The Signs You’re About to Get a Bad Cup of Coffee, From an Ex-Starbucks Barista

Starbucks has been criticized for its coffee quality, with former barista Dylan Clair revealing several signs that customers can be warned of when they are about to be served a subpar cup of Joe. Clair revealed these red flags in an interview with Business Insider, offering advice to help coffee lovers now forking out upwards of $8 for a brew.

Some of the tell-tale signs include an overwhelmed, distracted, or visibly panicked barista, frantic baristas, employees being “out of place,” and not using the right language. Some baristas can typically figure out what a customer means, especially those who have worked there for a long time. However, if they look confused or ask questions to clarify what you want, they may be a rookie who is no pro behind the coffee machine.

When ordering a drink with dairy milk, beware of loud steam wands. Clair warns that if you walk into a coffee shop and hear a loud scream coming from the espresso machine, you know immediately not to order anything using foamed or steamed milk. Starbucks tends to make steaming milk for lattes and cappuccinos easier for baristas than other coffee shops thanks to the automated machines and built-in thermometers, but technology isn’t always perfect.

The screaming steam machine does occur when nondairy milk is used, but it also an indicator that the barista making the coffee didn’t aerate the milk enough before putting the steam wand into the pitcher of milk. If it’s not aerated enough, it can scorch the milk, which doesn’t exactly make a tasty latte or cappuccino. The “right” sound for dairy milk should be “like tearing paper for one to eight seconds (depending on the drink), and then a gentle bubbling until the steam turns off.”

Clair explained that the “right” sound for dairy milk should be “like tearing paper for one to eight seconds (depending on the drink) and then a gentle bubbling until the steam turns off.”

In summary, Starbucks has been criticized for its coffee quality, with some customers being warned of potential issues such as overwhelmed, distracted, frantic baristas, and not using the right language. To avoid these issues, customers should be aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions when ordering coffee.

Starbucks’ brewed coffee is known for its poor quality, with many locations stopping brewing multiple types of coffee before noon due to traffic before 10 a.m. The medium Pike Place roast is brewed all day, while blonde, dark, decaf, and specialty roasts are only brewed as needed in the afternoon. Drip coffee is supposed to be dumped and refreshed every 30 minutes, but as a former barista, Clair can share that this is not always the case. If you want a cup of brewed coffee in the afternoon, Clair advises asking the barista to have an individual pour-over made to ensure a fresh cup.

For mobile-ordering cold foam or shaken espresso, Clair advises against getting a drink with these types of drinks. Timing is also important for cold foam and shaken espressos, and ordering too early can result in the foam melting or seeping into the drink, losing texture and volume. Shaken espressos add air and flavor, so letting it sit out means the espresso loses all of its shaken pizzaz.

Being kind to your barista rather than grumpy can go a long way, as they will put extra thought into drinks for kind customers, especially regulars or those who politely ask for help. You can always ask the barista to remake your drink if you don’t like it, as it is Starbucks’ policy, but don’t be rude when doing so.

Starbucks has confirmed their policy to Business Insider, stating that since their earliest days, they have been the leader in coffee quality and the coffeehouse experience. They take great care in ensuring each customer’s beverage is expertly crafted to their liking.

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