drink.

    The cold drinks (frap's) only come in the 3 sizes but you can ask for a very small plastic cup (free) and pour some in yourself for smaller children. I get one for my little girl and give her some milk foam for her biscuit, and she feels all grown up too! :coffee:

    Don't forget if you buy a cup (very expensive option) you can take it in a get the drinks cheaper... I think its 10 or 15p??? No one ever did this though. I might start since I've no staff discount now :sad:

    I happened to have a coffee cup just bought elsewhere with me, and they gave me the 10p discount. Didn't have to be a Starbucks mug.
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