I’m a Starbucks employee – the 9 drinks we won’t make for you, no matter how much you charge

THERE IS a firm belief that the customer is always right, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case with everything.

Several Starbucks employees have revealed to Spoon University the drinks they won’t make no matter how badly a customer wants one.

Apparently there are Starbucks orders that are taboo


Apparently there are Starbucks orders that are taboo
One of those drinks is reportedly a secret concoction that used to only be served at a Starbucks location


One of those drinks is reportedly a secret concoction that used to only be served at a Starbucks locationPhoto credit: instagram/tosirius313


Hot coffee travelers are lifesavers in work meetings, in study groups and in any other scenario involving many people who enjoy drinking coffee.

According to the Starbucks website, one traveler holds 96 fluid ounces of coffee — but that’s all it holds.

According to Spoon University author Elizabeth Vana, fans of hot chocolate are unlucky because the material the travelers are made of doesn’t react well with the milk in hot chocolate.

So if you want a nice cup of hot chocolate, you better order one separately.

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A one-of-a-kind Starbucks reportedly got into a spooky season in California, creating an It-inspired Frappucino in 2017 when the first It movie remake was released.

According to Vana, the specialty drink consisted of “vanilla beans with strawberry puree and a vanilla bean scone mixed in.”

The It Frappuccino didn’t appear to be a brand-wide promotion, and that may be because it broke one of Starbucks’ rules: Employees aren’t allowed to mix food into drinks.

Vana added, “One barista told me they can technically mix pastries out of their box, but it could mess up their equipment and most shops will refuse.”


While this may be obvious to some, not everyone is aware that Starbucks can’t add anything to their drinks that doesn’t come from their store as it’s a violation of health regulations.

So if you want to add your favorite cookie to your coffee shake, the safest thing to do is try to make the brew at home.


According to Food.com, cafecito is a popular Cuban coffee that involves brewing coffee grounds and sugar together.

Apparently, brewing sugar is dangerous for Starbucks equipment and also slows down baristas, so asking for this specialty coffee will most likely turn you away.

Vana added that Starbucks baristas are allowed to steam nutmeg, cinnamon, and matcha if you want something special in your drink.


Asking for extra hot drinks is a complete no-go at Starbucks.

“Starbucks machines automatically heat their water to the boil, and there is no way for baristas to make the water hotter than it already is,” Vana wrote.

“Also, consumer protection laws regulated the water temperature, so even if they could adjust it, you probably couldn’t get it any hotter.”

It’s no secret that Starbucks has some secret items that people can order, but sometimes the still drinks are unknown even to Starbucks employees.

In fact, an unnamed barista reportedly told Vana that they were once asked to make a “Captain Crunch Frappuccino” and had no idea what it was.

Therefore, it is best to know the exact recipe in order to pass it on to the workers in order to get the desired drink.

As Vana said, Starbucks baristas memorize the company-approved advertised menu, but they don’t need to know any secret items.


Vana claimed that Starbucks macchiatos are “basically lattes with whipped cream and flavors.”

And according to RoastyCoffee.com, macchiatos are an Italian-derived beverage meant to be an espresso, “slightly softened or muted by a splash of milk.”

So macchiatos with all the extra add-ins are not real macchiatos.

To get one from Starbucks, Vana said, you have to specifically ask for an “espresso macchiato.”

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According to Starbucks, a cappuccino consists of “dark, rich espresso” beneath “a smoothed and stretched layer of thick milk froth.”

Therefore, there is no cappuccino without foam.

This will be the norm in every coffee shop – not just Starbucks.

If you want to order a mix of espresso and frothed milk with no foam, ask for a latte instead.


According to Vana, some Starbucks locations sell 30-ounce cups of beverage, called Trenta.

However, there are rules as to what you are allowed to get in the large drink containers.

For example, you can add an espresso to a coffee at Trenta, but you can’t order an espresso-based brew like a latte.

It seems that the main drinks you can ask for in the 30-ounce mugs are coffee, iced coffee, or iced tea.

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Then you can add some extra flavors – or espresso – as needed.

If you’re craving coffee now, a former Starbucks employee has shared her trick to getting more bang for your buck at the pub.

Starbucks policies prevent workers from making certain beverages


Starbucks policies prevent workers from making certain beveragesPhoto credit: Reuters

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