You’ll Never Have to Wait in Line at Starbucks Again with This New App

09/22/2015 at 03:36 PM ET

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Courtesy Starbucks

Waiting in line is always awful — but it’s especially awful when you’re waiting to order your coffee at Starbucks, grumpy and uncaffeinated.

Well, you can now skip the line entirely, through the power of technology. The company’s new Mobile Order and Pay app lets you order your pumpkin spice latte (or whatever other kind of beverage) from your phone, then pick it up directly at the counter when you arrive.

In addition to placing orders, customers can also pay ahead and see their estimated wait time.

RELATED: We Tasted Starbucks’ New Pumpkin Spice Latte … And Here’s What We Think

Starbucks launched the function in December 2014, but only in Portland, Oregon. Within a matter of months, the feature expanded to twenty more states and over 3,500 locations. Now, the feature is available nationally in over 7,400 coffee shops.

“Following successful launches in select U.S. cities, mobile ordering is emerging as the fastest and easiest way for Starbucks customers to order ahead, then pay and pick up their purchases – providing on-the-go customers a simple and quick alternative to get their favorite food or beverage item,” the official statement reads. “Starbucks plans to introduce this feature in select company owned stores in the UK and Canada in October.”

RELATED: Dunkin’ Donuts Delivery Is Going to Be a Thing

Next step? Starbucks delivery, please.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Madeline Johnson on

Love the coffee hate the lines at Starbucks. In theory this is great and I have see mobile ordering in action – but will they get my order right???

thesportygirl on

I live in Portland and have been using this since they started it! It is AMAZING! They do get your order right cause they use the sticker print out for it so what you order on your phone gets printed on a sticker which is then placed on your cup. I have been waiting for this to go national cause when I travel its frustrating to not be able to use it! It saves so much time, I have even arrived to a line and whip out my phone order and get my order faster. It also remembers your last order so you can easily repeat an order.

harkhere on

I’ve never waited in line, or even walked past a line. I boycott that vile company. I have, however, picked up numerous lids, straws, cups, sleeves, and other detritus from their products. I have cleaned them from beaches, roads, rivers, parking lots, buses, you name it. It’s a sin they don’t give incentives for bringing your own cup, and it’s sickening how much water they waste and what they do to local growers, and it’s sickening that people get LIDS on their cups when they are merely SITTING AT A TABLE in the restaurant! That plastic does not ever go away!

The Coffee Kitty on

I always hate standing in line for coffee, but I don’t think an online solution is the cure. It removes the person from the equation, how long before starbucks has us trained to accept our drinks from a vending machine? I just make most of my drinks at home with recipes I make, the rest of the time I find reputable cafes that care about their customers.

Demarcus Zbinden on