The One Drink You Should Never Order At Starbucks, According To A Former Barista

July 28, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
shefinds | Style

Starbucks is pretty much the ideal place to pick up your caffeine fix: there’s nearly one on every corner in most major cities, and the menu is so big it can almost be overwhelming sometimes. No foam or extra? Should you add flavor? What does coconut milk even taste like in a latte? Luckily, we got the inside scoop from a former barista on the drinks you definitely shouldn’t be ordering at Starbucks.

Tara,* who worked at a Starbucks location in upstate New York, says that unless you’re looking to consume what is basically a caffeine-free meal of ice and cream, stay away from any of the “Creme” frappuccino.

“Any of the creme fraps don’t have any caffeine, like the strawberries and creme one. The vanilla bean frappuccino is basically pure sugar,” she says.

Essentially, “Creme” in the name is just an indicator that the drink is basically dessert. Considering that a grande Vanilla Bean Creme rings in at 440 calories (and that you don’t even get any actual coffee in it!), we think we’ll be sticking to the coffee giant’s lattes and drip coffees, thank you very much.

Oh, and if you don’t want your barista to hate you? Tara says to always specify whether you want your drink hot or iced before actually ordering – you’ll save your barista tons of frustration and will probably get your drink faster.

“I would get so annoyed if people would give a really complicated order that I would need to write on the cup while they were saying it, and they didn’t say hot or iced before they ordered,” she says.

Lesson learned: if you want more caffeine bang for your buck, steer clear of the frapps – and seriously people, don’t let your barista write your entire complicated order on a hot cup, only to tell them that you wanted that grande triple soy latte with extra foam, iced.

*Name has been changed.

Don’t miss: The Most Unhealthy Items At Chipotle and 6 Cocktails That Are Low Calorie

[Photo: Instagram]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...


This $17 Camisole Is The Perfect Layering Piece--Get Yours While It's On Sale Now

As much as I love summer dresses and winter sweaters, ...


The SOKO Jewelry x Reformation Capsule Collection Is Here--And It Won't Last Long

In the market for jewelry that gives off that California-...


Psst! Nordstrom Has A Really Cute Top On Sale For Just $8.99 Right Now

If you shop with any regularity, then you know it'...


Once And For All, Here's How To Prevent Sweaters From Pilling #SheFinds Solutions

We all like to break out those cozy sweaters when ...


Embrace Your Inner French Girl And Score This Must-Have Striped Top For Just $23

When it comes to building an enviably cool French girl-...


This Twist Front Top Is The Flattering Fall Essential Every Woman *Needs* In Her Wardrobe

The silver lining of summer winding down? Fall fashion, of ...


This Is The Cute And Flirty Little Black Dress That's Missing From Your Closet

When it comes to building a timeless closet, there are ...