Starbucks Drink ID Codes

February 5, 2010 at 1:43 am 103 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

If you’re a Starbucks customer, you’ve probably noticed the column of check boxes down the side of your cup. The boxes are labeled: Decaf, Shots, Syrup, Milk, Custom and Drink.

It’s pretty obvious these boxes are used to record your drink order. Sometimes I look at the writing in these boxes and try to match the secret codes with the options I requested. Most are pretty self explanatory, but some of the codes are not.

In fact, I didn’t even know what the entire “custom” box was for.

Today I found out. You see, I got a special delivery today. It started last week during my regular search for secrets, I had an idea. I wanted to know how easily I could get a Starbucks employee training manual. About ten minutes later I had purchased one from the used book section of Amazon. There was only one copy available.

I got it, and I’m going to share its secrets with you.

Just from flipping through it today, I think I could do a whole year worth of secrets from this book alone. For now, I’m just going to break down what all the drink id codes mean. Even if you don’t care what the codes mean, you’ll probably discover some options you didn’t know you had.

Decaf Box
Code Meaning
X Decaf
1/2 Half Decaf

If it’s empty, then your drink is probably caffeinated (unless it’s naturally decaffeinated like some of the Tea options).

Shots Box
Code Meaning
1 1 Shot
2 2 Shots
etc… etc…

A Starbucks grande coffee has 330mg of caffeine. If you want to spike it, each additional shot of espresso adds 75mg of caffeine. Yes, espresso has less caffeine than coffee beans.

Syrup Box
Code Meaning
A Almond
C Caramel Syrup
CH Chai
CL Classic Syrup
CN Cinnamon
H Hazelnut
I Irish Cream
MO Mocha Syrup
P Peppermint
R Raspberry
SFH Sugar Free Hazelnut
SFV Sugar Free Vanilla
V Vanilla
VA Valencia
WM White Chocolate Mocha Syrup

If it’s empty then you don’t get any shots (or you get the default shot for you drink).

Milk Box
Code Meaning
B Breve (half-and-half)
E Eggnog (seasonal)
% 50% whole, 50% non-fat
N Nonfat
S Soy
O Organic Milk

If it’s empty, you get 2% milk. The only exception is a Frappucino, in which case you get whole milk by default.

Custom Box
Code Meaning
CHIP Add chips
CR Caramel Sauce
D Dry
DB|2xB Double Blended
F Foamy
H Hot
HANDOFF Deliver to customer’s table
K Kid’s Beverage (tiny size, cooler temperature)
LT Light (used before another code)
NW No Water
SL Sweet’n Low
SP Splenda
STRAB Strawberry Fruit Sauce
SR Sugar in the raw
VBEAN Vanilla Bean Powder
W Wet
WC Whipped Cream
X Extra
= Equal
/ Placed over a code to indicate deletion

Empty box means no custom selection.

Drink Box – Hot and Cold Beverages
Code Meaning
A Caffe Americano
AL Cafe au Lait
BC Brewed Coffee
C Cappuccino
CAC Caramel Apple Cider
CB Caramel Brule Latte
CH Tazo Chai Tea Latte
CHEG Tazo Chai Eggnog Tea Latte
CM Caramel Macchiato
E Espresso
ECP Espresso Con Panna
EGTL Earl Grey Tea Latte (aka “London Fog”)
EM Espresso Macchiato
EL Eggnog Latte
GL Gingerbread Latte
HC Hot Chocolate
L Caffe Latte
LM Latte Macchiato
M Caffe Mocha
MIS Caffe Misto
MV Mocha Valencia
PM Peppermint Mocha
PSL Pumpkin Spice Latte
PWM Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha
SCID Steamed Cider
SCR Syrup Creme
SKM Skinny Mocha
SM Steamed Milk
T Tazo Tea
VCR Vanilla Cream
WHC White Hot Chocolate
WM White Chocolate Mocha
CHA Chantico

If this is empty then they probably didn’t bother filling out any of the boxes.

Drink Box – Blended Beverages
Code Meaning
CBF Caramel Brule Frappuccino
CF Coffee
CVF Caffe Vanilla
CRF Caramel
E Espresso
EF Eggnog Frappuccino
GF Gingerbread Frappuccino
JCF Java Chip
MF Mocha
PMF Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
PSF Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
PWMF Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
WMF White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
CHCF Tazo Chai Creme
DCCF Double Chocolate Chip
STCF Strawberries & Creme
SF Syrup Creme
VBF Vanilla Bean

If this is empty then they probably didn’t bother filling out any of the boxes.

Drink Box – Iced Shaken Beverages
Code Meaning
IC Iced Coffee
BT/PT Iced Black Tea / Iced Passion Tea
BTL Iced Black Tea Lemonade
PTL Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

If this is empty then they probably didn’t bother filling out any of the boxes.

If you have any to add, let me know. If you don’t know what some of these terms mean, then you should checkout my other entry, How to Order at Starbucks.

Thanks to all the commenters for updates and additions.

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  • 1. Fezz  |  February 5, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Pumpkin Spice Lattes – PSL
    Pumpkin Spice Frap – ???

    I enjoy the website

    • 2. sycamoregrad  |  June 16, 2010 at 6:15 am

      Pumpkin Spice Creme frappucino would be pscf. PSFBB would be pumpkin spice frappucino blended beverage.

      • 3. dan  |  October 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

        noo.. it’d be PS (CRM)

      • 4. Michael  |  June 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

        We never put BB behind our Frappuccino codes. All of the Frappuccino’s are blended beverages so it’d be kinda redundant. PSF. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. Odds are you can guess all of the drink codes, they’re not super complicated.

      • 5. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 8:46 am

        FYI A pumpkin spice cream Frappuccino would have no coffee in it.

    • 6. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Pumpkin spice frap = PSF

    • 7. Vani  |  September 10, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Can you please tell me what does MORF Drink of Starbucks stands for? what is it’s full form

  • 8. Jessica  |  February 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

    NW = no water (in the chai lattes, they add water…if you want it to taste stronger, ask for no water)

    • 9. Noel  |  August 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

      This is not true. The water actually makes the chai taste Stroger. No water makes it creamier and the chai won’t be as spicy. Something about the water brings the spice out with the chai , so water makes it stronger. .. Try both and you will understand

      • 10. Coffee Ambassador  |  August 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        Nope. Disagree. Water dilutes the chai. NW makes it more concentrated in the soy or milk.

    • 11. Richard  |  May 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      You all have some merit in your answers, however as barista I can tell you that water plays an important role in flavor profiles, especially with Chai Tea Lattes. Yes, skipping the water will give the latte a stronger spice flavor, and adding more water will dilute the latte and pull back on the spice presence. Water helps to dilute the spice amount and do essentially what you would do with full leaf Chai tea and “bloom” it to a degree, unlocking flavonoids in the tea’s ingredients.

      Starbucks, undoubtedly did their due diligence before releasing the Chai Tea Latte way-back-when, by testing variations with tasting panels to see what level of spice would appeal to a majority of consumers. The result is what you get when you order a Chai Tea Latte. There is no mystery here. The company isn’t trying to extend the Chai concentrate and make money off of serving you a watered down beverage (if you want that, order a Frappuccino). It all comes down to what a majority of consumers preferred in initial taste tests and has stood the test of time.

      If you want stronger spice, ask for less water or no water.
      If you want a more diluted and not a spiced flavor, as for more water or all water and no milk. (Better yet, order the full leaf tea).
      If you enjoy the Chai Tea Latte as it was designed, order it as it.
      It is completely up to you.

  • 12. Gillian  |  February 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I think Starbuck’s uses 2% milk by default now

  • 13. Alistair  |  April 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Mostly right but what you have as “Shots Box” will be the number of espresso shots and the Syrup Box will contain codes as you have identified. The new Frapaccino recipes will mean more use of the boxes for the vatious (unlimited) combinations

  • 14. Maya  |  April 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Custom box: “Wet”… Huh??
    Could someone please enlighten me as to what this means? I’m intrigued…

  • 16. Maya  |  April 20, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Nevermind… I got it now :D

  • 17. Kya  |  April 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Aww, they have no code for extra ice or extra thick, which is how I always get my fraps =P Gonna have to see what they write on those in the future!

    • 18. Danielle  |  March 16, 2012 at 8:43 am


  • 19. Starbucks Worker  |  June 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    i work at starbucks and you have just a couple things wrong on your list….
    the first is the shots box just gets numbers (1,2,3, etc.) and they are added on shots if you order more.
    the second is what you do have listed under shots is actually the syrups and should go in the syrup box.
    and last for milk the default for hot and cold beverages is 2%, but for frappucinos is whole milk.

    otherwise great job, this is really helpful!

    • 20. Coffee Ambassador  |  August 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Exactly right!

    • 21. Coffeebean  |  June 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

      i ordered a banana double chocolate frappucino and the code “beef” was filled in under the drink box. Whhat does that stand for?

      • 22. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

        The e’s are c’s. Your barista has bad handwriting.

  • 23. Starbucks Worker  |  June 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    i work at starbucks and you have just a couple things wrong on your list….the first is the shots box just gets numbers (1,2,3, etc.) and they are added on shots if you order more. the second is what you do have listed under shots is actually the syrups and should go in the syrup box. and last for milk the default for hot and cold beverages is 2%, but for frappucinos is whole milk.
    otherwise great job, this is really helpful!

  • 24. Meghan  |  July 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Actually, if milk is blank you get 2% milk by default, not whole milk. UNLESS its a frappucino, in which case its whole milk.

  • 25. Starbucks n00b  |  August 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Just for the record, there is a code for extra ice. Frankly, there’s a code for pretty much anything additionally asked for.

    I believe the code is as simple as XICE or XI. I could be wrong though; I’ve only been working for about 3 days now haha.

  • 26. another starbucks worker  |  September 14, 2010 at 3:36 am

    i found this searching for what the code is across stores as Double Blended? At one starbucks we wrote XX for double blend, another was just 2 blend

    • 27. Danielle  |  March 16, 2012 at 8:44 am


  • 28. SBUX Employee  |  October 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    @another Starbucks Worker…. At my store we use 2xBL in the custom box.

    Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino=PSF
    Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuccino-PSCF

    For no water in Arizona, we use H20 with a slash through it.

    @Kya… For extra ice we add XICE in the custom box.

    Little known tibit.. Most Starbucks stores are different. It honestly changes from city to city with different practices, cup markings, and atmospheres. :)
    Good Job with most of the secrets though!

  • 29. Katelyn  |  December 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    What does it mean if it says “room” on the side of a cup that is an iced coffee?

    • 30. Barista  |  February 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      means room for creme and sugar

  • 31. Another Starbucks Employee  |  December 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Actually, you’re kind of wrong about the espresso having more caffeine. There’s 16oz of coffee in a grande cup and an espresso shot is 1oz. By volume, the espresso has about 54mg more of caffeine. :)

    @Katelyn Some people like room left in their iced coffee so they can add their own half-and-half.

    • 32. Chad Upton  |  January 18, 2011 at 1:08 am

      You’re right that espresso has more caffeine by volume. But, I was comparing by serving because I don’t think many people order more than 2 or 3 ounces of espresso.

  • 33. Starbucks Worker  |  January 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Syrup come in pumps not shots. We use Cinnamon Dolce instead of cinnamon and that is CD. We also have Sugar free Cinnamon Dolce and Sugar Free Caramel. (SFCD and SFC). Double blended at my store was DB. Also, extra ice is XICE. Pumpkin Spice Frappucino is PSF. No water is H20 with a line through it. Alot of those syrups have been discontinued. % is 2 percent milk not half whole and half nonfat. I’m guessing you have a really old book.

  • 34. SBux Intl.  |  August 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

    The codes does seem to differ a little because here in the Bahamas our Cream based drinks are CRM in the drink box. Example a Vanilla Cream Frappuccino would be V in the syrup box and CRM in the drink box.

  • 35. SBux Intl.  |  August 7, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Oh I forgot to use the Streawberries & Cream as my example as I noticed you used STB or something like that to mark the drink when here we use SB in the syrup box and CRM in the drink box. I guess starbucks language while being basically the same, there are some accents and slangs etc based on location. lolol

    • 36. Danielle  |  March 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Stbcf would be strawberry creme frap

      • 37. Michael  |  June 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        STCF, where are you guys learning to mark your drinks? lol, maybe I’m wrong but they should be on beverage cards. and when you ring up them up, the markings are also on the side of the screen but those aren’t always correct

  • 38. JP  |  August 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    “A Starbucks grande coffee has 330mg of caffeine. If you want to spike it, each additional shot of espresso adds 75mg of caffeine. Yes, espresso has less caffeine than coffee beans.”
    NOT the truth…. a Grande cup has 16oz of brewed coffee and 330mg of caffeine, while a shot of espresso has 1oz and 75mg of caffeine. Therefore a grande cup of espresso would have 450mg of caffeine which is considerably more.
    By the way,
    – Espresso can be just a name of the blend and roast, it is a coffee bean and could be brewed in many different ways.
    – Espresso is also the name of the brew process. So, you can virtually use any type of coffee beans to pull a shot of espresso.

    • 39. exstbux  |  April 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      math’s a little off: a grande latte has 2 shots I believe, so that is 150 mg of caffeine vs grande coffee with 330mg. most people tend to sip their coffee because it’s hotter than a latte. lattes get consumed faster and this i think accounts for the perception that lattes have more caffeine. the effect is even more compounded with straight espresso shots.

      • 40. Danny  |  May 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

        No no… I think he means a Grande cup of espresso. 16 ounces (shots) of 75mg-caffeine espresso shots. Math is still off, however — that’s a scary 1200 mg of caffeine. Regardless, just as taking shots of alcohol gets you drunk faster than sipping on beer, so do shots of espresso versus a sipped coffee.

        Danny, Starbucks shift supervisor

  • 41. Jack  |  September 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    In drinks BTL = Black Tea Lemonade

  • 42. Nick  |  October 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Im an employee at starbucks and the codes vary form store to store and staff make their own codes up between eachother

  • 43. Rylan  |  November 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

    PSL = Pumpkin Spice Latte
    PSF = Pumkin Spice Frappuccino
    PSCF = Pumkin Spice Créme Frappuccino
    PSFL = Pumkin Spice Frappuccino Lite

    CBL = Caramel Brulé Latte
    CBF = Caramel Brulé Frappuccino
    CBCF = Caramel Brulé Créme Frappuccino
    CBFL = Caramel Brulé Frappuccino Lite

    GL = Gingerbread Latte
    GF = Gingerbread Frappuccino
    GCF = Gingerbread Créme Frappuccino
    GFL = Gingerbread Frappuccino Lite

    PM = Peppermint Mocha
    PMF = Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
    PMCF = Peppermint Mocha Créme Frappuccino
    PMFL = Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino Lite

    SKM = Skinny Mocha
    SKPM = Skinny Peppermint Mocha
    (skinny means the drink is prepared with nonfat milk, no whipped topping, and is also sugar free)

    PWM = Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha
    PWMF = Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino
    PWMCF = Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Créme Frappuccino
    PWMFL = Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Lite

    EL = Eggnog Latte
    EF = Eggnog Frappuccino
    ECF = Eggnog Créme Frappuccino
    EFL = Eggnog Frappuccino Lite

    CHEG = Chai Eggnog Tea Latte ( My Personal Favourite <3 )

    Hope this helps :P

    • 44. KH SBUX shift supervisor  |  July 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Here’s where you’re greatly confused- It’s not a creme frappuccino (which you seem to want to mark as cf), it’s a syrup frappuccino blended creme. We mark this as SF in the drink box. Also, we use the syrup box to specify which flavor. for instance, a pumpkin spice syrup frappuccino blended creme would have PS in the syrup box, and SF in the drink box. That pretty much works for all blended cremes except DCCF, STCF, VBF, and currently CCCF. In the case of the peppermint white mocha frappuccino blended creme- P/WM in syrup box, and SF in the drink box. Peppermint and white mocha are two different flavors, so we use a “/” in between each code.

  • 45. estee  |  November 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    i just started working at Barnes & Noble in the cafe, we sell starbucks drinks. it’s totally kicking my ass, and i can’t remember or catch on to any of the codes and what drinks get whipped cream. i’m stressing over it. someone help me

    • 46. chrisalexr  |  December 21, 2011 at 5:27 am

      lol estee by now you’ve probably caught on. I’ve been working at a Starbucks in an Albertsons for many months now and at first it was hard remembering the drinks. Basically for most hot drinks (excluding Cafe Americanos) the number or expresso shots stay the same. A tall gets one shot and grande and venti recieve two shots. It’s the same for iced lates, except the venti gets three shots of expresso. Now for syrup (moca, vanilla, carmel, etc.) tall gets 3 pumps, grande 4, venti 6. Fraps are totally different…for the coffee roast, a tall gets 2 pumps, grande 3, and venti 4. Then tall gets 2 pumps of syrup and 2 pumps of base. if cream based, then skip the coffee roast.

      • 47. chrisalexr  |  December 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

        ooops sorry, my mistake. venti hot drink gets 5 pumps of syrup not 6

      • 48. srhs  |  October 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

        ICED venti drinks get 6 pumps. HOT venti drinks get 5. An ice venti cup is 6 ounces bigger than a hot venti cup.

  • 49. chris  |  December 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Lol that book is soooo outdated. We don’t have half those drinks or ingredients anymore

  • 50. eanowakattack  |  January 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I agree the book you have is out dated. At my store we used a lot of our own codes or varying codes. no foam could be “-F” or and F crossed out, or “- foam”, “no foam” or ‘foam’ crossed out. It just depends.
    Ask your Barista, they’ll tell you what the codes are.

  • 51. Danielle  |  March 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I think the book you got from amazon is outdated, by about 6 or 7 years, not all items still available and a lot have changed. All stores do it different but any barista will ” decode” your cup if you want, at least where I work, on the east coast.

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  • 53. zeb  |  October 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    psshhhhhh wish they made is simpler as in “heres what you ordered sir” or Ma’m” I mean really. the most complicated thing i ever EVER ordered was a cranberry mocha, back whn “the coffee house” was actually the coffee house, and not green beans cafe, i mean really?! lol

  • 54. andy  |  October 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    GT= Green Tea
    and cold Trenta gets 7 pumps of syrup I think

  • 55. annie  |  October 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    GTF: Green Tea Frap

  • 56. Athena  |  November 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I actually work at Starbucks and some of this codes are wrong. A Cafe mocha is just “M”. No water is h20 crossed out and so on. Cinnamon is “CD” for cinnamon dolce. There’s many many more. A pumpkin spice frappe. Is “PSF”. Nothing is rocket science. Look up our secret drink menu online!!! Most baristas do not know all the secret drinks by heart but give us the list of what’s in them and we can make them. The secret list has all the syrup ingredients.

  • 57. allison  |  November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Ok, I ordered a Chai Latte 1/2 nonfat, 1/2 soy, no water, no foam
    The label said Tl Tazo Chai Lat
    Lt Soy
    No water
    No foam

    It did not taste right

  • 58. desperate for frappuccino!!!  |  November 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    so can anyone tell me how many shots of vanilla syrup goes into a vanilla frappuccino? and do they use the classic syrup in it as well? Im working on making my own seeing as they are extreamly expensive and I have ordered the coffee and syrups and Im going to try to come up with my own version, I know it wont be as good, but I am going to try and get as close as I can but I am just confused on they syrups. If someone would please help me I would be so greatful and my family would appriceate it as well cuz I am addicted and they are getting pretty expensive :)

    • 59. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Bravo on taking the initiative! First I’m assuming you meant a cafe vanilla frap. They have vanilla syrup, vanilla bean powder, what’s called frap base (used in all fraps to give them a thicker texture which comes in regular and artificial sugar versions), coffee base (concentrate exclusively made for all coffee fraps so the end result isn’t watery. Essentially a strong brew if instant coffee), whip cream (heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup), whole milk, and ice. Pumps of syrup and coffee base (yes, pumps not shots) depends on the size. 2 of each for tall, 4 of each for grande, 6 of each for venti. Scoops of vanilla bean powder (about 1/3 or 1/4 oz each) 1 scoop for tall, 2 scoops for grande, 3 scoops for venti. Pumps of frap base 1 for tall, 2 for grande, 4 for venti. Whole milk (filled to the bottom green line on the cups), ice (measured using color coded scoops), and whip cream.
      As with all recipes proportion is key. Starbucks uses different sized pumps (really!) for each specific ingredient. So experiment, be creative! You’ll probably end up with a concoction you love even more than Starbucks could ever make. Hope that helps. :D

  • 60. Confused Guy  |  December 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    What’s the difference between a mocha frappuccino, a light mocha frappuccino, an iced cafe mocha, and an iced skinny mocha?

  • 61. tori  |  January 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    A mocha frappuccino is like a milkshake. It’s a blended coffee beverage with mocha syrup. A light mocha frappuccino is the same thing in a skinny version, (no whip cream on top, nonfat milk instead of whole, and and “light” coffee base syrup instead of the regular coffee base syrup). The base syrup just holds the frappuccino together and gives it a good consistency.

    And iced cafe mocha is the iced version of the Cafe Mocha. Mocha syrup, shots of espresso, cold milk, and a scoop of ice, with whip cream on top. An iced skinny mocha is the same thing in a skinny version. Sugar-free mocha syrup, shots of espresso, cold nonfat milk, a scoop of ice, and no whip cream.

    “Skinny” versions of espresso beverages (in this case, the iced mocha) always ensue a sugar-free syrup. However, in frappuccinos, a “light” version never ensues a sugar free syrup unless the customer asks for it. A light frappuccino is simply nonfat milk, no whip cream, and the “light” base.

  • 62. tori  |  January 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Essentially, a frappuccino is a blended beverage and an “iced” drink is an on the rocks drink.

  • 63. Shari  |  February 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I feel overwhelmed with all the choices and “lingo” at starbucks. I use the drive thru. I only want the largest black coffee with high caffeine content. No flavors, nothing sweet, no milk….what should I order?

    • 64. Polar  |  April 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

      A “black eye” – Venti Brewed Coffee w/2 shots espresso

  • 65. maddog  |  March 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    What is BCM? I’m guessing brewed coffee and milk maybe?

  • 66. long-ex-starbucks-barista  |  April 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Things have become much more complicated with the massive expansion in variety of drinks.
    20 years ago there were no boxes on the cups, and baristas used “cup code”: how you set the cup down determined what was going to be put in it. I don’t remember much of it any more. It was a lot faster though it did require a good memory in action.
    And I miss hand-pulled shots. They tasted so much richer.

  • 67. freddy  |  July 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    hi there……. i need to know the exact code for the very berry hibiscus refresher……..thank you

    • 68. mojo  |  August 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm


  • 69. Pomee  |  September 2, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I get so Confused about Frappuccino. I don’t know what to put first and whats goes in the Frappuccino . Anyone know the recipe the all of Frappuccino?

    • 70. jeff  |  April 8, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Frappuccino just means that it is blended. for example, I order a Chai Latte Frapachino. It’s the same as a regular Chai Latte, only they stick it in a blender.

  • 71. tyler the barista  |  September 9, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Actually I think Frappuccino’s are quite easy. Amount of pumps/scoops: Tall: 2, Grande: 3, Venti: 4. To start off you need to know whether the drink is a coffee-based drink or not. (For example: A Caramel Frapp would be coffee-based while the Vanilla Bean Frapp would not.)

    1) If the drink is coffee-based, you start by adding either 2, 3, or 4 pumps of Frapp Roast according to the size of the drink. If the drink isn’t coffee-based, you’d skip this step.
    2) Then pour whole milk up to the first (lowest) black line on the cup.
    3) Next you pour the drink into a blending container and add the syrups/powders and what-not (remember, 2, 3, 4 pumps of syrup/scoops of powder according to the drink size).
    4) Now pump in the base syrup that goes with the type of drink (Coffee Base if coffee-based, Creme Base if non coffee-based, and Light Coffee Base if it’s a light Frapp) still using 2, 3, 4 as your number of pumps.
    5) Next add the right amount of ice into the container and blend it.
    6) Now pour it back into the cup and finish it with whipped cream and/or drizzle if necessary.

    Hope this helped. I actually enjoy making Frapps at my store. Haha. Good luck!

    • 72. Diana  |  March 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Great explanation. I’ve been struggling with this. Now I know how with your simple explanation. Right to the point. Thanks.

  • 73. Jordan  |  October 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for this information. I hope you don’t mind that I used it on my site. Credit was given.

  • 74. thefoote  |  December 5, 2013 at 11:25 am

    My wife often orders the Cinnamon Dulce Latte (CDL) Skinny style.

    She will order no foam and when she does for some reasomn they always leave the CDL sprinkles off the top. So she reminds them to put sprinkles and when she does they just put a bunch of random dots “sprinkled” near the drink box.

  • 75. mojito  |  March 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    So what would “IVC” stand for ?

  • 76. TomB  |  July 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Yeah, they screwed mine up.. I asked for a SFCD = Sugar Free Cinnamon Latte, but told them with regular milk… NOT SKIM.
    All the y wrote was SFCD in the syrup box, and CDL… which means skinny Latte… which is precisely what I did not want.. Milk fat is fine, sugar is what I don’t want. Cool.. now I can bring it back and get a free one.

    • 77. TylerL  |  July 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Actually, SFCD in the syrup box written with the drink “CDL” does mean what you precisely wanted. It means that they make a regular cinnamon dolce latte with sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup. None of those codes tell to make it with skim milk.

  • 78. bob  |  October 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

    add mocha cookie crumble

  • 79. shelly  |  April 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Whats crmfr?

  • 80. Jake  |  July 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    You missed the id for peach green tea lemonade which is GTL

    • 81. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

      With a code for the preach syrup.

  • 82. Simone  |  December 31, 2015 at 6:12 am

    My coffee today said “COW” in the ‘Drink’ box. It’s a filter/regular coffee. What does that mean? I’ve noticed sometimes they put “PP” which I assume is Pike Place, but COW?!?


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