Starbucks customer shares how to get a ‘free’ drink with the app

One woman claims even the Starbucks barista was impressed with her latest Starbucks hack. TikTok users became obsessed with her recommendation as the original video surged to over 6 million views as of Sunday.

User Lyell (@lyellgirl) reveals her secret as she guides viewers through the various steps of the mobile ordering app. She shows how she selects “Hot Coffees” and then adds “Cafe Misto”, a drink with frothed milk, to her order.

She then chooses the milk of her choice, whatever syrup she likes, and adds 2 shots of espresso.

At this point, the drink is almost $8 with all the custom additions. Upon checking out, however, Lyell opts to use her 50-star version of Starbucks Rewards points and ends up getting her drink for free.

She says the hack works because the drink still counts as a “Hot Coffee,” which costs 50 stars, instead of a more expensive drink. A latte she essentially made with the ingredients costs 150 stars.

@lyellgirl Just don’t let the companies find out 🤫 #coffee #starbucks #starbuckshack #freecoffee #viral ♬ Eraser – LYELL

In the past, some Starbucks employees have protested against “hacks.” Some claim it causes disruptions in workflows, infuriates managers and creates rude customers.

But many users in the comments, including some posing as Starbucks employees, praised Lyell’s savings strategy.

“Being a Starbucks barista is LOVELY so very smart keep it up,” wrote @333neyy.

“As a broke nursing student who has clinics at 6:30am, this hack has been my lifesaver this winter,” commented @brds333.

The Daily Dot contacted @lyellgirl via Instagram message.


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*Initial publication: November 20, 2022 at 5:04 pm CST

Dan Latu

Dan Latu is a freelance journalist writing about the internet and culture. His work has previously appeared in The Real Deal and The Columbia News Service.

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