NEW YORK - AUGUST 5:  A Starbucks Coffee barrista readies a beverage for a customer in the new 42nd Street store August 5, 2003 in New York City. The Seattle-based coffee company has emerged as the largest food chain in the Manhattan borough of New York with 150 outlets.  (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
The Starbucks Food Ordering Trick That Baristas Appreciate
By Kelly Douglas
If you tend to order both food and drinks at Starbucks, the way you order each matters, and timing is everything for your baristas. While this might sound needlessly complicated, this food ordering trick is pretty simple — and it's sure to bring a little bit of relief to your exhausted barista's day.
It’s best to order your food before your drinks at Starbucks since the food generally takes longer to make than their drinks. This rule of thumb applies to ordering from the drive-thru and in person and will help you get your order more quickly and make your barista smile.
Starbucks employees also recommend ordering your drinks in this order: state if it’s iced, then whether or not it's decaf, then size, then type of drink, any syrups or kinds of milk, and any extra changes. In addition, if you want to order off the “secret menu,” you should come prepared with a list of your drink's ingredients rather than expecting baristas to know it by heart.