so, besides the obvious cultural and historical differences between north and south (pick a state, any state), i've come across a drink ordering difference as well. in my part of town, when a customer asks for something "blended" it usually means they frequent coffee bean and what they are ordering (or trying to order) is a frappuccino. sometimes their cafe of choice is some independent shop that offers "frozen cappuccinos" or "blended macchiatos".
whatever their supplier of caffeine may be, the word "blended" usually translates to "i want that frozen, crushed ice, milkshake type frappa-crappa".
so, today i was thrown for a loop when a middle-aged (ok, i'm being nice here) lady came in this morning and asked for a grande blended latte.
"do you mean a coffee frappuccino?" i asked - well used to asking this of thirteen year-olds.
"no, i want a grande blended latte," she repeated.
"we can't blend the lattes. they're hot drinks and we only blend frappuccinos." i informed her.
"i know it's a hot drink." she was getting testy. "that's what i'm ordering. a blended latte!"
"well, what do you want us to blend in your hot latte?" bratty factor in full effect.
"just give me a grande blended latte! i come to starbucks every morning and order one. how can you not know what a blended latte is?"
well, turns out she wanted a grande percent latte. at least that's what a drink made with half whole milk and half nonfat milk is called in my part of town. up north, where this lady is from, they don't use the word "percent". they say "blended", which in my opinion makes no friggen' sense, but whatever. vocabulary sorted and problem solved.
oh, and just as a side note: guess what symbol they use in the milk box for their blended lattes? yup. a percent sign.
barista rant: i understand you using spare change to buy a cup of coffee. but using all the change you could find in your car/house/piggy bank to purchase your coffee, muffin, paper and sergio mendes cd is not cool. ever heard of coinstar? did you realize it took you nearly five minutes to count out all your pennies and dimes? and what is it about saving the damn quarters for yourself? if you insist in using coinage, you could at least be considerate enough to give us the quarters!