Monday, November 12, 2007

A Short for the Shorty

What's smaller than a tall? A short. This according to the barrista at Starbucks tonight. I told the barrista I wanted the kid-size hot chocolate. The barrista barked back, "short." I missed the contextual clues, and it took me a blank-faced moment to ponder this information. Yeah, I was wearing flats versus the usual four-inch tall heels, but why was he calling me short? Oh... blink, blink... he means that the kid-size is called "short" in Starbuckese. Chad was standing at the counter with me. He was tickled by the exchange and said, "a short for the shorties. A short for my shorty." Chad was referring to kids as shorties and then to me as his shorty. He's cute that way.

For some reason, Starbucks is trying to keep it a secret that there is a smaller option than the tall size for their beverages. The "short" is not a posted option on the menu, but they have that smaller cup ready to go if you order it. I don't mean to sound all dainty, because I'm not, but at 8:00 PM, I don't need a big coffee drink or a big hot chocolate. I just need a little taste with a mini-jolt of caffeine. Just enough buzz to keep me up until 2:00 AM; not 5:00 AM.

In case you're wondering, I usually order a tall size beverage during daylight hours. I start snipping at people if I get a grande. Seriously, stay outta my way! The only time I order a venti size is when I'm getting iced tea. I could put away three venti iced teas before I get caffeine-cranky. Mmmm... now I want iced tea.


Jensational said...

I have heard about this short. When I do go to Starbucks I usually get a tall in hot drinks and a grande in iced drinks. But up until a year ago I'd just say small medium and large and they'd figure it out.

Anonymous said...

On their menu, Starbucks lists a child-sized milk or juice. Half the time that I order this for Aidan I get a blank, confused stare and have to point to it on the menu. Very odd. Perhaps I need to throw in some jargon about shorties.


Melissa said...

I disagree, Starbucks is not trying to keep smaller sizes from you. I have been working for Starbucks for about a year now, and I can happily say that there are many happy customers that come into my store and order a short vanilla latte or a short white chocolate mocha.

The idea of starbucks hiding things from customers is insane. The company has been built up to what it is now, not from advertising, but customers and there word of mouth. So why would we hide something from the people that made Starbucks what it is today?