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November 1, 2012

Coffee cups at Starbucks

It can be confusing to order coffee at a coffee shop. Customers have hundreds of drink choices. And, many people feel nervous because they don’t know the special language of the baristas (coffee servers). Starbucks is a very popular coffee shop. Learn how to order coffee at Starbucks, and you can order coffee anywhere.

Start with the cup size. The sizes are short (8oz), tall (12oz), grande (16oz), and venti (20oz). Next choose a special espresso drink. Espresso drinks are lattes and cappuccinos (espresso and milk) and mochas (espresso, milk, and chocolate).

Espresso drinks are delicious (yummy), but practice how to place the order.

1.  Size

2.  Options: number of shots of espresso (single, double, triple), milk (nonfat or soy), decaf (no caffeine), and flavor (vanilla, for example)

3.  Type of Drink

It’s the holiday season, so try an espresso holiday drink. The flavors are pumpkin spice, gingerbread, eggnog and peppermint. You can say, “A tall, triple pumpkin spice latte, please. Or, “A venti soy peppermint mocha, please.”

Coffee shops are meeting places. Baristas will help you order, and you can hear and practice English. Enjoy your yummy drink!

Developed by Suyeon Choi, Chunyan Zhang, Natalia Iaryna, Tukta – Atcharathip Kamharn, Sun Kim


Published November 2012

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  1. Nami Ju says:

    This article gave me clear and detailed information of ordering coffee. It’s easier for me to understand more than before. I always got confused and hesitated when I ordered a coffee, but now I’ll be able to order a coffee what I want with confidence.

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