Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Go Beyond the Grande Drip: Starbucks' Secret Menu

There are few things more necessary and satisfying than your morning cup, delivered hot, steaming and exactly to order at Starbucks. But anyone would admit that sometimes you need a little change of pace.  Sure an "add shot" of espresso or a squirt of syrup might liven up the boredom, but what if there was a universe of secret drinks that any patient barista can whip up for you?  

For a few years, canny Starbucks fans have known about and added to the "secret menu" of drinks and preparation methods that will get you a truly unique morning or afternoon coffee. There is even a website, Starbucks Secret Menu, "created for Starbucks fans by Starbucks fans" that keeps you up and current with all the phantasmagorical creations (did you know that the "butterbeer" of Harry Potter books is part of the secret menu?).

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
The Daily Meal

Link to article:

Excerpt: "Lattes, coffees, and cappuccinos can become boring after a while of mass consumption. There are all sorts of crazy spices and syrups available at local coffee shops but no one ever knows how to use them properly. Your local barista is probably too busy to explain that they can create essentially anything you want behind the barista bar. Back in 2011 we discovered something amazing –Starbucks had a secret menu that allows you to get creative with all that Starbucks has to offer. This menu wasn’t widely known, but it was enough of a start to get us more interested in the craze. We found a number of creative drinks that were widely available at almost every Starbucks across the country. What we didn’t realize was how explosive the secret menu would become.

Click here to see the Starbucks Secret Menu Update (Slideshow) Following the development of our story, there were a number of websites created that allowed for individuals to share their own Starbucks concoction and build on old secret menu items. Sites like Starbucks Secret Menu feature loyal Starbucks goers that have come up with some pretty creative drinks like the Cake Batter Frappuccino which only calls for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and 1 pump of almond syrup for a tall. Other drinks require a little more patience on the part of the barista like the Hot Butterbeer Latte which needs caramel syrup, chai syrup, caramel syrup, cinnamon Dolce syrup, toffee nut syrup, and whipped cream and salted caramel bits. Then there’s the old favorites that have hit our list before like the Thin Mint Frappuccino which uses Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino and is blended with chocolate syrup and java chips and The Dirty Hippy (a Dirty Chai Tea Latte with soy milk instead of regular milk). Some of these drinks don’t seem that difficult to make but when you’re 20 customers deep on a busy Monday morning, we can imagine the baristas are pretty overwhelmed when it comes to the hidden menu. That didn’t stop us from trying to find more drinks on the secret menu though. 

We scoured the web and found some pretty crazy sites that offered some creative and innovative Starbucks drinks from consumers. There are all kinds of secrets behind the bar at Starbucks – bet you didn’t know there’s even a size that is larger than the Venti called the Trenta that is a 31 ounce drink that’s available for iced drinks only. Walking into Starbucks can sometimes be overwhelming what with their plethora of possible drink orders. We were able to come across some new secret menu items that aren’t on the giant chalkboard but are definitely available to the daring coffee consumer..."

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