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Finding Your Perfect Starbucks Drink

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By Nay-Quan Bryan | nbryan3@radford.edu 

It’s nerve-racking, standing in line with at least a dozen other people behind you.

Do I want tea? Do I want hot chocolate? Do I want my coffee iced or hot? Do I want a macchiato or a Frappuccino? What exactly is a macchiato and how well does it taste?

What are the sizes because I don’t see small, medium, large, or extra-large?

Starbucks is the home of sizes that no one understands unless he or she’s a regular. Luckily, the Starbucks on Radford University’s campus has a chalkboard post that explains the sizes: tall (small), grande (medium), venti (large), and trenta (extra-large).

Stepping into a Starbucks can be like stepping into a world of confusion, albeit a tasty, caffeinated world of confusion.

However, what is Starbucks all about?

Drinks!

I asked different students their go-to beverages and I was surprised by the flavorful choices. So here’s what the perfect Starbucks drink is, according to some of the University’s students:

Freshman, Khyler Jackson said she likes an iced caramel macchiato.

Carlos Miranda said he gets horchata and almond milk because the sweet cinnamon taste reminds of his time back in Mexico.

If you’re not a coffee lover, then you would appreciate a venti white chocolate peppermint mocha frappe; this is freshman Eli Ayers’ go-to drink. Another chocolate lover, Lily Salerno treats herself with a double chocolate chip frappe.

Ariel Kern, a design management major, likes to keep it nice and simple with a tasty and trendy white chocolate frappe.

Paige McNally likes something I want to try, an iced coconut milk mocha macchiato. If you’re mainly into coconut, this would be your drink.

I sat with Tatiyana Nikolaev, a freshman at Radford University. She skips over coffee and goes straight for a sweetened passion fruit iced tea with lemonade. A summer drink, it’s the perfect drink for her warm, laid-back attitude.

However, have you ever walked into Starbucks and bought a drink that touched your soul? A drink so amazing, no matter the calories, just a sip would make every stress; every worry would wash away.

Well I have, this drink is more than just a drink, it’s a friend, a tasty friend, that cheers me up and is gone in less than 10 minutes.

My perfect drink is an ultra caramel frappe with extra whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and mocha drizzle. It’s pure heaven. This drink is probably full of calories and definitely full of sugar, but I could never resist the temptation of it.

Finding the perfect Starbucks drink is a matter of what you like. I like sweet and sugary, and my drink is just that.

Think about what kind of flavors you prefer, Starbucks has several drinks that could become your go-to.

It’s okay to be confused when you’re new to Starbucks. The baristas are friendly, and they’re here to help you. Ask them questions, try new things, and soon you too will have your perfect drink.

Photo Credit: (Shiza Manzoor | The Tartan)

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