This is where the comedy ensuing disaster began.
I pull up to the window, where I am greeted with, you brought your own mug? I handed it over. I then watched the Starbucks employee pour my chai into my reusable mug from a paper cup. Then the employee casually offers me the leftover chai that was remaining in the paper cup. I say sure, assuming he's just going to hand the almost empty paper cup over to me. He hands me my reusable mug, full of chai. When I look back, he has kindly poured the remaining left over chai into a small kid size cup for me with another plastic lid.
Here's the math, using ONE reusable mug brought to Starbucks:
1. Tall cup where drink was originally made (even though I told them I had my own cup).
2. A SECOND paper cup to put the leftover chai in.
3. My mug, which got dirty and used as well.
ONE chai, THREE cups. I'd call that an eco-UNfriendly experience. BOO Starbucks! On a side note, I probably should take the blame here because I thought I could easily use my reusable mug in the drive thru. The reality is I probably would've had better luck if I went inside, lesson learned. Ironically enough, I had to follow the mantra on my reusable mug, Keep Calm and Carry On.