If you need to read the menu at a Starbucks drive-through, then you must not be too familiar with the overpriced, burnt-tasting coffee they sell there. Since Aug. 31, you, the latte amateur, have been told that you can buy "grande" and "venti" sizes—that would be the 16-and 20-ounce cups o' joe. There's no mention on the tote board, though, of cheaper alternatives like the "short" (8 ounces) or "tall" (12 ounces). Deceptive? Starbucks, of course, says no. A company rep tells USA Today: "We did it because our customers were frustrated with the difficulty of reading our drive-through menus." Again, the card-carrying loyalists already know what they want—it's the lapsed, occasional and/or new customer who needs the details. And not telling them that there's a half-price version of that 300-calorie drink they're considering is just plain dishonest. I recommend going elsewhere for a caffeine fix, but if you insist on Starbucks, just order a "small" and see what happens. And please report back—if your friendly neighborhood barista tries to upsell you, that's one thing. If he/she ignores your attempt at frugal indulgence and hands over a grande, then the chain has some 'splainin' to do.