Starbucks Drink ID Codes

February 5, 2010 at 1:43 am 102 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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Source: Starbucks Employee Training Manual

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102 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AiselAlcedo  |  February 9, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Reblogged this on Aisel Alcedo and commented:
    discovering the cod just made my day ❤️

  • 2. Jen  |  March 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    PGTL = Peach Green Tea Lemonade

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  • 5. Leilani  |  August 12, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I do not know who you are, but I luv ya! Most of their training tools are not in ABC order. It really adds a level of confusion for no reason. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

  • 6. Desiree Paahana  |  September 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Syrup section’s description is actually part 2 if the shot section. No syrup section description given.

  • 7. Nova  |  January 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    What about W on the milk frame ?i don’t understand.

  • 9. Nicole  |  March 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Why is there no id codes for fruit inclusions as far as excluding them on drink

  • 10. GiveMeGorgeous  |  March 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I need to rant – I’m not sure why Baristas at SBUX have all started calling cream breve! They mark cups with a B if you want cream in your coffee or iced coffee. Breve in itself DOES NOT mean cream. Its like calling latte – milk!!! Breve is a specific drink with espresso and cream, but the word itself does not mean cream. This is the worst bastardization I’ve seen at Starbucks and they just don’t get how incorrect it is. (btw – I still do drink Starbucks but the company should go back to trying to emulate the Italian coffee experience, not make things up as they go)

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  • 15. Koffee  |  September 10, 2019 at 12:16 am

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

  • 16. smith  |  November 12, 2019 at 9:22 am

    my coffee today said “CPL”. does anyone know what that means??

  • 17. Sunny Smith  |  August 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Iced Quad Espresso
    In A Grande Cup
    2 Pumps Sf Vanilla Van Sc Cld Fm Cinnamon Pwdr

    • 18. Sunny Smith  |  August 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      What is this order?

  • 19. Toni  |  November 5, 2021 at 9:13 am

    HC heavy cream


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