Starbucks Tip

Starbucks Tip

I must admit that I have an addiction.  I must have a Zebra coffee drink, extra hot, light whip, each day.  Because Starbucks coffee is so strong and their dark chocolate is so strong, I have settled upon the ideal coffee drink, with the help of quite a few baristas.  I love chocolate but the Starbucks chocolate needs to be toned down a bit so a white chocolate is added.  To soften the coffee flavor I ask for a bit of whipped cream. The Zebra name comes from the fact that both white and dark chocolate goes into the drink.   Unfortunately, the resulting Zebra coffee and chocolate drink is so darn good, I typically ask for venti size thus killing any chance of loosing any weight.  I also ask for the drink to be extra hot because it is so tall and just love it if the barista can hand it over at 200 degrees.  This drink, in my opinion, has become the litmus test for coffee houses.  I have found that the drink seldom is prepared correctly at Starbucks Coffee establishments.  Now here is the tip.  Albertson’s grocery stores frequently have a Starbucks stand inside the store.  I think they are trained better and take their time making the drinks properly because the results are dramatic.  The very best Starbucks is located in the Albertson’s in Brea California near the corner of Imperial Highway and Kramer Blvd.  The manager, Vickie, trains all the barista’s very well and these young people have wonderful personalities and are fun to kid around with.  A remarkable taste is achieved at this store.  Most often my Zebra will have a marshmallow taste which I take to mean that the barista has given me a perfectly put together drink.  I have never experienced this flavor at any Starbucks store where they get so slammed they cut corners in drink preparation.

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