Thursday, September 27, 2007

Getting it right

I usually try to do the right thing. Really.

I never litter, I wait my turn in lines, and I pay my taxes. It just kills me when I try to follow instructions and still get it wrong.

Like lately—at Starbucks.

Okay, I know some folks have political or environmental objections to Starbucks, but face it, they’re on every other corner and (more importantly) they’re in Barnes & Noble.

Anyway, the other day I went to the Starbucks in town and ordered a frothy latte, and what did they say? “Uh, next time just tell us you want an extra wet cappuccino.” To which I replied, thanks, no problem.

I may be an old dog, but I can learn new tricks.

So the other night I went to Barnes & Noble for my Words For The Journey meeting, and before the meeting started, I scurried over to Starbucks for my tall, extra wet cappuccino. You’ll never guess what the barista said to me: “What you really want ma’am, is a frothy latte.”

For the love of all the bahia beans in Brazil—what’s a girl to do?


Jan Parrish said...

"I'll have a frothy latte or an extra wet cappuccino - whatever you chose to call it in this particular store." ;) so when are we going to go out for one. Soon I hope.

BTW - you haven't entered my contest yet. I'm giving away a free hard cover Terri Blackstock book.

Jenny said...

an extra frothy wet cappuccino? Covers all the bases but I wonder what that might look like :-o

Kay said...

If they know what you mean, then why does it matter? I so don't like being corrected about things like that. I'm too insecure.

Chelf said...

Can't win for losing, huh?

I go to a better coffee shop that is not on every corner, and I get a Smooffee (blend a smoothie and coffee)... which is "what a Frappuccino wishes it was". The baristas all know me and the DH, and the owners are our buddies.

I think of "You've Got Mail": Places like Starbucks require people with no decision making skills whatsoever to make 10 decisions to get a simple cup of coffee....
"tall, decaf, cappuccino!"

Colleen Coble said...

This whole thing might be less puzzling to you if you know that the Barnes and Noble cafes aren't really Starbucks. LOL They just use Starbucks coffee.

Every coffee house has its own culture too. I think extra frothy sounds more appealing that extra wet. LOL So call it what you want. YOU'RE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!