Dark brewed coffee is inexpensive but sometimes lacking.
Single brew coffee is one of the the most common orders at Starbucks, but it’s not necessarily the best, according to former barista Danielle Damrell.
She thinks Starbucks burns off the flavor of their coffee by roasting the beans.
She said: ‘There’s a reason it’s the cheapest item on the menu.
A good deal can be found with pour-over coffee.
Damrell said she prefers Starbucks’ poured black coffee over the typical batch-brewed brew. Hot water is poured over ground coffee beans in a filter to create pour-over coffee.
Ask for an installment if you want better-tasting black coffee for the same price as regular brew coffee, Damrell said.
The coffee may taste smoother even though it takes a little longer to brew this order.
It may not be worth having the chai latte.
Damrell said Starbucks’ chai lattes aren’t made in-house like the company’s brewed coffee.
Starbucks chai “isn’t it if you’re looking for a fresh, handmade choice,” Damrell told Insider.
She said the chai comes pre-mixed and baristas only need to add milk or water to serve it.
The Cloud Macchiato was called a “waste of money” by one barista.
Kathryn Humphreys, a former Starbucks barista, said the company’s Cloud Macchiato, a whipped, ice-cold espresso drink that comes with a thick layer of froth and a drizzle of flavored syrup, isn’t worth the steep price tag.
Humphreys said: “The Cloud Macchiato is a complete waste of money. You pay for additional air; it’s simply meringue powder mixed with milk to create a bit more froth.
Ask the barista for a little more foam on your regular macchiato to save money.
If you want a light coffee with caffeine, blond roast is a good option.
The Starbucks Blond Roast is well known for its mild flavor and high caffeine boost.
According to Damrell, my favorite brewed coffee flavor is blond roast. It’s the sweetest and has the most caffeine, in my opinion.
Light roast beans are roasted for a shorter period of time than regular Starbucks beans, giving them a milder flavor and less bitterness.
Making Frappuccinos is a lot of work.
Starbucks is renowned for its decadent Frappuccinos, but creating the sweet, blended iced coffee drink takes a lot of work.
Because they take a lot more work to produce than virtually any other drink, “many baristas will complain when someone asks for a Frappuccino,” Damrell said.
Even if the barista produces multiple servings of the same flavor, each Frappuccino, according to Damrell, must be mixed individually. Plus, each Frappuccino flavor specifies a long list of ingredients that baristas need to remember.
The single syrup lattes are a treat at a reasonable price.
A single syrup latte can be ordered to meet a demand for flavored coffee at a lower cost.
One of my favorite orders is a single syrup caramel and nut latte, Damrell said. While paying $5 for a latte still isn’t ideal, it’s cheaper than the majority of other flavored drinks on the menu.
Damrell says different drinks require different amounts of syrup pumps: three for a tall, four for a tall, and five for a venti. To reduce smoothness and cost, request fewer pushups.
The much-loved Salted Caramel Mocha, according to one barista, is a sturdy and solid order.
One of the most popular winter drinks on Starbucks’ menu is salted caramel mocha, which is one of a variety of seasonal drinks it offers.
Salted Caramel Mocha is the only specialty drink I like, according to Humphreys. “The addition of sea salt is just what a chilly winter morning needs,” the reviewer said of the whipped cream and caramel on top.
The drink also includes walnut caramel syrup and mocha sauce in addition to whipped cream, caramel syrup and salt flakes.
A mild option is vanilla sweet cream cold brew.
One of Humphreys’ favorite drinks is Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, she said. Coffee grounds are steeped in cold water for many hours to produce a milder tasting cold brew drink.
Humphreys noted that the cold brew method “makes the coffee quite robust, but not harsh.” A perfectly smooth and creamy flavor is added by the vanilla cream.
The drink is often served cold, but if you like a stronger taste, ask for it with less ice.