Want to make a barista’s day? Order a flat white.
That’s many baristas’ favourite beverage to make, according to a Reddit thread on the topic.
“Flat whites definitely,” reads a comment by anomalousone. “They make me feel like I have some cool fancy barista skills because there’s so much more of a focus on the milk and shot type and [quality] than in most drinks.”
A number of other Redditors have echoed the vote for flat whites as a top choice, in this and other posts.
Other barista favourites are drinks that are easy to prepare, like an iced chai tea latte, iced tea, or a simple cup of coffee. A few said that they enjoyed the caramel macchiato for reasons similar to the flat white, thanks to the artistry of the caramel criss-cross.
The most hated beverages tend to be those that are complicated to make, but also require little to no skill, like smoothies and frappuccinos. Even more annoying: the secret menu.
“Don’t order something from the ‘secret menu,'” writes justine7179. “We sure as s— don’t know what a Snickerdoodle frappuccino is, as it is not a menu item. Employees would be more than happy to make you a drink if you just explain the recipe rather than the name of it. I’ll make you diabetes in a goddamn cup if you just tell me what you want in there.”
Recently, Starbucks’ new beverage launches have progressed along two parallel paths: the artisan and the over-the-top.
Over-the-top options include endless variations on sugary blended beverages, like the recent limited-edition Cherry Blossom frappuccino. These options — plus variations that customers create and publish online — are probably among those that make baristas’ days a little more difficult, so leave a little extra tip when you order your Smoked Butterscotch Latte.
On the other end of the spectrum are minimalist espresso-based drinks, like the flat white and the latte macchiato. These coffee-snob oriented options connect Starbucks to its roots — and, apparently, give baristas a beverage they love to brew.