We love coffee, and seriously, who doesn't. It's an extremely versatile pick-me-up perfect for adding cream, flavored syrup, whipped cream, or sugar. Or you can drink it black. With coffee, the options are ever changing and endless. If you're really creative you can almost turn it into a caffeinated milkshake. Oh, wait, that's a Frappuccino. Yes, Starbucks was thinking ahead of the curve when they invented those wonderful, icy blended coffee beverages.
However, there are many folks who insist that there is still room for improvement and are testing out their bombastic culinary creations at Starbucks all over the country. One employee decided to preserve these experiments for posterity.
Terence Wiggins, the mastermind behind The Black Nerd, spent months as a Starbucks barista making drinks for some over-creative customers. While most of the beverages coming through the ordering system were not worth more than a mere glance, once in awhile, a gem appeared on the screen that made him pause and consider the logic behind the concoction.
"Why," you may find yourself wondering in a moment, "is 20 pumps of any syrup an acceptable quantity?"
The answer is, it's not. However, that doesn't stop people from continuing to order coffee with their flavored syrups.
Half bottles of syrup in your drink is bad, but things can get worse with folks inventing drinks to go in their drink.
How about a tall coffee with 12 sugars and extra cream? There's no way this person actually likes the taste of coffee. Try tea next time!
And how about those who are so anti-sugar that they cancel the syrup, and instead ask for so much Splenda.
Seriously, what is an "almond drink?" Doesn't the fact that it says "drink" in the title technically designate it as its own beverage? Is it even a good idea to mix and match that many flavors?
And the fateful, "Ask me" direction. I think one might have to, with mocha syrup, bananas, and strawberries inside.
It Makes You Wonder
At what point does it become appropriate for a barista to suggest that perhaps a flavor combination may not be an ideal choice? Won't the drink just taste like a bottle of syrup with whipped cream on top?
And if nothing else, how much does a frappuccino with 16 pumps of syrup cost.
The questions remain, but it appears that many Starbucks fans are not asking them of themselves. Therefore, baristas everywhere are sure to continue seeing more and more inventive beverages coming through the coffee line.