Originally Posted by Spencer Young
I used to work for Starbucks in high school and college. As for most pretentious drink, I'd argue it's the Americano. Why? Because the only people who like it tend be be relatively knowledgable about coffee (at least relative to those getting mochas, frappuccinos, etc) and to those who don't know what it is (espresso + hot water) it sounds idiotic. Whenever somebody asks me what it is, they always look confused, and then quietly stupid for not getting it.
99% of the time I get Starbucks it's going to be an Americano, and I don't even consider myself to be particularly knowledgable about coffee. I like espressos, and I'll drink my coffee strong and black (on rare occasions I'll add a single sugar,) so Americanos seemed to be a natural choice for me.
Plus they're named after the bestest country ever.