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Friday, December 5, 2008

Cookies baking for Christmas 2008

Its been a while that I did not blog.  I have not been going to Starbucks for sometime due to my schedule.  But I know they had brought the Toffee Nut syrup in town for the Christmas.

I took leave today to bake cookies for family and friends celebrating the Christmas.  Here the photos of the products.

Almond Slice before cutting... My first try on this cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies... My best cookies...  Never failed on doing this!

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I will try the London Almond tomorrow... and will bake more Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to handle Feedback

I have a friend who seems to be not very happy feedback to a Starbucks manager on Duty on some issues, and this was brought up to the upper management, i.e. District Manager.

So, what is the feedback about?  Its the discounts!

We sometimes get treated by the Starbucks partners as we are a bunch of regular who often SB Coffee, especially in Pearl International Hotel.  This group of Baristas are very attentive to their customers and for a regulars like us, we are being given "special" attention.  In view of spending RM1000++ a month in SB, my friend was hoping to see if there is a way we could obtain some discounts in view of the current price hike of basic necessities...

So, he got a call from the DM of Pearl International, stating that she wished to meet my friend to discuss on this matter.  My friend who is happy that SB has taken initiative, agreed on the meeting.  The next thing I heard, my friend felt humiliated and insulted by the DM... Why?

The DM being unknown to whom she is meeting, offered 2 vouchers of service recovery and tell my friend that we could obtain our10% discount!  She obviously do not know that we always spend more than RM30 and enjoyed the 10% as we paid RM12 annually to Jusco for a membership card!

My friend was total furious as this is a waste of his time in view that its not any solution to its feedback!  He felt that the DM has not done her homework at all.  Right after the meeting, he wanted an email to be written to the higher management highlighting the humiliation. 

So, I did an email, and further call the DM to ask on what happen... Apparently from my friend, he was challenged to call the higher management if he is still unhappy with the recovery.  When this brought up, the DM claimed that this is not what she meant!  aiyo...

Further on to the discussion with the DM at 9am this morning, I myself got furious and I dont blame my friend having such a reaction.  The DM claimed that my usual drink is "special" customise, and therefore need more time to prepare!  Woi, Ms DM, did she knows that all Baristas in SB are trained before putting on shift?  How can she says that!!!  My goodness!  It really boiled my blood ah!!

The longer the conversation goes by, the more anger I become... My goodness...  I am worried that SB will follow the faith of US and Australia if this continues...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Our Main Stream Media

I cant believe my own eyes! 

Please spot the mistake in the below picture. 

Again, I never thought this kind of mistake should happen in the top newspaper in Malaysia!  Its a disgrace!

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See?  What a shame!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Starbucks Partner's T-Shirt for Summer Promotions

Noticed Starbucks Malaysia partners are wearing YELLOW!  Good bright colour and unusual than the white and black shirts that they have.

Cool T-shirt and I want one too!  Any Starbucks partners want to offer a L or XL size for me??

The shirt look like this!

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Starbucks Plaza Mount Kiara

Blogging from Plaza Mount Kiara.

Its a nice store with a very relaxing environment.  The store now has a fountain in front of the store.  This reminded me my visit to one of the Singapore Starbucks in Bugis Junction.

I am here to meet some clients, that I need to finalise their application.  Being bored while waiting, thinking why not update the blog as I have not write for long.

Its been at least six months that I did not visit SB MK due to the last experience I had.  Its not very pleasant as I have to meet the District Manager at wee hours to story what happen.  But this time round, the store seems to improve alot!

But a joke happen, I ordered my usual drink with a long long name, however I ended being ask, "maam, coffee of the day"?  I was stunned for a while as I did not even mentioned anything about coffee of the day.  ha ha!  The barista smile, and after that I repeat my order.

The drink turn out not too bad, since the change of the machine they use.  Think now most SB has changed their machine.  The machine is something that will produce quality espresso shots.  So, definitely no complain of the shots.

I am wondering if the Jazz Festival is coming back this year here... Keeping my finger cross and I shall look forward for the upcoming event.

My clients are kind, I finished both meetings by 10pm and now I can pack up to go home.  Just nice as my battery is going flat too! ha ha!

Those who read the blog, I know I owed you the Chongqing blog, will do that soon... Still waiting for the photos!  :(

Friday, April 18, 2008

My next visit to Starbucks Chongqing

I visited Starbucks in Chongqing as well during this visit to China.  I am waiting for the photos from a friend.  Will do the posting once its done!

Will not keep you guys wait for too long!

Visits to Shenzhen Starbucks (5 April 2008)

I was on a trip to Chongqing and on the Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen and transit to the final destination.  My flight from Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen was at 0650hrs and arriving Shenzhen International Airport at 1140hrs.

The best of all, my transit flight was only schedule to take off at 2135hrs from Shenzhen to Chongqing.  I had brought along my laptop with me, knowing that I will have to spend at the minimum of 8 hours waiting for my transit.

First thing arriving in Shenzhen, clear immigration and customs, my next looking forward program was to go for my coffee.  I did not do any info check before I depart, and I was hoping to see a Starbucks in the airport.

I am so glad that upon my arrival, I do see a Starbucks in front of me!  Clap Clap!  My first action was to rush to get my coffee and check out the necessary.  My friend, who was with me at that moment, pull me back, and ask a very serious question.  "Do you have any RMB with you?"  I was opening my big mouth and answer was NO.  We did not remember that we need to change before the flight!

I told my friend, no panic, I will pay with my Credit Card first!  I am not in a good position to think as I have not slept for hours!  I need coffee and best I got my Starbucks coffee!  We walked straight to the counter, ordered our usual and paid for the drink with Credit Card!

This time, its a test, I do not know how to order my drink in Mandarin!  I only tell them in brief what I need, and I do not even know what hazelnut in Mandarin mean.  I am glad the Barista know what I want.

The service was perfect!  Something better than what I usually get in Malaysia!  I mean anywhere in Malaysia.  Even I am so regular in SB Malaysia, I do not have a perfect rating for them here!

I am sooooooo glad that this make my day.  At least, I know I am welcomed and I know I can stay on for that particular 8 hours of wait!  My latte is usual customise and I can tell that the Baristas are working very hard to make sure I got a cup of Perfect drink.  I had 2 coffee there.

Out of sudden, I was approached by a guy named Steven.  He seems to be the Manager of the store.  He mentioned that my drink is very exciting and he would like to try it out.  So, I told him my customised latte and he tried.  We had a good time sharing the experience of coffee and later I was introduced to the whole team.

I now know that SB Shenzhen has Steven, Wendy and others... Will try to look out for the name, which I wrote on a piece of paper and let you guys know again!

This is a complementary which I would like to dedicate to the team of SB Shenzhen International Airport for their perfect service.  I also post here the front entrance of the store, which is bright and clean!

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They have uphold the Starbucks Promise to us!

Starbucks Promise:- 

Your Drink Should Be Perfect, Every Time.  If Not, Let Us Know, And We Will Make It Right.

My regret, I did not buy the Shenzhen City Mug there and then thinking I could grab one while on my way back.  Unfortunately, I did not have a chance.  But I Promise, I will return to the store again!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spot the Difference

My All the blog readers, stay awake with coffee!  Please spot the difference in the following pictures!

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These pictures were used by The Star to tell people that the "GOODNESS" of SMART Tunnel!  I find it so misleading and confused!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Meeting with client @ Bangsar Village I

Last night was a tiring night for me.  I am supposed to meet a client for discussion on her application at 7.30pm unfortunately she only arrived at 8.30pm due to miscommunication with her fiance.

 

I arrived at SB BV1 at 6.30pm, and glad to see Margaret aka Mummy in store.  I called her in the morning informing that I will be in the store for the meeting and requested her to keep an eye on the long table for me... He he... She is always so nice and sweet, but she upheld her principle that no reserve of seats will be allowed... Mummy, a clap for you!

 

When later at 8.30pm the client and her fiance came, we sit down and started doing all the necessary things that we need, and I am lucky that I choose to meet in SB!  The meeting ended at 12.30am!  Till the door of SB also closed and we are still inside while waiting for the barista to finish their closing tasks!  If I am somewhere else, I doubted that I would received such as understanding and good service.  Again, BRAVO to Bangsar Village SB

 

I am totally exhausted after the meeting.  After home, I still doing the presentation for tomorrow.  This application need to be submitted and it has a deadline!  Oh, sleeping time was recorded at 2.30am!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Service Recovery @ Starbucks

I was at the SB Pusat Bandar Damansara this morning when I was waiting for my passport to be ready for collection. 

 

The store has a very good frontage, as it located at the Block C facing the main road and you will noticed it.  The store has both the inside and outside seating area.  Very cool ambience as you will feel so comfortable having your coffee in a secluded area with people walking pass you.  I can feel the "speciality" when I was there.

 

As I was entering the store, there was only 2 baristas, i.e. Teoh handling the POS and Wan trying to clear up the display cabinet.  I was second in line waiting for my turn to order.  Teoh was a very inviting barista.  All the welcoming quotes that SB use, he said it.  However, when he heard my customise drink, there it will go wrong.  I wonder if the customisation is being so "weird" that most of the SB Baristas seems to be unable to handle.  At the POS itself, its already gone wrong. 

 

When he stare at me point blank, I told him to pass me the sticker and I will mark my own drink.  He did, and with apologetic reaction, he took my order, my payment and of course issue me the necessary points that I deserve.

 

As soon as I am about to sign my points collection slip, I saw the barista at the Bar making my drink with a 3 pump of syrup.  I re-correct him, and told him the syrup is only 2 pump.  The answer given, "oh, its 2 pump, because earlier was just air"... Then I ask him, how confident are you that the syrup does not fell in my drink, and he just start blank and give me a kind of "well.. I change then" of reaction for me...

 

Slowly, I walked over to the bar collecting my drink, and to my surprise, they are using the espresso cup as shot glass!  The bar is so untidy with the cups there...  and when out of my curiosity, and it was answered, Baristas broke it, no stock to replace, so use espresso cup first la!  ha ha... this kind of answer, I hope it was not being taught by the DM or SM!

 

Then, it come to my Shots!  It was at 10am when I walk in and order my drink, and when I commented on the shots, the barista (I believe he is very senior working as a barista) says, "oh the grinds too fine!  I redo and send to you".  I told him off straight, that its his duty to ensure the grinds are calibrated everyday before Store OPEN, not when a customer complain.  Why do I have to wait?  Just because I know how a espresso shot is being consider good?  You mean all this while barista "buat bodoh" and serve the other customers blindly?

 

I told him NO, I wont go outside because I got no confidence that he will be able to give me a perfect cup of coffee.  I will just wait there till he is able to pull a standard good shot.  Well, he tried and I walk off smiling with my coffee.

 

I always anticipated that the minute I walk away from the counter, I will be cursed due to my demand. ha ha!

 

True enough!  There was a barista (Efa) who used to work as a Supervisor and knows how fussy I am, came up to me to say hi.  She was saying that I should request for her to do my drink in order not to get so uptight.  Well, she was not there when I am there!  She walked in only after I got my drink and seated!  Aiyo... or else this post will be written differently!  Efa over heard the conversation of the baristas when she clock in for work, and when she ask who, they pointed at me!

 

Anyway, the supervisor (Wan) did give me a recovery voucher and apologise for the situation.  I think if its not Efa, this would not happen, as this store is also under the supervisory of Mohin (DM) - the same DM in my earlier post, Summit USJ. ha ha....  Now you know the DM plays important part in guiding the stores??

 

It was a good time to catch up with Efa knowing that she now got a freelance job and become a part time barista instead of supervisor, I wish her all the best here!  I do hope SB will treasure lots of Efa alike barista, rather than someone too senior and tend to take the customers for granted!

Friday, March 14, 2008

The different Experience

My friends and I were in Summit USJ this evening for a meeting. The guys have some business to discuss, therefore the gals were left wondering around Summit for approx. of 45 mins as the meeting was scheduled to end at 8pm.

At 7.45pm, being tired and hungry, I told my friend that I needed some coffee and rest. We walked into the SB as usual. When I first arrived at the POS (Counter), this barista by the name of Khairul has recognised me as he had served me once. Due to the drink I have, most SB baristas will know me by the first visit!

So, I ordered my drink, and he gave me a "remark"... Hai, I know you gonna do this to me, this is only my 2nd time handling the POS. I told him I have been having this same drink for years and to me, I have no difficulty naming it. As a barista, he should be more well prepared than me! Nevertheless, I even marked the sticker for him and give him the exact charges of my drink!

Just about to complete the transaction, my friend ordered another cappuccino, so I told the Barista to add on the order and told my friend to top up whatever balance as I had paid my drink with the exact! And the barista got blurrrr... Dont know how to charge!

After I proceed to the handover counter, I noticed that the milk pitchers were still stained and I requested the barista, (if I am not wrong, the name is Alvi or something) to WASH the pitcher before steaming my milk. He gave me look and RINSE the pitcher... I wonder did he hear my request! WASH not RINSE!

Then I ask where is the Manager or Supervisor, and it came totally to my surprise, MY MANAGER IS OUT FOR BREAK! I was like huh? Break? and leaving the 2 baristas who were new to handle the store! Thereafter... the queue started and the 2 baristas were panicked. I lost my patience of waiting and requested them to send the drink instead.

I called the other DM to request for SB Summit USJ DM (Mohin) contact number. I told him my experience and he said he will revert to the MOD (Ismail) on this. Later, when I was about to leave, Ismail came to me and said that he apologise from his bottom heart of what happen, and ask me what I want! Hey, I don't complain for FREE DRINK! He should be able to let me know what he can do for me. This is Customer Recovery! They are taught how to handle this! Think about it, I should have ask for not 1 but 10 free drinks vouchers! At least I can give to my friends!

Mohin called me later and ask if Ismail had called, and I told him the whole even worse customer recovery experience I have! Oh gosh, if I ever in Summit USJ, I am not going to SB anymore! I don't think I deserve to suffer for the price I paid for my coffee!

After dinner, on our way back from USJ, a friend say that he did not had his coffee just now, and ask if we should pit stop at SB Pearl International Hotel. I don't mind for that anyway.

This was a total different experience at all! BRAVO SB Pearl International!

The team had never failed me! The effort and passion can be felt once you step in the store. The outside seatings were taken, the barista had the effort to put another table for me and friends. I have my drink made to perfect! Served! and even automatically with 3 cups of water!
The Pearl International Team comprises very familiar faces if you are there! The SM (Yaz) who is now hospital and hope he recover fast! The baristas are also cool.... Wait, one day I got all their names, I will published here!

Please, for those reading this.... try out in Pearl International SB! You will be assured a perfect cup of coffee with the Excellent Service!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Independancy

I was sitting alone in SB yesterday and found this test in Star Online! Lets see my results!


How independent are you?


Between 21-30

You are a very independent person who knows her own mind. But in your desire to remain self-sufficient you can sometimes make mistakes. Listen to what other people have to say, take on board their suggestions and ideas, don’t dismiss them out of hand, nor be foolish enough to think that you know what is right all of the time.

Take the quiz at CloveTWO!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Starbucks Pavilion

This is the one that located at the 3rd Floor of Pavilion. A new SB that opened in September 2007! Its a great store with the great Partners (SB way of calling their baristas and managers). This store has a lots of seating places which you do not need to fight for one. Located opposite all the al fresco restaurants, with music played by each of the neighbour restaurant, you sometime have some fun there. It also has a band that played for your leisure by the Pavilion.

The walkway is full of people, where its also a good place to "cuci mata".

Lets start to introduce some Partners there (the Partners may changed from time to time):-

Store Manager: Rahim (A friendly Store Manager with little hair and a teddylike tummy)
Other Supervisors: Rudy (A Passionate leader in Store which will always ensure that you get the first smile when you walk in the store)

Partners: Great service with the great role model.

Not forgetting Ferry, the District Manager! He is one of those that you be able to give good and constructive feedback!

This is a store which will be visited after my office hours to release a day of stress work while waiting for my dearest to pick and send me home!

Great Store and Bravo for the Store!

Just to update the outlook photo of the store!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

First Coffee Post

Being having almost 10 years of Starbucks Coffee and knowing the Starbucks drink (even though I only have one very regular customised latte) but I think its a good thing that I started writing on Starbucks Coffee Stores!

I have visitied numerous SB in the world and there are both complimentary and complain which I have address either immediately to the Barista or to the Management. Sometimes it do not get to the correct ears and yet I end up getting pissed for not getting the same standards all over.

I do hope the Starbucks Coffee goers can join in the blog in leave comments on the stores I commented!

Cynful Pleasure Bakery

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