Like many people, I am a coffee drinker. While I enjoy the hot beverage, I usually have only one cup per day. However, I drink more than my share of Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper. In fact, I usually by the soft drinks at CostCo, so you get the idea, right?
Starbucks coffee is far from cheap. If you’re not careful, you’ll easily spend more on a coffee than you do for lunch. In my case, I usually buy the Grande Pike, which runs about $2.00. I get it a bit cheaper because I bring my Contigo mug with me.
To make my purchases easier at Starbucks, I carry a loyalty card in my wallet, but I now use the latest in technology with the iPhone app. It’s cool that I can walk up to most Starbucks and pay with my phone. When you think about it, this is pretty cool technology.
Free Coffee #1
On a Monday recently, I decided to use the drive-thru at a Starbucks that I frequent. I was taking a Project Management Institute (PMI) exam at 9 a.m., so I decided to get an early start and review my notes.
I was the first customer at 5:30 a.m.:
BARISTA: Sir, we don’t open until 5:30 a.m.
ME: What time do you have, sir?
BARISTA: Weird! It’s 5:30 a.m. I can go ahead and take your order.
ME: Great! I would like a Grande Pike, and I have my own mug.
BARISTA: Okay. See you at the window.
ME: Here’s my mug, and I’m going to pay using my app.
BARISTA: Here’s your coffee, and don’t worry about paying. I know you’re a regular customer, so all is good.
Wow! I think a major reason I received free coffee was because he hadn’t logged into the register. Regardless, free Starbucks coffee on Monday morning is always good!
Free Coffee #2
On Tuesday, I decide to stop at the same Starbucks coffee shop. I’m feeling better today because I passed the PMI exam, which means I can enjoy my Grande Pike even more. This time I make my way to the walk-up window to place my order.
ME: I would like my usual … the Grande Pike in my mug.
BARISTA #2: Sure. It’ll be right out.
ME: Thank you.
[When the order arrives, I provide my iPhone for scanning.]
BARISTA #2: Don’t worry about payment. I know you’re a loyal customer.
Two days in a row! Not bad!
Free Coffee #3
On Wednesday, I’m going to try my luck one more time. This time, the attendant is Kelly, and I know her pretty well. She and I usually make light conversation when I buy my coffee. We sometimes talk about the weather, traffic, and anything else that comes to mind.
She said: “The coffee is on me today. Have a great day!”
In three days, three different Starbuck baristas allowed me to have free coffee. My luck ended on Saturday when I went to a Starbucks on the other side of town. “Sir, that’s $1.81.” Ouch!
It was good while it lasted!