Yes, you are completely devoted to Starbucks. A coffeehouse that represents a way of life. We anticipate summer with fruity, refreshing, and Instagram-worthy iced teas and wait all year for the notorious PSL (“basic” be damned).
At Christmas, we know it’s time for Gingerbread Lattes served from Christmas mugs. However, the cost of feeding such interest may add up quickly. The average price of a drink off a menu is between $3 and $7, and adding on extras like a shot of espresso or almond milk can raise that price significantly.
You can get more for your (Star)buck, whether you’re trying to save money, reduce the amount of time you spend in line at Starbucks, or improve your diet. If you want to save money, time, and maybe even some teeth, here are some Starbucks tricks for you to try.
When placing an order from the hidden menu, specify the drink’s recipe rather than the drink’s name.
Countless permutations of delicious beverages can be made from the wide variety of ingredients available at Starbucks.
Some grow popular on social media and eventually become a “secret menu drink” at Starbucks, which means that baristas aren’t formally trained to prepare them.
Always ask for the recipe when ordering from a hidden menu, rather than just the drink’s name.
If you want something similar to a Thin Mint Frappuccino, you may try asking for a “Can I get a grande Matcha Frappuccino with no classic syrup, 1 pump of mocha, 1 pump of peppermint, java chips blended in, and mocha drizzle on top?”
Two, there’s an ideal sequence for placing your drink orders.
The order of order is as follows: hot or iced, size of a drink, whether or not it is decaf, number of shots, number of pumps of syrup, kind of milk, and finally any additional ingredients (like extra hot).
The barista can start filling up your order correctly if you specify the temperature of the beverage first, followed by its size.
On your birthday, you’ll receive a complimentary drink.
In honor of your birthday, Starbucks will give you a free drink if you’re a member of the Starbucks Rewards program.
The birthday meal can be tailored to your preferences, from practically anything on the menu. A week before your birthday, make sure you’re registered for Rewards.
During the month of December in the year 2020, front-line employees at Starbucks will receive a free coffee.
First responders can get a complimentary tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at participating locations.
Medical professionals, public health workers, pharmacists, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, dentists, mental health workers (therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, etc.)
Janitors, hospital security guards, active-duty military personnel, contact tracers, researchers working on vaccines and pharmaceuticals, airline pilots and flight attendants, the Transportation Security Administration, and medical researchers all fall into this category.
A red cup from Starbucks.
The featured image is courtesy of Starbucks 5. Every year, Starbucks distributes a limited-edition Christmas cup. Starbucks has been distributing a special Christmas cup for the past three years in a row as a promotional item for its seasonal beverages.
On November 6, 2020, customers who purchased one of their limited-edition holiday beverages, like Peppermint Mocha, received a complimentary cup. Get ready for the 2021 holiday season to order your own commemorative mug.
Six, you can enjoy a free doggie snack.
Starbucks will prepare a Puppuccino for your dog if you bring him or her in with you. All that goes into a Puppuccino is a dollop of whipped cream and an espresso shot.
The menu only lists six sizes, but there are two more available that aren’t listed.
Most beverages come in either a short (8 ounce) or Trenta (31 ounces) size. In the absence of espresso, Trenta serves only cold beverages.
Use lemonade in place of water in a Starbucks Refresher.
Substitute lemonade for water for a refreshingly sour Refresher. Both the Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade and the Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade started out as hidden menu items before making it onto Starbucks’ regular menu due to their immense popularity.
You can reduce the number of calories in your drink by asking for it to be made “light” or “thin.”
By substituting sugar-free syrup, and nonfat milk, and skipping the whipped cream, most espresso and frappuccino drinks can be created with fewer calories. Saving yourself 80-110 calories simply by avoiding whipped cream in your cup is easy.
Cream on top of my Frappuccino from Starbucks.
Starbucks 10 provided the photo. Any beverage you order can have whipped cream or caramel drizzle added for no additional cost.
You can get these extras for free when you buy a drink.