Monday, March 7, 2011

Starbucks needs to stop being snooty.

What's with the drink sizes here? It seems every time I order I get corrected.

"Uh, no, you want a VENTI. GRANDE means MED-I-UM. Like, as in smaller than large," explains Ron, who stands behind the register with a concerned look upon his clean-shaven face.

"Well, excuse me, RON. I'm terribly sorry that all your drink sizes mean 'large' and that I'm inept at using Starbucks terminology - but can you just get me the largest size available ASAP?!" I am quite rude when I've only gotten 4 hours of sleep and must study for a midterm for at least 6 hours (minimum). Ronnie boy didn't even ask for my name to scribble across my Light Mocha frap cup, even though I'm sure he wanted to write "Bitch."

Now I love Starbucks just like any other All-American citizen. But tell me, why is an AMERICAN company using Italian to describe their beverage sizes? For example, Venti means "twenty" - in Starbucks lingo it translates to "large" as Ron was kind enough to point out.

I just think they're being snooty.

Also, another thing that bugs me about Starbucks is their new way of advertising. They no longer showcase their Tall, Grande, and Venti size prices. Just their Grande and Venti, as if Tall has flown out the window. In fact, I thought it had been discharged completely. But no, a friendly little asterisk showed that they still offered "Tall" the very bottom of the menu.

All I have to say is...hey, that ain't nice. Smart, but unkind.

I really feel like I should have chosen to go into advertising as a career.


  1. like Mcdonalds only offering medium and large...

  2. WHAT? I am appalled. I never go to McDonald's (well at least not so much anymore) but wow...I don't like it.

  3. this is a great post, totally agree. For this exact reason I had to break down and buy a fancy shmancy espresso machine from the high-end kitchen store where I work. Now if anyone is being rude to me when I ask for a double-latte hold the foam, it is usually The Husband.
    I like your blog. I am a new follower.

  4. Aw, I am honored! Thank you, I love your blog, always a good read :) The entry about the marathon was my all time favorite, love it. & buying a fancy shmancy expresso machine sounds like a grand idea, imagine the money I'd save! 4.25 for a "Grande" is more luxury than I can afford several times a week.