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Posted on November 15, 2016

9 types of people you’ll meet at Starbucks

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I have a newfound love for Starbucks. And it is not because I have an uncontrollable urge to sip their overpriced coffee every morning. Nor is it because I derive pleasure from taking advantage of free WiFi in a cozy enviornment – okay, maybe the free WiFi plays a bigger part than I’d like to admit. But even with that aside, there is just something about the homely feeling of Starbucks that makes it a breeding ground for my creativity.

I’ve had some of my most productive days in Starbucks. I carry my laptop over my shoulder. Whip it out  of my bottomless bag. Connect to the WiFi… all while sipping on a Teavana tea and devouring a ‘skinny’ blueberry muffin – yes, I’m one of those knob heads who orders tea at a coffee house, problem? I didn’t think so 🙂

With all the time I’ve spent in Starbucks collectively, I’ve noticed thousands of people rush in and out of the door to get their much needed caffeine fix. My extensive research to date a.k.a my people watching skills and my attention to detail has led me to compile a list of the types of people you’ll likely come across at Starbucks.

Tell me I’m not the only one who is seeing a pattern here?


1. The foreign exchange crew

They spend hours trying to decipher the menu while holding up the queue behind them. When they finally come to a decision it is usually something as basic as a tall iced cappuccino *eye roll emoji* can we start a petition for picture menus at Starbucks please?

2. The coffee snob

The venti nonfat chai latte with soy milk no foam but an extra shot and cream.This person knows exactly what they want and how to get it. Their complicated order makes you question whether or not you’ve been doing it wrong all this time.

3. The first timer

And then there’s the Starbucks virgin who stares at the menu like it’s in a foreign language. When asked what size preference, the words tall, grande and venti turn him into a deer at headlights. Awh, bless!


4. The self proclaimed blogger

Attending to the virtual world before the real world is deemed to be more important in the mind of the self proclaimed blogger.This person never lives in the moment. Why? because one does not simply go to Starbucks without documenting it.If you don’t take a picture of your Starbucks, it never happened, period.

5. The getaway hunters

If it’s not their obnoxious kids they need a break from, it’s their overworked husbands. Either way, this group of mothers seem to be under the impression that staying well caffeinated in Starbucks is equal to a weekend away – if it works for you, who am I to judge!

6. The Tinder match

Another awkward first. These two make it blatently obvious that they’re on a first date. Both ordering a basic coffee with no foam to avoid dealing with a milk moustache. Fidgeting and carefully choosing topics of discussion….ugh! Since when did dating  become so hard?


7. The freeloader

The freelancer who sits with their laptop and work for hours and hours on end. You see them sitting in the same spot, doing the same thing every single time you go in. You start to wonder if they should even start paying rent at this stage.

8. The suited business man

He barely makes eye contact when he makes his order. His inner Kanye leads him to believe that the barista knows exactly what he wants when he says ‘the usual,’ but when asked to be more specific, he huffs and puffs.

9. The college kids

The ones who make you reminisce on the days when a coffee vending machine sufficed for that morning coffee fix. You wonder how they can all afford spending a fiver on coffee nearly everyday. They all have superstars and gazelles on, dead giveaway? Or maybe they live with their parents!

Do you recognise any of these Starbucks stereotypes? If so tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂

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Posted on November 25, 2014

Healthy Chai Latte (Vegan & Sugar-free)


healthy chai latte

Since I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit, I thought I’d be the perfect time for me to share a warming recipe that might get you to jump into the bandwagon as well – sorry, to all the Grinches out there!

This Chai latte is comforting, festive and you can even experiment with your favourite spices. Although it doesn’t have much nutritional value, your body won’t hate you for having one or two – especially since most Chai’s are saturated with sugar, dairy and calories.

So if you’re a Chai lover or a Chai-virgin, then do give this recipe a try! It doesn’t take very long to make, it’s pretty tasty and apparently Chai lattes are meant to be an aphrodisiac (do as you please with this information) J

Here’s what you need to get started:


  1. Put the water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Add in the grated ginger, along with all the spices and stir while heating up.
  3. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for about 15 minutes or until the liquid takes on the flavour of the spices.
  5. Return the saucepan to the head and boil.
  6. Add the tea bags, stir and then remove from the heat.
  7. Allow to brew for about 6 minutes (or longer, if you want the tea flavour to be strong).
  8. Use a sieve to strain the tea into a separate saucepan and then discard the tea bags and any spice residue.
  9. Mix in the honey and almond milk and then return to a medium heat.
  10. Serve after 5 – 6 minutes.

Notes: If you have a milk frother, froth the milk before putting adding it in. Let the tea cool down before putting into an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for up to 6 days.

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