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    I, like alot of people, like drinking milk based coffee with a double restricted shot and therefore make it this way at home. The few times Ive plucked up the courage to ask for this at cafes, the response from the person taking my order is as if I was speaking another language.

    I understand that the majority of cafes who dont know much about coffee wont know what Im talking about, but this has happened to me at a place thats spoken of on this site.

    So, if you work in the field - what does the person taking your orders expect to hear from a customer wanting a milk based coffee with a double restricted shot in it?

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    Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

    Whichever milk based coffee you want, made with a double ristretto instead of an espresso?
    e.g, a latte with a double ristretto instead of an espresso shot

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    • #3
      Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

      I would try asking what they use as a base for their standard drinks, if you get an educated response then go hard with the "could I have a doppio ristretto base" if you get a shrug or something else as useful then sigh and either move on or order and try your luck.

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      • #4
        Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

        Speak loudly too... I tend to eavesdrop on coming orders so I can start getting into position to make it and many a time Ive just told the chick on the register "its alright, I know what they mean". Just cause the cashier doesnt know doesnt mean you wont get a nice coffee, so maybe take a chance, but try to be heard by the person who (hopefully) would know what a doppio ristretto is.

        I know a lot of places its the old woman who owns and runs the place that stands at the till, but the person behind the coffee machine might be quite hip to the modern variety of coffees. Generally speaking that it.

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        • #5
          Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

          Also if you can catch the baristas attention you can always confirm your order with them to ensure its correct. I do the same as Mel and try to eavesdrop on orders, but sometimes I miss it or the person on the register doesnt pass on specific instructions for an order. Theres no harm in it if you go about it the right way.

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          • #6
            Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

            Thanks for your suggestions!

            melicious, thats a good point you make about speaking loud. I only ask at establishments where I know the barista would know how to make it. And if they do the chances are high that theyre the type of place that are run off their feet so Id prefer not to disturb the barista (A Bravington, its good to know that you wouldnt mind though!). But getting the message to the barista has been the challenge and perhaps speaking up a bit might just do it.

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            • #7
              Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

              If thats the case, definitely speak up! I know I prefer to make someone the coffee they want once, than have it returned and have to make it all over again - or worse still, have it left behind half-drunk and know some one is wandering about out there thinking I cant make a decent cuppa.

              Even with both hands full and a hurricane of activity going on around me, my ears are always open and I appreciate the heads up on a tricky order.

              So where about are you? Lets try and find ya a good local!

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              • #8
                Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

                Im in Melbourne, eastern suburbs. I have my favourite haunts but none near where I live so I have to travel to get a decent cup.

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                • #9
                  Re: A question for the barista....no, wait, the person taking my order

                  I did the loud speaking at Maggie Beers place. While the server looked a little puzzled by "doppio ristretto" the barista piped up with--"I can do that."--and she did.

                  Greg

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