Mar 25, 2009

Coffee Woes

Tall White Mocha extra Whip? Check.
Tall Blended Strawberry Lemonade? Check.
Regular coffee?? Umm... I'm a little lost.

I don't know why I feel so much anxiety about going to Starbucks and ordering a normal cup of coffee. Maybe it's the long lines, employees eager for you to know what you want (like going to McDonalds and staring at the menu as if it's actually changed....) or the seasoned Starbucks pros that walk in there and bark their complex orders out with ease (5 shot venti, 2/5th decaf, ristretto shot, 1pump Vanilla, 1pump Hazelnut, breve,1 sugar in the raw, with whip, carmel drizzle on top, free poured, 4 pump mocha... yes, absolutely ridiculous).

For the last few weeks I've been trying to build up the chutzpah to walk into Starbucks and just order a plain coffee (mainly because of their daily special of a "tall blend" and Artisan Sandwich for $3.95) but I find myself unsure of what exactly a "tall blend" is and when I walk into the store my nerves kick in and I feel a little stupid asking them about something so basic.

Anyways, I've decided to stick to Dunkin Donuts for regular coffee because in addition to being less intimidating and having better lids, they use real sizes like small, medium and large and a medium coffee cost me $1.50! I was shocked to hand over such a small amount of cash today! You mean to tell me that coffee isn't supposed to cost upwards of $5 dollars? Huh? What? What rock have I been living under steadily shelling out top dollar to Starbucks... and for what? A little extra pomp and circumstance when they yell out my order and hand me my drink? The "ambience" of which the Starbucks in my building is missing tons of... I'll have Starbucks be my go-to place for sweet, candy like drinks and stick to what "America Runs On" for my normal coffee.


CaramelKisses said...

I love dunkkin donuts regular coffee. They actually hand me in the stores getting the entire meal said, but true :-)

i am more of a caribou coffee girl, when it comes to the "special blends"

King of Soul said...

I'm not a huge Coffee drinker but Dunkin has the best regular Coffee. However, since I'm not a big Coffee drinker I usually go with an frap from Starbucks and that is only in the

South Loop Social Light said...

The funny thing is that I always thought coffee was pretty nasty but Starbucks opened up a whole new world to me. lol...

Ms_Slim said...

LOL! You are so right about the ridiculousness of the orders. Folk at my job and I converse on it sometimes. One coworker gets a Venti no water Chai Latte with 3 pumps of something. I just got lost in the convo yea...I just do the Tall Mocha Frap...and call it a day LOL

I dont have time for unnecessary complications lol. And Im not big on hot coffee. Fraps is the closest thing Ill do to coffee. And I love Starbucks!

Over the winter though, I had NO problem ordering a basic Hot Chocolate lol. Folk in one of the establishments downtown know my order by heart now so I dont even have to order it. They go, "hey, Mal. Same?" and thats that! The way it should be lol

PS; How come I can't add you to my Google Reader? Weird...That's the only reason I havent commented in a while.....I havent seen any updates lol

South Loop Social Light said...

That's strange. I'm not familiar with google reader.

I like starbucks'm gonna post about it.

Ms_Slim said...

Oh Google Reader is BOMB!

All of the folk that you are following are in your Google Reader and you can read blogs from there vs going to the page, etc. It's wonderful. For some reason, youre the only one I'm 'following' whose blogs I can't see. Your blog doesnt even show in my reader. Weird.

I trust you have a gmail acct. In your gmail across the top margin, there's a tab called, Reader. Click that and it should automatically take you to your specialized Reader.

If you dont have a gmail account (is it even possible to not have a gmail account and have a blogger account?), just go to and type in Google Reader in the box. Or along the top of the google website there's a 'Reader' tab under 'More'. Check it out :)

South Loop Social Light said...

I have a gmail acct but it's not linked to this page. I actually created my blogger before you were required to have a gmail so I never switched everything over. I really don't care for gmail in terms of their email capabilities...but I'll trust that it's a nice tool to have.

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