Why Starbucks Isn't That Great

Why Starbucks Isn't That Great

Starbucks? More like Starsucks...
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According to E-Imports , 50 percent of the population, equivalent to 150 million Americans, drink espresso-based drinks or iced or hot coffees daily. Evidently, coffee is an important component of many of our day-to-day lives, including my own. Working as a barista, I understand the basics of the traditional latte, cappuccino, macchiato, etc. However, after working in the coffee business, I've noticed several fatal flaws as to why Starbucks isn't the coffee connoisseur they claim to be.

First of all, several of Starbucks' drinks are improperly named. For example, their famous Caramel Macchiato is, in fact, not a macchiato. A macchiato is made with espresso and two dollops of foam on top. Yet, Starbucks misleads and misinforms the public by calling what actually is a caramel latte, a macchiato.

Why does this matter, you may ask? Well, when Starbucks misleads many uninformed coffee drinkers, these customers come into stores like mine and order a "macchiato." We make this drink for them, as it should be properly made, and then they come back and are displeased and, at times, infuriated with their orders! Now, tell me, why on earth should we get the heat for correctly making a drink when Starbucks has fabricated and manipulated the definition of what a macchiato, or any other drink, actually is?

In addition to their naming misuses, they also invented a new word for a concept that already exists. This is their all-too-popular Frappuccino, combining the words "frappé" and "cappuccino." The Frappuccino is a frappé. Though the United States has adapted the traditional Greek frappé foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee into more of a blended, milkshake-like coffee drink, Starbucks still chooses to alter the name, as if they are creating a whole new idea! The jig's up, Starbucks. You're not original just by simply adding a few more syllables to a word. It's still just an American frappé.

Aside from their complete lack of coffee knowledge and unoriginal naming tactics, Starbucks' quality of ingredients isn't that much better in comparison to other coffee chains. For example, Starbucks uses a mocha sauce for most of their drinks while chains like Caribou Coffee use real chocolate chips steamed with milk. Now, I'm not sure about you, but which sounds of higher quality? Starbucks needs to certainly step up their game if they hope to rightfully rep their coffee top-dog title they seem to possess.

Lastly, the quality of service you get at Starbucks will never be nearly as satisfactory as you would get at smaller chains or individual coffee shops. Because they are a large chain, they are dealing with hundreds upon hundreds of customers each day with no time to worry about the individual customer. And the customer service definitely reflects this mentality. At the register, I often feel disengaged by the cashier and, at times, rushed. However, compare this to other coffee shops where they may ask how your day is, comment on your choice of coffee, or even recommend a drink for you.

In addition to this, the atmosphere of a Starbucks' shop is very sleek and impersonal – not at all relaxing or cozy. Not only this, but it is always way too crowded. How can you possibly enjoy your subpar beverage in such a subpar environment? I suppose that is the norm for the usual Starbucks experience, though.

So whether it is their lack of knowledge, mediocre ingredients, or even their poor customer or store experience, Starbucks is anything but exceptional. While I do at times drink Starbucks coffee, I do caution everyone to be aware when putting Starbucks on a pedestal, and I hope these few reasons expand your views of coffee overall. Sure, Starbucks is convenient and OK, but there certainly are better shops and quality cafés out there, and I urge you to explore those options before raving about how "amazing" Starbucks is.

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

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As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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5. Oreo Chocolate Truffles


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