Ordering coffee keeps getting easier and easier, which is great, because when you need coffee…you need coffee. Specifically, Starbucks has introduced voice ordering on command, because why push buttons when you can just speak your coffee wishes into your phone?
Today, the coffee chain launched voice ordering on two different platforms: the iOS mobile app and Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa. So now a virtual assistant will pretty much do everything — except pay for your coffee and drink it for you.
By using the My Starbucks barista app, all you need to do is speak your full order instead of selecting it on the screen — even the complicated orders. You know, if you prefer your latte with one-and-a-half sugar-free pumps of vanilla with a splash of almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
As of now, the app feature is only available to 1,000 customers nationwide, but by summer, the rest of the country will have access — including Android users.
As for the Alexa voice ordering function, users can say something like “Alexa, order my Starbucks” to place the order you typically get. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to deviate from your usual order or add any additional items (like those delicious lemon cookies).
Of course, you’ll still need to make your way into your local Starbucks to pick up your order (the app isn’t that fancy…yet).
You may have noticed that Starbucks lines are sometimes extra long due to the ordering service on the app. That’s why the company plans to add more staff during rush hours to keep the lines down and the customers happy.
Hey, as long as we get our coffee without standing in a crazy line, we’re happy.