Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. 450 million cups of coffee are consumed in the United States alone each day. If coffee is so popular, why do I feel so overwhelmed ordering my drink at Starbucks? The truth is fancy titles and names do not derive from the origin of coffee; you are getting your coffee shots mixed in a little something extra that makes the coffee unique. We’re here to engage in the discourse surrounding specialty coffee drinks and break the stigma surrounding the anxiety of the Starbucks line.

Size Matters

I cannot emphasize this point enough, at Starbucks size matters. When discussing size, we are not talking about the size of the drink in comparison to the price. We’re talking about the labels. Yes, you heard me small, medium, and large. We can officially omit small, medium, and large out of our vocabulary and switch to tall, grande, venti, and trenda. These names are used as marketing tactics of manipulation to feel like you’re getting more when, in reality, you are ordering less. The size chart goes tall (12 ounces), grande (16 ounces), venti (24 ounces), and trenda (31 ounces).


Download the App

Once you download the Starbucks app, you will never go back. For people who consistently lose or misplace their wallet, this is the app for you. Once you download the app and create an account, you can register your card to pay in stores by merely clicking scan, and the barista will scan your card. Every time you spend using your phone, you accumulate points in their reward system where you win specific items such as coffee, mugs, or breakfast sandwiches depending on the number of points accrued. Apart from all these benefits, we are saving the planet by wasting less paper on printing receipts! 


Types of Espresso 

Every espresso contains two components: shots and liquid. Syrups, milk, or any other specialties may be added to create a unique coffee. Here’s a list of the most common and tasty caffeinated beverages you can get at any coffee shop!



It contains shots of coffee and steamed milk of your choice. This coffee can be prepared iced or hot. Typically, people add sweeteners such as vanilla to give it an extra taste.

Internationally known, the cappuccino is famous for its thick layer of milky foam with espresso shots underneath. The cappuccino flavor is an excellent equilibrium between enjoying and not being overpowered by the expresso. 
Flat White 

The flat white originated across the ocean in Australia. Starbucks specifically makes it with ristretto, also known as “short shot” (60ml) of more concentrated espresso coffee. It is made with the same amount of coffee but extracted with a finer grind using half the amount of water. The coffee result could be described as a small latte with a stronger coffee taste and light foam milk. 


A macchiato is composed of, in order, steamed milk, espresso shots, and milk foam. The macchiato drink is a handcrafted drink tasting rich and bold. 


If you’re not into anything fancy, we recommend the Americano. The Americano has roughly around two shots of espresso and hot water. The great thing about Americanos is you can drink it as is, or you can add sweeteners or milk options. 


The mocha could be described similar to a latte with one twist: chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce mixed with steamed milk and espresso shots gives the coffee a hot chocolate taste with a kick of caffeine that everyone needs. This drink can be prepared hot, on the rocks, or blended. 

You’ve Got Options! 

While the items listed above are just examples of Oregon Farm Brokers’ favorite coffee styles, we did want to discuss your options at Starbucks. 


Skim, 1%, 2%, Soy, Almond, Breve, Heavy Cream, Non-Fat, Whole Milk, and Coconut Milk 

Syrups: Carmel, Cinnamon Doce, Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce, Classic, Hazelnut, Peppermint, Pineapple Ginger, Raspberry, Toffee Nut, Vanilla, and Sugar-Free Vanilla 
Sauces: Carmel, Mocha, Skinny Mocha, Smoked Butterscotch, and White Chocolate Mocha
Cascara, Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles, Smokey Butterscotch Sugar, and Whipped Cream
Drizzle: Caramel and Mocha
Powders: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Vanilla
Cold Foam: Cold foam, Salted Honey Cold Foam, Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam


Hot, Iced or Blended 

Dry and Wet

Referring to foam, the terms dry and wet are often used, most commonly with Cappuccinos. Ordering a wet beverage is more creamy because it has more steamed milk. Dry coffee has less liquid and more frothed milk. 

At Oregon Farm Brokers, we love coffee, but we understand that the Starbucks line can be intimidating. We hope you found this article helpful by breaking down the steps on how to order and what’s on the menu. If you end up going to Starbucks or make your coffee at home tag us @OregonFarmBrokers 

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