I used to work as a barista and honestly I was probably the worst one ever, because I personally didn’t drink coffee.
It wasn’t a religious thing or a health thing, I just never loved the taste of the stuff. So when people would ask me for recommendations, I had absolutely nothing, and I probably didn’t prep things just right either.
Of course, that was when orders were normal. It’s a whole other ballgame when you get into the weird stuff.
Here are some custom drinks the people or Reddit might (or might not) recommend.
1. The Caramel Regret
I once had a customer ask for a extra caramel Frappuccino and to make him “regret asking for so much caramel”
I put in 15 pumps each of the regular caramel sauce and dark caramel sauce as well as covering the entire inside of the cup in drizzle
He left the store and then came back in a few minutes later to tell me that was the best drink he’s ever had
2. The Drinking Chocolate
I don’t know if anyone remembers, but for a hot minute Starbucks had a thing called Chantico, which was marketed as a “drinking chocolate”. It was basically a cup of melted chocolate, the consistency of thinned brownie batter, meant to be drunk in 4 oz cups exclusively.
A woman came in and ordered a Grande.
She miraculously survived and came back the next day and ordered a Venti.
I still don’t know how she choked it down.
3. The 12 Shot
I had a guy hand me his own mug and I sh*t you not – ordered a vanilla late with 12 shots of espresso.
Actually I clearly remember him saying 17 shots but everyone else was like “oh he usually just gets 10!” So I say 12 now to be on the safe side,
His drink was like $21 and mostly just espresso with a little milk and syrup. He also told me he’d been trying to cut down on caffeine lately
4. The Cold Hot
Not gross but just funny that always makes me laugh.
One time someone ordered a cold hot chocolate. Halfway through me making it i realized i was just making chocolate milk.
So i added some vanilla syrup and whip cream and he was very happy with it lol.
5. A Mini-Splenda’d Thing
Coffee with 23.5 Splenda. Not 23, not 24 – 23.5 Splenda exactly.
6. Mayo Mehaim
I once made a woman a small latte. All fine. She proceeded to take her latte and pour 3 sachets of mayonnaise in it, and then drank it all
7. The Boiler
When I was a barista, several middle aged men who were regulars would insist on hot coffee. They would loudly and frequently proclaim the coffee they order, in general, is never hot enough. I guess they wanted to emphasize their pain threshold to me, an 18 year old girl who just wanted to go home and watch tv.
It’s difficult to make very hot coffee without burning the milk. But often they’d order black coffee and I’d literally give them boiling water and they’d say it wasn’t hot enough. If I made it hotter, it would convert the liquid state to a gaseous form and evaporate. Then they’d talk about their Lexus or something for awhile. I never saw them drink it, so I guess they’d leave, wait for it to cool down, and then drink it. Weirdest courting ritual I’ve ever experienced.
8. The Sugar Rush
In the 7 years I’ve been in the fast coffee industry, I’ll always come back to one drink.
A nonfat (lol) caramel Frappuccino with an entire 16oz bottle of caramel drizzle in it, plus 10 pumps of peppermint syrup. Topped with whip and…you guessed it; more caramel.
Oh, and she wanted two large sized ones. Every day. 6am sharp.
9. The Fruit Bouquet
A mocha frappuccino with coke, sprite, and strawberry syrup added.
When informed we were out of strawberry, they settled for grape as a substitute.
10. Pants on Head
Former Dunkin barista. I had a few people order iced coffees with so much liquid sugar that the cup was 3/4 full before adding the coffee.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as “weird” rather than just pants on head stupid- but I once had a vapid college girl order an iced latte “but like, with no coffee”. I explained what that would be, and she said that was okay.
We had no way to charge for that other than just charging her for the full latte, so the girl happily paid $4 for a 16oz cup of milk and ice.
11. The Sugar Bomb
They called it a sugar bomb, a vanilla bean Frappuccino with 10 scoops of vanilla bean powder (usually 4 in a venti) 10 pumps of vanilla syrup, 2 extra pumps of frapp base syrup, made with heavy whip, finished with whipped cream and strawberry purée on bottom and top.
Made us all gag.
12. Literally Every Ingredient
I once had someone use a free drink to get every ingredient added to a frappe.
Literally every ingredient.
All our syrup, milk combinations, inclusions, and bases.
This was for her very old and obese mother.
After a minute she came back with it as expected only her complaint was she wanted another pump of caramel.
This drink must have been a few thousand calories.
13. The Shaker
When I was in college, I worked at a company that had an fancy coffee machine that made espressos.
I hadn’t had espresso before so I tried one. It was great.
So I filled my entire 16 oz coffee mug with expressos and drank the whole thing in like 15 minutes.
I was fine for about a half hour until I started shaking and sweating uncontrollably. Good times.
14. Frankenstein Frappuccino Hack
A grande java chip frappuccino with 4 scoops of matcha was my weird one.
It turned out to be a Frankenstein frappuccino hack but still, really weird.
15. The Mover
I’ve personally ordered an extra large, 3 cream, 5 sugar & 10 espresso…
I have NEVER loaded a moving truck that fast in my life
Man, I’m getting jittery just reading those.
What’s the weirdest order you’ve ever encountered?
Tell us in the comments.