This former barista had a latte to learn.
A Starbucks worker named Cyd (who uses they/them/theirs pronouns) has made a shocking confession in a video going viral on TikTok.
They had committed the cardinal sin of coffee lovers: mistaking decaffeinated coffee for a regular brew.
“When I worked at Starbucks and accidentally made every drink decaf instead of blonde roast for 3 months because I got the buttons confused,” they wrote over the clip. Behind the text, Cyd mouthed the lyrics to “Mariners Apartment Complex,” by singer Lana Del Rey: “They mistook my kindness for weakness I f—ked up, I know that, but Jesus”
“Yeah I wasn’t the best barista,” Cyd captioned the five-second clip, which caught the attention of more than 42,500 coffee critics — several of whom couldn’t fathom being on the receiving end of such a beverage blunder.
“Oh my god you would have ruined my whole day,” one commenter declared. “Decaf is literally so bad i would’ve cried,” another griped.
Meanwhile, cafe connoisseurs seemed confounded by Cyd’s spaciness. “Bestie how? It says it on the screen when you pull a shot…unless you had the old machines??” one asked.
Some were less subtle: “HOW THE BEANS R QUITE LITERALLY BLONDE AND DECAF IS MATTE LIKE ?!”
In Cyd’s defense, a compassionate crew of Starbucks “partners” entered the conversation, revealing their own laughable mistakes.
“Me when I thought a cafe vanilla frappe was made with vanilla syrup and not vanilla bean,” one shrugged.
“For about 8 months I thought the caramel crunch got regular caramel and that only the Java chip frap got chips,” an expert confessed.
“I’ve been a partner for 3 years and only learned a year ago that venti honey citrus mints only get 2 pumps and not 5,” another bemoaned.
Cyd has since claimed online that they are no longer employed at Starbucks. The Post has reached out to the restaurant for comment.
Recently, another Starbucks worker admitted to waging wrongdoing over the coffee shop chain’s new tipping system which immediately asks customers about a tip when they pay with a credit card. A video shared on TikTok appears to show the drive-through employee hitting the “no tip” button before presenting the customer’s final receipt.
The barista’s performance implied that she was embarrassed to ask for a tip in a fast food setting.
Starbucks fans, too, are fuming over the new tipping prompt. “I’m a cheap ass and I didn’t tip,” one coffee lover told The Post, adding “it was super awkward.”