Here's how you can start skipping the line at Starbucks
If you’re a Starbucks junkie, you’ve probably noticed that there are certain times when you go to buy your delicious coffee fix, and the line is absolutely crazy. Okay, when it comes to Starbucks, this is most of the time, but hey — everyone needs their caffeine, right? Long lines for pricey coffee may be a first world problem, but it can be annoying at best — and it can make you late for work or school at worst.
Starbucks has heard your pleas… or angry sighs, at least. The company has actually come up with a way you can skip the super-long coffee, just as long as you have your smartphone handy. Last December, Starbucks launched the Mobile Order & Pay app in Portland. The app actually allows you to order and pay for your delicious drink on your phone. Then, you just have to go pick it up at your local Starbucks. Score! Unfortunately, for the last six months, only Starbucks lovers (finally, we can use the incorrect version of Taylor’s ‘Blank Space’ lyric!) in Portland could take advantage of the app… until now.
This week, Starbucks announced that the app will work in over 4,000 locations and in 17 states. That means that if you’re in one of these fabulously lucky states, you can order your drink on your phone, show up at Starbucks, and go straight to the barista pick-up counter without having to wait at the lengthy pay line. The app even shows you the wait time!
We’re seriously pumped about this new app. Firstly, it gets us our Starbucks fix faster — duh. Secondly, when I first hear about this app, I’ll admit I envisioned having to literally cut to the front of the line, which would be totally unfair and hugely uncomfortable to do. But, instead, the app is perfect; it let’s my phone do the waiting for me, then I slip in, grab my Frapp from the drink pick-up counter, and go. Oh, technology, how I love you.
Want to take advantage of this technological innovation? Here’s the list of states currently supported: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. If you live in any of these states, hit the App Store stat because you are the chosen few.
There is one catch; the app only works on iPhones (sorry, Droid users). If the app isn’t currently available for your state or phone of choice, fear not: Starbucks says it plans on making the app reach all of its stores (and work for Androids!) by the end of the year. Oh, happy days.