It's not a secret in the social media universe that I spend a lot of time at coffeehouses. When I am on the road, I try to find local places but usually it ends up being Starbucks. Meh. Starbucks is pretty consistent, except for the Starbucks in Miami where not one barista could figure out what 140F meant. I have to give the baristas at Starbucks a dang temperature because otherwise my latte comes out way too hot to touch even with the sleeve on and it tastes like poop. Not that I have ever had a cup of poo...
Also, part of the reason I ask for a lower milk temp is because they are often forced to pour me fresh milk to steam instead of resteaming the big pitcher of milk they used for the customers before me. I thought Starbucks was requiring them use fresh milk every order, but of course what happens between corporate HQ and what happens at the local level is something else.
At home in Fort Collins, however, we have more indie coffeehouses than in any town I have ever lived. That said, I am usually at one of three in Old Town: Bean Cycle, Cranknstein and Starry Night. I don't ever have to give them a temperature because they know how to do it right. That is the difference between going to a chain like Starbucks and going to a local place with baristas who care and also don't use a frankenmachine to make your drinks.
Time to find my way home from my second coffeehouse today. Yes, it's true.