While standing in line at Starbucks, I have heard people order a “tall blonde.” I want a tall blonde! What guy doesn’t… blonde’s have more fun… its proven!
What is a Starbuck’s “blonde”? It is a milder, less roasted coffee, actually their Veranda, and I think it is their best… mainly because it isn’t over-roasted. So Maybe a Grande can be a blonde with legs?
But a tall is a small… I only go big — I want legs on my blonde — and I WANT some cute slang to use when ordering my preferred drink.
IF ENOUGH PEOPLE DO THIS, as workers change location and you tell friends about it… soon it will be the norm… and you will have participated in changing the Starbuck’s culture just a tad.
Most coffee shops have at least a few unlisted drinks for patrons in the know. “For some shops, there are unwritten drinks, based on popular drinks some customers may ask for,” Dominy says. Most established baristas can make off-the-list fare, he says, though managers prefer they stick to the menu. So what’s popular in the unposted coffee drink arena? The Dirty Chai, a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Another is the Espresso Panna Cotta (listed on the Starbucks website, though not in stores), an espresso topped with whipped cream, he says. And if you’re after a megadose of caffeine, order the Red Eye or Black Eye, a drip coffee plus one or two shots of espresso, respectively. At Starbucks, says Duong, one of the most popular off-menu orders is coffee served through a French press.
A “Purple-Eye” has three shots of expresso. There is a battle for the secret menu… some say it doesn’t exist, other in the Starbuck’s org want to squash it for reasons of complication in ordering it with baristas who do not know what it is. But the old school baristas KNOW:
Here are some more examples via Urban Daddy: