Huge Secrets The Big Coffee Chains Tried To Hide

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The next time you stop in to pick up a latte
at your favorite coffee shop, there are a few things you might want to know that have
been hidden from you. Here’s a look behind the counter at the secrets
of some popular coffee chains. Sometimes you wake up in the morning, but
you just can’t seem to get over that sleepy brain fog. So you head to the coffee shop and you order
a larger cup than usual, thinking that the extra caffeine is exactly what you need to
perk you up. Unfortunately, it might not work out that
way. According to experts quoted by Market Watch,
you might get more caffeine if you order a larger size of plain black coffee. But when it comes to drinks like cappuccinos,
you get the same amount of actual coffee no matter what size cup you order. For example, Starbucks’ caramel macchiato
contains two shots of espresso whether it’s grande or venti. The extra space in the cup is just filled
with extra foam or milk. “Venti is large.” “Mm, no. Venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large, and grande is Spanish
for large.” The same goes for Peet’s Coffee, where both
the small and medium-sized lattes contain two espresso shots. To avoid this, don’t rely on the menu for
help. The artsy descriptions of the drinks usually
don’t include how many shots of espresso are in each cup, so the only way to know is to
ask the barista directly. According to a 2017 report by Business Insider,
not all coffee is created equal. It turns out that different chains have widely
varying amounts of caffeine in their java. If you typically get your coffee from one
place, but then try a new spot one morning, you may find that their coffee leaves you
dragging, or bouncing off the walls a bit more than usual. This could put a huge cramp in your daily
routine, or it could keep you up all night. To give you an idea of the different levels
of caffeine coffee can have, a McDonald’s McCafe medium-sized coffee has around 145
milligrams of caffeine per serving. Tim Hortons’ medium coffee, meanwhile, has
closer to 205 milligrams. Peet’s has 267 milligrams, and the ubiquitous
Dunkin’ Donuts has a whopping 302 milligrams. Starbucks tops all of these with a teeth-chattering
330 milligrams, but The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has three milligrams more, just barely
edging out everyone’s top competition and making it the most caffeinated coffee on Business
Insider’s list. “Put that coffee down!” Coffee addiction is a hard habit to break,
and it can be a very costly one. It seems to be getting more and more expensive
every day, especially when it comes to specialty or artisan drinks. There’s a reason for this that many people
aren’t aware of. According to Market Watch, some coffee is
actually underpriced just so that chains can overprice other items. Coffee beans are becoming more expensive,
as are add-ins like sugar, milk, and cream. On top of that, even regular black coffee
is becoming more artisan and being crafted by people who have a lot more experience than
other baristas, so they have to be paid more. In order to make up for the rising prices
of supplies and higher wages, the price of a regular black coffee is kept to around $2
to keep customers coming back. But the prices of specialty drinks are being
increased to $5 or more. And since a lot of customers come in looking
for something fancier than just plain coffee, a store is able to make up for lost money
by selling more of the specialty brews. For most people, coffee is best served hot. But for those who enjoy a cold drink to sip
on instead, there are several types of iced coffee available in most stores for these
people to get their caffeine fix. Unfortunately, though, these iced coffees
are a great way to get ripped off. According to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker who posted
on Reddit, the chain’s iced coffee is brewed in water and then extremely watered down. And this kind of thing doesn’t just happen
at Dunkin’. Iced coffee is inherently prone to being watered
down because of its very nature. Ice melts, and this leads to the coffee flavor
getting more diluted as time wears on. You may notice that your iced coffee tastes
more watered down the longer you have it, but sometimes it even comes out of the machine
that way. This is because some chains just let the iced
coffee sit behind the counter for hours. Starbucks employees who posted on Reddit say
that they let it sit for up to four hours at room temperature or eight hours in the
fridge. This means that it’s already degrading when
you get it. This is even more common if you get an iced
coffee during the winter, when it’s not as popular. If you find yourself skipping plain coffee
and ordering lattes or blended coffee drinks at your favorite shop, you’re probably making
a wise decision, but not for the reason you think. Many coffee chains use over-roasted coffee
beans, sometimes called burned coffee beans, because it makes it impossible to taste the
quality of the bean itself. The coffee roasting process turns green coffee
into a flavorful, aromatic cup of joe by cooking the beans at high temperatures. After the roasting process, the coffee falls
into a variety of categories: either light, medium, or dark roast, depending on how long
the beans are roasted. Light roasts retain more flavor from the original
bean, while darker roasts tend to taste burnt. And that’s dark roast coffee’s biggest benefit. If you can’t taste the original bean, you’ve
succeeded at covering up defects in the original coffee. The shop doesn’t have to invest in high-quality
coffee beans, and you’ll still get your caffeine buzz. Dissuading you from ordering a bitter, burnt
cup of coffee isn’t bad for the chains, either. Drip coffee isn’t the greatest money maker
when compared to more expensive menu items, after all. They can’t charge as much, many chains allow
free refills, and it has to be dumped out and rebrewed every couple of hours. Coffee can get pretty lonesome all by itself. Thankfully, most coffee shops have scones,
croissants, muffins, and other delicacies at the counter, just begging you to buy them. But you might actually be better off avoiding
them. According to baristas quoted by Market Watch,
these sweets are hardly ever made in-house, and they’re usually not very well-made at
all. They may not even be fresh, as they could
be sitting under the glass for a while, just getting stale. Furthermore, these cakes and muffins can also
be extremely unhealthy. Some small scones have more than 500 calories,
which could blow a typical person’s daily allowance hours before lunch. This doesn’t even take into account all the
sugar and fat in these sweets. If you add that to whatever sugar and cream
you have going on into your coffee, you could be staring down a pretty bad stomach ache
by lunchtime. Some chains are looking into offering healthier
options, but in the meantime, you might want to skip the muffin and just stick to your
latte. “Can I have a small latte?” “No, no, no! MacGruber would never order that.” We might not want to think about it, but people
who work in the food industry have plenty of opportunities to spit in the food of customers
who are rude to them. Most baristas probably wouldn’t take it that
far, or at least we hope they wouldn’t. But they do have secret ways of getting revenge
on people who aren’t very nice to them. “Don’t f— with people that handle your food.” One common way that baristas carry out their
vengeance can be described with three letters: DTB, which means “decaf that b—-.” In other words, your regular coffee is replaced
with decaf, depriving you of that all-too-necessary morning caffeine buzz. “Can you take half of the regular version
of the coffee and mix it with half of the decaffeinated version, or is that, is that
just too weird a thing?” Another even sneakier way baristas get revenge
involves lining up the drinking hole in the lid of the coffee cup with the seam of the
cup itself before handing it over. This results in the coffee leaking and dribbling
down the faces of customers every time they take a sip. How devious! It doesn’t take a genius to know that we all
need to be doing more to save the environment. Every year, humans produce way too much paper
and plastic waste that could easily be avoided by simply reusing the same cup more than once. To encourage this recycling, many coffee chains
offer discounts on your daily coffee if you bring in a reusable cup, even though they
probably don’t expect many people to take advantage of that incentive. This could add up to a lot of money saved
per year, and coffee addicts should look for discounts everywhere they can get them. Starbucks, for example, offers a deal in which
you can get 10 cents off each cup of coffee if you bring in a reusable cup. Ten cents might not sound like much, but those
dimes can really add up over time. If you get a coffee every day and save 10
cents each time, that adds up to more than $30 per year. That’s not too shabby. Another added bonus of reusable cups and containers
is that they’re typically made of sturdier material than paper. Thus, they keep your coffee hotter for much
longer. So you can sip it slowly, savoring both the
flavor and the fact that you’re on your way to saving a ton of money, and maybe even saving
the planet. It’s no big deal to get a refill on your soft
drink at a fast food restaurant or even some gas stations. But what about at a coffee place? As it turns out, you can get refills at Starbucks
for only 50 cents as long as you’re still in the store. This applies to both iced and hot coffees,
which is a pretty great deal, considering that that first cup isn’t always cheap. And Starbucks isn’t the only chain that offers
this kind of discount. Reddit users who have discussed this topic
can say from experience that many major and minor chains offer discounted refills, or
even free ones. The price for a second helping depends on
several factors, such as the quality of the coffee. In general, the higher the quality, the higher
the cost of a refill. Then, there’s the type of coffee shop. Small, locally owned shops tend to charge
more per refill while more middle-of-the-road shops offer free refills on some coffees. And it also depends on what coffee you originally
ordered. If you get a regular black coffee, you can
probably get a free or low-cost refill, but something like a French roast may cost you
the same as your original order. It’s just a fact that specialty drinks cost
more than regular plain cups of black coffee or espressos. But there’s another fact that coffee chains
would hate for you to find out. If you really want a specific drink but don’t
want to pay full price, you can cheat the system by ordering espresso in a cup and adding
the rest of the ingredients yourself. To make your own latte, for instance, order
two shots of espresso in a regular cup. Then you pour your own milk and sweetener
into the coffee, making a DIY latte that saves you lots of cash. Even if it amounts to just a few dollars,
that can really add up after a while if you make the same drink every day. You can pull off another trick by asking the
barista to pour you a small sized coffee drink in a large cup. This might make you look a bit strange. But thanks to human beings’ primal instincts
that tell them to fill up whatever is in front of them instead of leaving half the cup empty,
you’ll probably end up getting more than the small amount at no extra cost. After you get your small-in-large order, head
to the bar and add your own milk, and voila: you’ve mastered the art of coffee hacks! “This is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee!” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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65 thoughts on “Huge Secrets The Big Coffee Chains Tried To Hide

  1. In Australia, cafes DO tell you how many shots are in each size; it's written bellow the price of the cup size on the example cups on the counter.

  2. Actually, the Starbucks app tells you the exact recipe for any drink. Just open the customize menu and you see exactly what's in your favorite drink.

  3. Some coffees are bad for your health Americans drink gallon a day over seas they drink quarter cup a day they have no health problems

  4. To the DIY latte hacks if do that to baristas you will more likely get decaf, because it's not "just milk" it's the steaming of the milk which you can't do at the contaminants bar not to mention we do think you are an @$$hole!!

  5. I get my coffee at Cumberland farms its 99 cents, i hate starbucks and dunkin etc their coffee prices are extortion . also decaf still has some caffeine in it

  6. The intro to this is a bit descriptive. A venti iced caramel macchiato will have three shots, hence why venti iced drinks at Sbux are more expensive than their hot counterparts. This is because lattes and similar products at various coffee shops follow a rule of eight. For every seven ounces of milk and flavoring, there is a one fluid ounce shot of espresso. So a short is 8oz – 1 shot, a tall is 12oz – still 1 shot. A grande is 16oz – 2 shots, a venti (hot) is 20oz – 2 shots. But a venti iced cup is about 26oz in order to accommodate all the of the ice, so because 8 goes into 26 three times, it gets 3 shots. If there was a 32oz cup, like there is at Biggby Coffee, it would get 4 shots.

  7. thats why I drink pure black coffee with a dash of salt. yes I said salt, some of you probably said "eww salt in coffee?!" hear me out I use salt instead of sugar cause it cuts the bitterness down better than sugar will but I only use a little bit if you can taste the salt you put way to much in

  8. I think Starbucks puts cocaine in their coffee. Their espresso keeps me up for longer in the night than espresso from my own machine

  9. Coffee shops stopped seeing me when I went to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and I got a cup of coffee and social justice advice. Worse, it was advice I could not agree with. Way to go SJW. You lost thousands of dollars for yourself and every other coffee shop.

  10. Starbucks doesn’t offer 50 cent refills, you have to be a Starbucks rewards member which’s gives you free refills and if you don’t theirs no way for us to ring up “50 cent refill”

  11. Make this more international–what about Costa, Pret, Nero (big UK/Europe chains), Cafe Coffee Day (India), Branded coffee used by independents (e.g Lavazza). And other fast food places that do "machine" coffee (BK, Subway using sachets into their expresso machine, etc.)

  12. Coffee beans are not becoming more expensive. They are at the lowest point in human history and farmers are exploited by these chains.

  13. That's nonsense, loads of farmers are burning their crops because they cant even sell it at cost price. If so many people didn't drink as much coffee as they do the coffee industry would collapse.

  14. Let me tell you once again. Starbucks is NOT a fast food restaurant. Starbucks is a coffee chain . Just like Peet’s and other big chain coffee shops

  15. I never liked any of that overpriced foofoo juice. I only buy Korean single packets to put in a bottle of water and thats all the coffee I need.

  16. As a Starbucks barista, we never serve what’s in the pastry case unless it’s a last resource. We have a pastry cart behind the counter

  17. Starbucks coffee sucks seriously just taste water down to me. if you want a coffee that's stronger try Deathwish

  18. These vids are tanking in quality. They make it seem like they’re blowing the lid off some really big news, but very little of what they say is new, let alone ground breaking. Iced coffee is watered down???? It’s coffee over ice! How long did they spend on that?

  19. Corporations hit the gold mine when they discovered that Americans will part with much of their hard earned money to find new ways to feed their addiction. When I was a kid growing up in the 80s coffee was coffee ..and a freaking cup of it costs about 50 cents, to me that’s a fair price.

  20. duh… the bigger the cup the more diluted it is with milk ~ if someone orders a large it means they don’t want a strong taste of espresso. if you want more espresso ask for it. Drip coffee is stronger then espresso anyways

  21. I work for starbucks, a lot of bad info here lol. Coffee is brewed every 10 or 30 minutes. You dont sell pastry case unless last resort, 4hr on milk not a thing. Qasa would cite u and u never know when they show up. Just to name a few

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