You want Mocha with that?

I’m not really supposed to have caffeine. Heart condition, palpitations, that sort of “frail Victorian lady” bullshit. So I usually tempt fate and indulge in a delicious yet deadly cafe mocha from the downtown Firehook Bakery across the street from my office.

Today after my allergy testing fun I really needed a pick-me-up. So, far from Firehook, I wandered into the Washington Circle Starbucks for a “tall skinny mocha” or whatever the hell they call it. When it’s up I collect it and am on my way to relax in the circle and let my blisters fade when it strikes me that the cup is incredibly lightweight. There seems to be no heft from the mocha or the espresso shots. I lift the lid and peer in – what do I see? Whipped cream. Literally over half the cup must be whipped cream.

Now I know people joke that Starbucks is in the dairy business, not the coffee business, but this is ridiculous. So I return to the counter and sweetly say, “Miss, I’m sorry. No whipped cream, please.”

She rolls her eyes and makes another mocha.
This time, it’s filled to the brim with actual liquid.

What the f*%#@? Is this typical, Starbucks drinkers, or is this a case of bad barrista?

4 Comments so far

  1. jess (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 6:14 pm

    that starbucks is horrible. all around.

  2. John (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 6:45 pm

    She rolls her eyes

    I think this is typical of all area Starbucks…

  3. Lisa (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

    It’s that one..

    I love my Starbucks (I know, I know), but the first time I walked in and ordered a chantico (the 1/2 crack, 1/2 melted chocolate drink), the barrista said (super fast), “Oh my god, aren’t they great? The first day they came out, I had 10!”

  4. east coast girl (unregistered) on September 8th, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    I always drink the Mocha at Starbucks, and I have never had a problem with the cup being full, even before they ask if I want the whipped cream. Of course, I have never been to that branch, but I am guessing it was the barrista.

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