Kids I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for Starbucks. I usually get excited as we approach the holidays and I go crazy for the pumpkin flavor caffe latte. That said it seems I’ve been selling myself short. Selling myself short cause there is a whole world out there of goodies I could be trying if only I knew about them, which in essence is the conundrum of the Starbucks secret recipe- for not even most baristas even know some of the secret recipes. Unless of course you explain it to them…
As your eyes roll down the list (below) you can see there are some amazing treats in store for the avid Starbucks connousier . There is of course one caveat about enjoying a Starbucks creation, not being aloud to light up a cigarette and really let the caffeine hit take you for a nice langurous rise…and of course all those wonderful calories you’re so desperate to avoid.
But of course like every yummy in the world there is a downside or to be precise the real world view of what’s actually going down.
Reader’s comment via buzzfeed: Okay, so! I too, am a former barista of 3 years. The issue with this “secret menu” is that people like to order this stuff when the store is busy. If someone comes in around 11am or noon when the work rush is over, but before kids get out of school…then hell yea! I loved making those crazy concoctions. However, when you have the crazy lady who orders a venti caramel macchiato, upside down, extra hot, whole milk, and only 2 lines of caramel on top, then the kids hot chocolate, the guy who wants 6 shots of espresso, and then YOU WANT SOME CRAZY CAPTAIN CRUNCH CRAP I”VE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF? Yeeeea. Not to mention, unless you are a manager or a shift leader, baristas make roughly! minimum wage and only get about 25 hours a week. AND the tips are split every week between all the employees based on hours. After 6 months, they get an evaluation where they get a raise…it’s usually around 15 – 25 cents extra an hour= 8/hr= roughly $800/month vs 8.20/hr= $820/month….oh man! Rollin in the dough after that evaluation! AND! The worst part of it all! Is that everyone has been brainwashed to think that baristas get treated so well. Oh wait…they do get a free pound of coffee each week, discounts on merchandise, and if you have a closing shift you can take home some of the old pastries. I did enjoy that part. Also, for like a quarter to half of your paycheck you can get pretty decent health insurance.=) SO! How about that secret menu huh?