I admit, I used to religiously order cappuccinos, pumpkin spice lattes, and caramel macchiatos.

That was until my bank account started to suffer from Starbucks high prices, then I started drinking coffee from home.

But a couple days ago, as a busy weekend was approaching, I decided to step foot into Starbucks again. The only thing I would consider buying would be a tall black coffee because of the more reasonable price and functioning use. But I attempted to return to my old ways and I ordered what use to be my favorite, a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème.

[one_third]Believe it or not, money has a taste. [/one_third]

As I took a sip, three words came to mind: overpriced, overpopulated, and over-roasted. It felt like I was drinking a glass of milk, except someone accidentally threw 15 packets of sugar inside. There wasn’t an authentic vanilla taste; it was the type of vanilla you can taste from a cheap lip balm. The taste of freshly brewed coffee tasted was absent.

Believe it or not, money has a taste. The fact I spent almost $6 on this drink made it taste even worse. I saw myself throwing quarters away at each sip. At first, the whipped cream was smooth and foamy but after awhile it hardened into a mushy blob. It tasted like I was sucking air bubbles. I was slurping my straw but nothing came through. In addition to this awful experience, the aftermath reminded me why I switched to black coffee.

I am lactose intolerant and mistakenly forgot to order non-dairy milk. I had stomach pains for the next hour. On top of abdominal discomfort, I felt myself going through a sugar crash. No energy and less money, thank you Starbucks.