The Starbucks Babyccino

Starbucks stores across London offer a free drink that I have yet to come across here in the US: the Babyccino.

If you’re with a baby, or even if you just say you are, the barista will froth up some milk in an espresso-sized cup for you. Then, you can sit down and drink your own coffee without feeling too guilty that you have dragged your son/daughter into a coffee shop that holds no interest for them.

Minutes of fun await at the counter with the sugars and other toppings. Capping the Babyccino with alarming amounts of chocolate powder and cinnamon make the warm foamy milk even more enticing to the toddler set.

When we moved to the US, I got blank stares when I ordered Babyccinos in Starbucks. After I explained what it was, the crews were happy to make it — but less obliging when I told them that in London, it was free (frothed milk comes at a price here).

We even occasionally ordered more than one Babyccino on our London Starbucks visits, since they were, as I mentioned, free. So it’s possible, because of our abuse of the free frothed milk and powdered chocolate policies in the past, that they will start charging for the little warm milks in London Starbucks stores in the future.

It’s also possible that our London neighborhood baristas weren’t heartbroken to hear we were moving to the US.

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10 Responses to “The Starbucks Babyccino”


  1. 1 Ro August 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    They’re still free in Starbucks in London, but Costa charges for them.

  2. 3 Donna February 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    They have them all over Britain not just London, and yeah still free. I managed to get one at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as well, but they charged (I had to explain what they were too) although I find places that charge do tend to give you a larger cup, I got a massive mug at Krispy Kreme and even costa use a mug, so starbucks is great for toddlers but if you have older children your better off paying and getting them somewhere else

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