John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Four Out of Five Baristas Agree

In case you haven't heard, Starbucks has discontinued their Creme de Mente and Irish Cream flavor syrups.

I don't mind telling you, I feel betrayed.

Those were my two faves, and considered by most to be "classic" flavors; now they have Peppermint and Toffee Nut instead. To the average joe, this is probably no big deal ... but as I worked so hard to cultivate my latté lore, I know the difference, and it sucks. It's on par with running an ice cream store that doesn't carry chocolate or vanilla.

Peppermint is too sharp a flavor, you see ... it clashes with the espresso. Creme de Menthe is a smooth and light flavor that dances with the mocha.

Toffee nut, I have not actually tried, but my guess is that it's probably way too sweet. It's designed to cater to those people who get extra caramel and extra whip cream and then pour sugar in on top of it -- urk. :P Just thinking about it turns my stomach. -.-

The interesting thing is, I've spoken to various baristas around town, and all but one of them agree with me that this is a bad idea. The last one, a trainee, would only comment that she "likes the peppermint too."

But as they say, that and $4.50 will buy you a cup of coffee.

Le sigh.

-The Gneech
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