How many sizes of drink does a coffee shop sell and what are they called? In the interests of research, I went to the nearest coffee shop and had a good look at their board while they were making a small hot chocolate for me.
Two of their drinks come in one size only, but in one case that one size is ‘small’ and in the other, it’s ‘regular’. Most of their drinks come in two sizes, but those are sometimes ‘small’ and ‘regular’, and sometimes ‘regular’ and ‘large’. Some of their drinks come in three sizes, ‘small’, ‘regular’ and ‘large’. So if I want the smallest available size, what do I ask for? If I ask for ‘small’, I run the risk that the attendant will say approximately ‘We don’t serve that in small’ (but they may figure out that ‘small’ can mean ‘smaller’); if I ask for ‘regular’, I run the risk that I will get a larger size than I wanted, which is what happened yesterday.
Part of this is decided either by the shop or the chain (or perhaps the consumer affairs department). The shop I was just in had three cups on display marked ‘Small – 14 oz [414 mL]’, ‘Regular – 16 oz [473 mL]’ and ‘Large – 20 oz [591 mL]’. That doesn’t explain why some drinks come in some sizes but not in others.
Many coffee shops in South Korea have their drinks menu in Korean and English, though I’ve still got to locate what I want. Cappuccinos are standard fare (but I still need to find out whether the smaller/est size is ‘small’ or ‘regular’), but some coffee shops sell hot chocolate and others don’t. Some coffee shops have their drinks menu in Korean only, which makes it doubly difficult.