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Starbucks Red Eye, Black Eye, and Ghetto Latte

I had a Red Eye at Starbucks after hearing an order for a Black Eye. A Red Eye is regular coffee (iced or hot) with a single shot of espresso added in. A Black Eye has two shots of espresso for some major caffeine-induced jitters. The Red Eye is pretty good and has a smoother taste than regular iced coffee.

I asked the barrista about the Black Eye who explained the drink along with the Red Eye. Weird thing is, he said the employees are not allowed to call these drinks Red Eyes or Black Eyes. They know what they are, but when calling out your drink for pickup, they’re supposed to use the non-slang terminology of coffee with an extra shot (for a Red Eye). Not sure why but that’s Starbucks policy.

I remember hearing about a “ghetto latte” before but never did order that “drink.” Though I do understand trying to cut costs since latte drinks hover in the $4-5 range which quickly adds up, especially if you’re going more often to get some handpicked music.

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11 Responses to Starbucks Red Eye, Black Eye, and Ghetto Latte

  1. Coyt S. December 26, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I believe you can “buy” the Ghetto Latte with WIC. The grafiti-laden cup curiously smells of old urine and the swizzle stick is actually a hypodermic needle. You must be warned, however, that drinking this somehow tends to make you chronically late, unable to hold or apply for a job and gravitate towards welfare offices. Damn those wizards at Starbucks. How do they concoct such deliciously evil potions!

  2. Coyt S. December 26, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I believe you can “buy” the Ghetto Latte with WIC. The grafiti-laden cup curiously smells of old urine and the swizzle stick is actually a hypodermic needle. You must be warned, however, that drinking this somehow tends to make you chronically late, unable to hold or apply for a job and gravitate towards welfare offices. Damn those wizards at Starbucks. How do they concoct such deliciously evil potions!

  3. mawt1 May 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I work at Starbucks and I don't know what is a Ghetto Latte…

  4. mawt1 May 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I work at Starbucks and I don't know what is a Ghetto Latte…

  5. Carol December 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    hehe I buy iced dopios and add milk. you can’t ORDER a ghetto latte because they’ll be onto you! and the black eye isn’t supposed to be called out because you hear

    DID SOMEONE ORDER A LARGE BLACK GUY?!?

    • Gee Why December 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      But I already told them my name is Snoop. 😉

    • Lisa October 26, 2015 at 6:40 am #

      This actually happened at a Starbucks, I guess the barista didn’t get the memo. He repeatedly called out for a “tall black eye” in the window which was then picked up by a “tall black guy”

      • Gee Why October 26, 2015 at 9:41 am #

        Love it!

  6. Alismarket October 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Here is an article about the “black eye”. A “Double Black Eye” as I learned to order it is very dangerous to anyone with high blood pressure.  I get mine made with decaf. All the flavor with 1/2 the danger! 

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