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Starbucks Baristas Describe The Worst Drink Orders They’ve Ever Heard

Updated September 13, 2019 4.4k votes 689 voters 34.3k views20 items

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Everyone likes their coffee or tea a certain way, and Starbucks is known for customizing its drinks. But this nod to customers' individual tastes has led to some bizarre Starbucks barista stories about drink orders. Baristas know picky customers are unavoidable: they insist on heating their drink to a burning temperature, or force the staff to remake it several times to their satisfaction. Barista horror stories also include concoctions that would be unpalatable to most.

Starbucks baristas on Reddit, who aren't shy about sharing the secrets they want you to know, are also eager to describe the worst and weirdest drinks they've been asked to create, from a Hibiscus Refresher with 25 Equals, to the mysterious "20/20." You might question these customers' taste buds, or find inspiration for your new favorite drink. 

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    ‘Rainbow Water’ (Water With A Pump Of Each Syrup)

    From Redditor /u/JohnFinnsWife:

    A lady used to come in and get a "rainbow water," AKA a venti water with one pump of every syrup - even peppermint [and] sugar-free hazelnut.

    All of them (not mocha or chai though; she wasn't that shameless).

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    A '20/20'

    From Redditor /u/actuallylegit:

    Grande in a venti cup (ugh), 20 pumps vanilla, 20 pumps hazelnut - or as she says, "20/20," always expecting us to know what that is, like it's an actual thing - whole milk, 190 degrees. Add whip and extra caramel drizzle latte.

    On the same occasion, she gets an iced grande lemonade ... with 22 pumps classic [syrup] and one [pump] raspberry. WTF.

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    Earl Grey Tea Without Water, Plus Milk And Protein Powder

    From Redditor /u/MajorDishes:

    Venti Earl Grey tea, no water, half soy at 140 degrees, half breve at 180 degrees ("don't aerate it, make it scream"), and two scoops of protein powder.

    Doesn't sound [too] bad, but according to her, "it tastes like eggs." Smelled like them, too.

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    Mango Juice With 22 Pumps Of Syrup Added

    From Redditor /u/Blipblipbloop:

    Naked Mango juice blended with a scoop of ice and 22 pumps of classic [syrup]. He originally wanted 22 packets of sugar; we told him it might be gritty and that the classic would be better.

    He took one sip, made a face, and said, "Not sweet enough." Yuck.

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