What’s your go-to coffee order?

It's no secret that coffee is the drug of choice of the corporate kingdom. Getting the group's coffee orders is almost a rite of passage for bright eyed and bushy tailed banker interns and "coffee chats" are perhaps the most common form of networking for all professionals alike. With all this in mind, what's your go to coffee order? What can you tell about a professional by the type of coffee they drink? I'd imagine it would be odd to order a caramel Frappuccino at 9AM in the morning- but hey that may float somebody's boat. I wonder if coffee orders are different depending on location? New Yorkers strike me as the standard "Black with 2 sugars" type while LA bankers give me the "Vanilla Latte with almond milk" vibe if that makes sense. Eager to see how everyone likes their coffee.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 24, 2020 - 8:11pm

When I'm in the office: black cold brew (helps fill my dark soul)
When I'm out: iced Carmel latte. Absolutely love the taste

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Aug 24, 2020 - 8:58pm

Pumpkin Spice Latte. at Starbucks, while studying in Italy, there is no Starbucks there, Italians have a fantastic choice of coffee of whatsoever. No Starbucks in Italy, It's Lavazzo coffee or specifically hand-pressed. 

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"
Aug 31, 2020 - 12:58am

Italy is heaven for espresso and cappucino lovers with fresh beans --- niceeeee

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Aug 25, 2020 - 3:37pm

One of these always: flat white, cappuccino, light roast coffee (black or with a little skim milk).

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 25, 2020 - 3:38pm

I know all of the kids today are so enamored with coffee this and coffee that...Black coffee and Blonde coffee and such...but for me? There is nothing as refreshing as a nice cup of...ginseng tea ;)

  • Associate 2 in Consulting
Aug 25, 2020 - 4:47pm

Cappuccino in the morning.

Lunch onwards = espresso. Only children drink milk past 12pm.

Americanos are disgusting and you all should be ashamed.

Aug 30, 2020 - 8:56pm

AndyLouis

the other day had a cold brew mixed with sparkling water and lemon zest. was pretty good

topo chico + cold brew = starbux nitro

try it at home

heister:

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Aug 31, 2020 - 12:57am

you can have creamer if its under 50 cal for IF

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Aug 29, 2020 - 4:44am

Oat milk is far closer to cow's milk than any other plant milk. So if you want something similar to a real latte/cappuccino/cortado then go for oat milk. Almond milk might taste better but is a worse substitute due to consistency.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Aug 26, 2020 - 2:00pm

Nah cold coffee, either iced or cold brew is the best irrespective of season. I moved to New England for college and am fully behind "the iced coffee at all times of the year" thing

Aug 26, 2020 - 5:51pm

Oatmeal milk chaser. If not, I'll take the black w. 1 scoop of brown sugar preferably, if not, white sugar will do.

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 27, 2020 - 1:44am

Cold-brew usually, but living with indian roommates during quarantine has gotten me hooked on chai, shit's good as fuck.

Aug 27, 2020 - 5:03pm

I don't really care about coffee, only the caffeine, and I am not picky at all. As a result, I order something different almost every time I go to Starbucks just to mix things up. I've tried cold brews, coffees, iced coffees, cappucinos, Frappucinos, etc. of every variety. Sometimes I get milk, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, whatever. I don't care, I just want to try different stuff.

My favorite drink thus far has to be the nitro cold brew, or the cold foam cold brew.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Aug 29, 2020 - 5:22am

Gotta say this as you're an intern:

  • If someone is getting coffee for you (could be an admin or even a benevolent analyst/associate, generally keep it to a simple order (ie don't ask for a million different ingredients or variable temperatures between ingredients)
  • If you want to stay relatively healthy, drink coffee black or at least without sugar. I personally love the flavor of black coffee but this will prevent the extra cals which add up as you're sitting stationary for 18+ hours a day
  • I know coffee is a utility but get quality coffee every now and then (or in my case always). Places like Blue Bottle / Irving Farm / even gregory's are better than deli/sbux coffee and you'll be much happier having got something which tastes great
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  • Intern in PropTrad
Aug 29, 2020 - 7:53am

 Americano with a shot of steamed milk. 

 Also chewing coffee beans for non-liquid caffeine.   it is addictive once you get used to it.  Roasted coffee beans are esp yummy & packed full of antioxidants. Can focus & concentrate for 5 hours no toilet break. 

Aug 30, 2020 - 8:19pm

quad latte

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 31, 2020 - 12:56am

Sometimes I go for 16 shots of espresso throughout the day - 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups at night at times. 4 shot cups. Also, 325mg of Nitraflex in my preworkout and 100mg Clif Gel shots every 20-30min. Its a lot of caffeine. Take care of your adrenal gland and caffeine is your friend. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 30, 2020 - 8:55pm

i almost never ever go to a coffee shop, but if i do order at one, i'll get a large americano or a cold brew.

at home, i'll put 2-3 double shots over ice in a tall glass. sometimes a splash of goat milk

also make it with the tuskish coffee pot sometimes and mix with collagen

sometimes a french press

thats pretty much all i use anymore. all the fancy shit got old. i keep wanting to quit caffeine but caffeinated workouts are one of my peak states so woe is me

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
  • 1
Aug 31, 2020 - 3:29am

Nespresso (esp. the limited edition Colombia at the moment) at home. 

Cold Brews/ Nitro in summer, Cappuccino in winter from coffee shops

Array
Sep 2, 2020 - 2:29pm

aaltyu

Nespresso (esp. the limited edition Colombia at the moment) at home. 

Cold Brews/ Nitro in summer, Cappuccino in winter from coffee shops

Nespresso is such a ripoff. You're close to a buck per shot. My superauto crapped out (and may just need a simple repair) at $0.10 per shot for the machine plus maybe another $0.10 for beans.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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  • NA in IB-M&A
Sep 2, 2020 - 2:57pm

It's £0.36-0.41 for each Nespresso, and I get a further 10% discount by subscribing to it monthly, making it ~£0.35 a coffee.

I drink maybe 3 a day -- I can live with £1 a day on coffee expenses (during WFH).... and the quality difference justifies any saving IMO

Aug 31, 2020 - 4:21am

not coffee, but a VP i got close with over my internship last summer got me hooked on caffeine pills - skipped coffee altogether and justified it by saying it saved me a few extra dollars a day. A few weeks later my MD personally walks up to me and asks if I am okay after seeing me pop pill after pill day in and day out

Sep 2, 2020 - 10:29pm

Caffeine pills were in the gift shop at my undergrad - everyone was on NoDoz. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 31, 2020 - 4:57pm

I like my coffee to reflect my soul: Black and Bitter.

Normally my go-to is an espresso. Unfortunately my superauto is on the fritz right now, and I haven't been able to find instructions to fix it online, and it's really not a good time to go and take it to be serviced. (If anyone knows a good espresso forum I'd appreciate it)  Because of this I've been drinking home-made cold brew for the last month, since I don't have anything to do drip at home.

At work, I'll normally just do a black unsweetened coffee, hot or iced depending on the weather.  We have artisan nitro cold-brew in the office, but I dislike the lack of acidity in it.  At home using different beans and steep time fixes that.  Both the work machines and the Starbucks in the lobby make poor espressos, so I almost never have them at work.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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  • Consultant in Consulting
Aug 31, 2020 - 10:58pm

I don't drink coffee - could never stand the taste and the smell of more concentrated ones gives me a headache. Maybe I'll understand the hype someday though.

Sep 2, 2020 - 2:23pm

Winter - Starbucks: mocha with hazelnut/ standard coffee, milk, hazelnut

Summer - Starbucks: iced coffee, light ice, milk, hazelnut

Sep 2, 2020 - 6:00pm

Lots of iced coffees, yikes.... hasn't everyone had cold brew or nitro brew?

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