Starbucks Around the World: ORD Oasis

I know what you’re thinking… haven’t you visited this Starbucks before, Lauren?  No, not really.  It’s just that it’s an exact replica of the Belvidere Oasis.  This one is off (or rather, on top of) Highway 294 near the airport, and I visited on my way to Aurora to see Olivia Newton-John in concert.

Yes. That Olivia Newton-John.

Anyway, though thankful for the caffeine jolt, this was a rather odd Starbucks experience, hence my somewhat lack-luster smile.  I asked for one of my favorites: a short Americano with the shot on top.  I was told that they don’t make short anything, while the cashier had her hands on a bunch of short cups.

“Uh, ok, how about a short coffee?”

No, they only have tall.

“Um, ok, what about a single espresso?”

This they understood.  Apparently, there is no price listed for a short Americano.  I asked why they had short cups, and she said, “Oh, that’s for the kiddy cocoa.”

That’s cool, but here’s the thing: you could have easily charged me for the one shot of espresso, and added a bunch of hot water to it in one of those short cups.  If she were to ever visit another store, she might realize that Americanos are priced simply on the espresso shots.

The water is free.

Anyway, I’m sure this nice lady doesn’t make a habit of traversing the world for Starbucks-es as I do, and to be honest, I didn’t have that revelation about the water until I was back in the car drinking a cold shot of espresso doused in half and half.

I will say, also, that the espresso shot itself was very, very nice.

Starbucks Around the World: Chicago, IL

Alright, so I know I already have a photo in Chicago (still hanging out over on travelpod, and two if you count my boarded up old store at 670 N. Michigan).  Plus, it’s not really “around the world” for me since I live in Chicago, and it’s in the airport…..

…But this is terminal 3 at the airport.

The Starbucks experience was just fine – I had an iced coffee and a yogurt parfait, but I might add that this may be the only terminal I fly out of from now on because I’m totally gaga over Virgin America as my new airline of choice.  If you want to hear more about that, read my post about it.