The More You Know: Coffee Shoppers Edition

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In our travels from shop to shop over the last year and a half, we've learned a lot. Some from experience, some from research, some from asking barista friends when we don't understand what a Chemex is. In the spirit of Katy Perry's triumphant ride that brought the 'The More You Know' star back into the public eye (Was that a PSA about shark attacks? Fireworks safety? We're not sure.), we thought we'd share some of our own nuggets of wisdom. Because The More You Know, the less you … anyone know how that sentence is supposed to end?

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Order a "soy, no water Chai" at Starbucks. You won't regret it. 

"Sherpa tea" is a thing. And it requires a butter churn and yak butter.

All Chemexes are pourovers but not all pourovers are Chemexes.

Peppermint essential oil and cacao powder do not a peppermint mocha make.

Starbucks has a "short" size.

Do not order a pourover to go at 2pm on a weekday in Nashville unless you have an extra 30 minutes to spare. 

Tip your barista. They have families (or maybe e-cigarette habits) to support. Especially if it's a Square/iPad situation and they're watching you.

If you're using a napkin as a coaster for your iced drink, put a little salt on the napkin first. This prevents it from sticking to the bottom of your cup.

Put your earbuds in, but don't actually play music. You overhear better stuff that way. 

Local coffee shop souvenir mugs are far more pricey than you'd think. Budget accordingly.

When meeting a blind date at a coffee shop, stay close to the door. That way, you'll recognize each other as the other person awkwardly standing at the door and you can forego having to mention that you had already internet-stalked the other person and therefore recognize them and you think their new Warby Parkers look great!

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Always double-check that your earbuds are securely plugged in before blaring your One Direction playlist. 

What are your tips and tricks and More-You-Knows? 

Posted on February 4, 2015 .