Starbucks’ Secret Menu


Everyone has a different perspective on Starbucks. In a place like San Francisco, with a strong independent cafe culture, it’s seen as Corporate Joe. In Birmingham, though, Starbucks helped balloon the city’s tiny pre-existing cafe community. Enough cultural commentary. My main goal with this post is to alert interested Starbucks consumers to a few attractive menu items that have inexplicably been left off the menu. (I speak primarily for the Birmingham stores, but in my experience these items are generally available nationally.)

For for the frugal and/or low intenisty addict: the Short coffee. It’s served in the same cup as the kid’s hot chocolate. And you always thought that it was nonsensical that Starbuck’s small was called tall. It isn’t; they just don’t want to explain matters to you.

For cafe au lait lovers: the Misto. Cafe au lait fans will love the Misto because, well, it is a cafe au lait. Half cup of coffee, topped with steamed milk. Ask for it extra foamy.

For people who have strong coffee preferences: the French Press. They don’t tell you this, but for 3 or 4 bucks, they’ll serve you up a french press made of any coffee in stock. So when the coffee of the day is House, and you just gotta have Sumatra…it’s your choice. And you’ll have enough to share with a friend.

Take control of your Starbucks experience. Order off menu.

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109 Responses

  1. Keri says:

    bobo – June 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I currently work at Starbucks and we share one simple rule on the bar: BITCHES AND ASSHOLES GET DECAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BOBO What about pregnant ladies????? We get decaf due to the increased risk of misscariage, so I would suggest you keep your rude comments to yourself.

  2. Keri says:

    that goes for “Kitty” cat too.

  3. Ris says:

    Um, Keri, I believe what bobo meant was the fact that they purposely give rude customers decaf when they clearly want caffeinated drinks. It’s to reciprocate the headaches the “bitches and assholes” gave them. I should know, I worked at a coffee store too 🙂

    I don’t think their intention was to insult those who do order decaf. In fact, that’s probably irrelevant. LOL

    But the marble mocha macchiato sounds amazing, I’m definitely trying that next time I go to Starbucks!

  4. giggles10 says:

    I keep reading how many of you give people that you think are being rude or you dont like decaf, I dont understand why? I mean all your doing is not giving them the caffein rush they want but it’s not that hard to go get a soda or even an energy drink for a pick-me-up. I used to work in a coffee shop and we used to do it the other way around if a person was rude or complained or we didn’t like them or whatever the reason was and they wanted decaf we always used regular coffee instead. Mostly we hated making the decaf since it’s not as common for people around where I’m from to get decaf but we’d always use regular coffee instead of the requested decaf for assholes. Then we’d make a joke after they left about how we probably caused they’re next heart attack because of the caffein overload they’re not expecting.

  5. Liz says:

    Dealing with rude people comes with the territory when you are working with the general public. This is something I know well because I am a nurse, but I believe in being professional and doing my job well and correctly NO MATTER WHAT! Sick people and people in need of their dose of caffeine can probably be equally “bitchy”, but does this mean I should give them inadequate care, treat them differently, or mess up their medications on purpose?! To those of you who work at Starbucks and mess up people’s drink orders on purpose…please grow up and take your jobs seriously, or maybe it’s time to find a new career where you don’t have have to interact with the general public.

  6. Alex says:

    You can get a Cap n’ Crunch Frappuccino by ordering a strawberrys and cream frappuccino with a shot of caramel, two shots of toffee, one shot of hazelnut, and two scoops of chocolate chips

  7. Lily says:

    some of my personal favs are getting a green tea-vanilla bean frappe with caramel sauce or a chai with 1 or 2 pumps of mocha (chocolate chai) or a vanilla mint frappe

  8. Flynn says:

    My favorite off-menu item is the Grasshopper:
    green tea frapp
    with peppermint
    and java chips

  9. ryan serial barrista dater says:

    I am suprised no one has mentioned the demise of almond syrup some four years ago. One used to be able to add melon and almond to a passion tea and get the exact taste of Hawaiian Punch!!

    If you want a secret recipe ask, ask, ask, if they can make anything that tastes like something else. There are at least a dozen recipes, some like hawaiian punch dont exist anymore.