Entering Starbucks for the first time is like a rite of passage, exciting yet intimidating, and most of the time requiring a certain amount of guidance. It is akin to stepping into a secret society of impatient coffee drinkers whose propensity to lose their temper is directly proportional to how far along they are from getting their first meal of the day, aka a cup of coffee. There are three goals that all Starbucks noobs must accomplish on their first visit: 1) walk away triumphantly with order; 2) receive a smile from the barista; and 3) earn the respect of everybody else in line – and if you’re able to do all three without giving away the fact that you were a Starbucks virgin, you deserve an extra pat on the back.
It’s easy to spot a Starbucks newbie; there are foolproof telltale behaviors, all of them annoying. Now, don’t be that kind of Starbucks noob. Really, just don’t.
1. Announce it’s your first time at Starbucks
When you announce it’s your first time at Starbucks, what exactly do you expect the barista to do with that information? Roll out the red carpet? Pull out a Starbucks for Dummies guide? Give you a run through of every drink on and off the menu? Relax, every Starbucks customer went through the newbie experience; you’re going to be just fine.