Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lukewarm, unsweetened raspberry flavored coffee

photo by Flickr user axis.

Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Let me just sum this up in a few words: avoid the Starbucks in the new Target store on the corner of Route 1 and 322 in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Here's how it went down:

I ordered an iced, hazelnut latte. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, first the woman had to go into the back to get more hazelnut syrup. After being gone for several minutes, she informed me that they were out of hazelnut. Okay, I can understand that. I opted for raspberry instead. An iced raspberry latte. Very nice, I was looking forward to it.

Then she told me that I had to wait for a new batch of coffee to brew. I thought lattes were espresso, but whatever, I was probably just confused. Then I watch as she discards the clear cup used for iced drinks, puts a few lonely cubes of ice into a standard paper cup, squirts some raspberry syrup in, then sticks it under the coffee brewer thingy. Freshly brewed, piping hot coffee drops into the cup, naturally melting the ice almost immediately.

"Do you want room for cream and sugar?" she asks me. By this time, it's been almost 10 minutes since I first ordered. I'm very confused as to what she's doing, and I just kinda' want to get out of there. I say no, expecting a latte to already have cream and sugar.

She hands me a cup that now contains unsweetened, raspberry flavored coffee that's become lukewarm from the ice cubes. Gag. Needless to say, I put a heck of a lot more cream and sugar into that cup.

Just save yourself the time and visit a Starbucks where they know what they're doing. Yikes.

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