|Starbucks Coffee (based in Seattle, WA)|
|Peet's Coffee & Tea (based in Berkeley, CA)|
Lastly, this last tip probably affects me the most. When I go to Starbucks, my "go to" drink is usually a cappuccino (equal parts espresso shot, milk, froth), but this applies to those people who like cappuccinos and/or lattes (espresso shot with more milk and less froth). When ordering a cappuccino or latte, don't bother ordering a large (or venti at Starbucks). When you order a large latte/cappuccino, all you get is extra steamed milk to fill in the extra volume for your larger cup. Unless you order a double espresso shot in your large (venti) latte/cappuccino, stick to the medium (or grande) size so that you don't get a diluted latte. You'll end up paying extra not for more coffee, but for more milk rather. And remember at Starbucks that the sizes from small to large is short, tall, grande, and venti. If you're like me, I tend to forget. Or you could do what a lot of people do: make your own cup of coffee at home. Nowadays, people have those single serve coffee machines made by Nespresso or Keurig.