Starbucks doesn't understand tea

irishScott

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My conversation:

Barista: How may I help you?
Me: I'd like a grande earl grey please.
Barista: I'm sorry?
Me: An Earl Grey.. tea?
Barista: Oh, right.
*I notice her ringing up a late*
Me: Oh no not the late, just the tea bag.
Barista: Oh, sorry.
*Me walks over to drink pick-up area and waits*
Enter Barista 2 (preparing the drinks behind the counter)
Barista 1 to Barista 2: Can you get that earl grey?
Barista 2 to me: So you don't want the foggy bottom?
Me: No, just a regular earl grey.
Barista 2: You want me to put any ice in it to cool it down? (Weird fucking question...)
Me: No thanks, just regular hot earl grey tea.

To their credit they were good natured about it, and we joked about how it's in their nature to overcomplicate things given the menu but my God.. and what was with the offer of ice? Am I the only one who drinks hot tea anymore?

Anyway, just thought I'd share.
 

norseamd

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not totally surprised although i would think they would more or less have the same service quality on all of their items
 

deadlyapp

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I ordered tea the other day at a coffeeshop and they immediately iced it, and I'm just like what, no.
 

Mir96TA

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Dude.... Tea is meant to be with milk and Sugar and off course HOT. .....
I think nobody except Indian / Pakistani restaurant know how to make it.
 

irishScott

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Dude.... Tea is meant to be with milk and Sugar and off course HOT. .....
I think nobody except Indian / Pakistani restaurant know how to make it.

Milk in my tea: /barf
Sugar in my tea: I'd rather drink soda.

I drink tea (and coffee for that matter) to wake me up and for the health benefits; it should be strong, lean and invigorating to taste. If I wanted dessert or something cushy I'd go home and eat ice cream.
 

gorcorps

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You don't go to Starbucks for tea, no wonder they were confused

This is on you op
 

GagHalfrunt

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They're not all that swift on coffee either. Luckily their customers are among the most pretentious, least informed people on earth, so they get away with it.
 

Mir96TA

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Milk in my tea: /barf
Sugar in my tea: I'd rather drink soda.

I drink tea (and coffee for that matter) to wake me up and for the health benefits; it should be strong, lean and invigorating to taste. If I wanted dessert or something cushy I'd go home and eat ice cream.

I drink Tea for Taste.....
For health benefit I drink Ginger Tea with Honey
 

mmntech

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Tea is such a simple thing but no restaurant I've ever been to knows how to make it.

The problem is the water they use. It comes from those hot water dispensers. They might keep the water at about 80-90c, but it really needs to be boiling. That extra 10 degrees makes a big difference. It may be faster but it makes an inferior cuppa. The worst culprits are sit down reastaurants that hand you a tea bag, cup, and jug of hot water. It's too cool by the time it reaches the table.

By far the worst crime though is coffee shops assuming you want sugar in your tea. Just milk. Don't use cream or sugar. Otherwise you end up with a nasty concoction that's only fit for watering the restaurant's plants.

Starbucks here is okay with tea aside from the temp problem. If you ask for it, they'll give it to you. I've never really thought of Americans as big tea drinkers so I guess it's not ordered as often.
 

BoomerD

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Tea is such a simple thing but no restaurant I've ever been to knows how to make it.

The problem is the water they use. It comes from those hot water dispensers. They might keep the water at about 80-90c, but it really needs to be boiling. That extra 10 degrees makes a big difference. It may be faster but it makes an inferior cuppa. The worst culprits are sit down reastaurants that hand you a tea bag, cup, and jug of hot water. It's too cool by the time it reaches the table.

By far the worst crime though is coffee shops assuming you want sugar in your tea. Just milk. Don't use cream or sugar. Otherwise you end up with a nasty concoction that's only fit for watering the restaurant's plants.

Starbucks here is okay with tea aside from the temp problem. If you ask for it, they'll give it to you. I've never really thought of Americans as big tea drinkers so I guess it's not ordered as often.

http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party

Tea stands for TYRANNY!
 

norseamd

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why do right wing crazy dumbshits found a party named after classical liberal city folk from the age of reason who dressed up as indians when they are a party for rich ignorant dumb white fundamentalist crazy shittards
 

BoomerD

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why do right wing crazy dumbshits found a party named after classical liberal city folk from the age of reason who dressed up as indians when they are a party for rich ignorant dumb white fundamentalist crazy shittards

wait...you mean.......

01-03_Ax_Editorial_cartoon_Reliving_the_Boston_Tea_Party.jpg


:hmm:
 

irishScott

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I drink Tea for Taste.....
For health benefit I drink Ginger Tea with Honey

Fair enough, I suppose I'm just a purist. :p I'm the same way with food too. I don't use salad dressing and don't usually put sauce on my meat.
 

irishScott

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why do right wing crazy dumbshits found a party named after classical liberal city folk from the age of reason who dressed up as indians when they are a party for rich ignorant dumb white fundamentalist crazy shittards

What's really fun is how easy most of their beliefs are to break down.

Tea Party Patriot: "We taking this country back to its glory days!"
Me: "And when was that?"
Teabagger: "Back when the greats like Carnegie and Rockefeller could start their businesses from nothing without worrying about government interference."
Me: "So you support children working in coal mines and getting black lung by their teenage years?"
Teabagger: Well.... no...

It's really hilarious. Rinse and repeat that conversation, break it down to moral choices and they basically want most of the government we currently have. :D