This is your guide for how to order at Starbucks—the right way.
Unless you’re a Starbucks regular, ordering from this coffee chain can be a bit, well, intimidating. It’s hard enough to remember all the details for your drink—and on top of that, there’s a right way to place your order. Whether you want a simple Pike Place coffee or a secret menu Frap with all the fixings, there’s an etiquette for how to order at Starbucks.
To make things easier for your barista, here’s the recommended sequence to follow while ordering your drink:
First, specify whether you want your drink hot or iced. This determines what kind of cup your barista will grab to start the order.
There’s a reason why Starbucks drink sizes aren’t simply small, medium and large. Don’t ask for a “small” or a “regular” here! You’ll want to use the Starbucks lingo:
Short: 8 oz.
Tall: 12 oz.
Grande: 16 oz.
Venti (Hot): 20 oz.
Venti (Cold): 24 oz. (The extra room is to accommodate the ice.)
Trenta: 31 oz.
Then, after size and temperature, follow with all the things that make your Starbucks order special:
You can add a splash of sweetness to your drink. Tasty flavors include vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, chestnut praline and more. Just let the barista know how many pumps you’d like.
Right now, the milk options include nonfat, 1%, whole, half and half and heavy cream. You can also ask for nondairy options like almond milk, coconut milk and soy milk.
This is where you can truly personalize your drink by adding or subtracting ingredients and making any special adjustments. For example, you can request light ice, caramel drizzle or extra foam. If you order a “skinny” drink, that means you’ll get nonfat milk, sugar-free syrups and no whipped cream. If you want to go that route, here are healthy Starbucks drinks that we recommend.
Type of drink
Specify the type of drink you want: latte, macchiato, mocha…whatever your heart desires.
Ready to Order?
Your order should sound something like, “iced grande skinny vanilla latte” or tall hot chocolate with soy milk and no whip.” You start with the size and temperature of your drink, and everything else follows.
Editor’s Tip: If you’re a Starbucks Rewards member, place your order on the Starbucks mobile app. You can pay ahead and pick it up at your cafe. This way, you can order a custom drink and you don’t have to worry about reciting it out loud.
Now that you’re ready to order, check out these options for low-carb Starbucks food to add a perfect pairing to your favorite drink.
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My family loves this comforting chai tea latte recipe, especially on cold days instead of cocoa or when they're feeling under the weather. I simplified this chai tea recipe by using the filter basket of our coffeepot. It's delicious and great after dinner! —Julie Plummer, Sykesville, Maryland
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You can make Starbucks cranberry bliss bars any time you please with this step-by-step copycat recipe. It makes an entire pan of bars that taste just like the real deal. —Molly Allen, Hood River, Oregon
You can substitute Gruyere cheese for the Swiss and ham for the bacon, or add in small-cut veggies to these copycat Starbucks egg bites. I also like to bake these in small Mason jars for fun single-portion presentations. Serve with avocado slices and fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast. —Maria Morelli, West Kelowna, British Columbia
I love caramel frappuccinos from Starbucks, but they get too expensive. I now make my own, and they are just as good. If you blend the milk with all the other ingredients, it gets too foamy—instead stir it in with a spoon after all the ice is crushed. —Heather Egger, Davenport, Iowa
The flaky layers of laminated dough and a sweet, cheese filling in the center make this Danish a natural to pair with hot coffee or tea. It’s as delicious for breakfast as it is for a late-night snack. —Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
On a busy morning, these freezer breakfast sandwiches save the day. A hearty combo of eggs, Canadian bacon and cheese will keep you fueled through lunchtime and beyond. —Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Editor
Cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee, which enhances its natural sweetness and complex flavors. Even those who take hot coffee with sugar and cream might find themselves sipping cold brew plain. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
You can easily indulge in a coffeehouse-quality drink at home anytime. With whipped cream and a butterscotch drizzle, this mocha treat will perk up even the sleepiest person at the table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I created a copycat Starbucks gingerbread loaf that’s the perfect addition to my holiday baking. Served with a thick layer of frosting, it’s delicious with a cup of coffee. —Risa Lichtman, Portland, Oregon
When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. Not only did I love it, but I decided to start making my own iced coffee recipe. This easy version is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota
This quick bread is a family favorite, so I always try to have ripe bananas on hand for this recipe. I'm sure your family will love this tasty, nutty bread as much as mine does. —Susan Jones, La Grange Park, Illinois
I have always loved iced tea with lemon, and this irresistible thirst-quencher takes it one step further. The lemonade gives this refreshing drink a nice color, too. —Gail Buss, New Bern, North Carolina
I love serving this blueberry scone recipe to visiting friends and family. I always make sure a have a few in the freezer. Just pop a frozen scone in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. —Joan Francis, Spring Lake, New Jersey
My soothing white hot chocolate is a great warm-up after a wintry day spent sledding or ice skating. Or include it as a festive addition to brunch or an afternoon tea party. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.