Thursday, November 19, 2015

Funny Starbucks in Beijing Moment

Today I finally got my new Baidu delivery app working. In my area, they deliver what looks to be a bunch of different things including groceries, but what I was interested in was the Starbucks delivery when I don't feel like or can't leave my house with the kids. 

For reference they  deliver Starbucks, McDonald's, an Indian place at Central Park called Shalimar, Baskin Robins and about twenty million cake places out in the ShunYi area.

I ordered a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato with decaf coffee. Decaffeinated isn't a word here at least that I was able to find so I had to tell them I didn't want caffeine, in Chinese.

Ordered, the phone rings, my ayi talks and asks if I want no caffeine or a little bit. I say no.

One hour later the following arrives.

This would be a no caffeine "coffee," otherwise known in the English world as milk with ice with some caramel on the top. OMG I about peed my pants I laughed so hard. Even my ayi knew how stupid a coffee with no coffee was but the guy couldn't get the idea. She went round and round on the phone explaining that a no caffeine coffee wasn't with no coffee. Long story short, I ended up getting my coffee with "a little bit of caffeine." I'm not really sure what I got but it did taste good and it wasn't white!


  1. Lol. Caffeine is Kar Fei Yin. Thankfully your Ah Yi was around to help.

    1. Believe me this was not a Chinese issue this was a delivery driver who doesn't understand coffee issue...LOL I even had it written in characters that I didn't want caffeine, I guess it was all too much for him. :)

    2. Ooh. Hahahhaa!! Why didn't he just give it to the Starbucks Barista! They would have known their stuff easily!

    3. Oh. And so did he replace it?