As my loved ones will tell you, I have a fairly expensive coffee habit. And Starbucks might have just made it worse by announcing "voice ordering" for the company's iPhone app, as well as Amazon's Alexa.
Before I would have to open the Starbucks app and tap in my order, submit it, and wait for the payment to process. But the company's new Starbucks Reorder skill for Alexa will remove much of the order friction by simply allowing me to say, "Alexa, order my Starbucks." Alexa will then ask me about my order, and with that, my coveted Cinnamon Dolce latte will be on its way.
If you don't own an Amazon Echo though, you will still (eventually) be able to use "voice ordering" with the company's iPhone app. In the app, the new feature is called "My Starbucks barista" and it acts as a chat bot, allowing you to text or speak your order to a virtual barista.
The Starbucks Reorder skill for Alexa is available today, but you'll have to wait for the "My Starbucks barista" feature. It is currently in beta with 1,000 Starbucks customers, and will be gradually rolling out through the summer. As for Android users, you'll have to wait until Starbucks brings the feature to its Android app sometime "later this year."