Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cafe Latte, no sarcasm please

When you order coffee, it usually comes out FLAMING hot and you have to wait 30 minutes to drink it. I started ordering lattes and such at 120 degrees as recommended by Starbucks and Bigby (whatever, Beaners).

Today, however, I ordered a latte from Panera and as I was waiting for it, I hear the "barista" say, "Ok, seriously? Is this a joke? How do I know what degrees the milk is?" She goes on and on, thinks the guy that rang me up is messing with her. "Who orders this? C'mon?"

Finally, I step up to the counter and tell her. "I just don't want it so hot that I have to wait 30 minutes before I drink it. You know? I does not have to be exactly 120 degrees." I bit my tongue hard when I thought telling her about that little thing called a thermometer, that measures temperature, say, of steamed milk for a latte.

6 comments:

Trophy Life said...

this is somewhat odd and disturbing. i have to say, having worked at Starbucks, that the temperature of the milk should be monitored at all times.
duh!!
i think i remember steaming it to 160 degrees at starbucks, b/c not only should the temp. be consistent so that customers can adjust to their liking, but over 160 degrees is technically "burning" the milk. if others like it hotter, fine.
i usually have SO much hope in Panera, but this makes me not want to order a latte. PLUS - who talks like this in front of customers?!! good for you for speaking both.

Ms. Bee said...

I worked in a coffee shop for 7 or 8 years and we had to steam it to 160 degrees unlessed directed otherwise by the customer. I would have taken that be-otch to task.

Anonymous said...

Barista = Cunty

A Lesson A Day said...

Even if she had a thermometer something tell me she would not be able to figure out how it worked! By the way, where were you that people do not order lattes?

Hurley said...

Just extend your middle finger and ask for an ice cube...

Ms. Bee said...

hahahahahahahaha...... love it