Fatty Starbucks: Yet another reason to drink indie roasts


By Robyn Johnson

Last week, Call Me Thirsty, a drink enthusiast blog, released a nutritional chart of the 10 fattiest Starbucks drinks. For those who have plugged their fingers into their ears in response to the consistent media coverage over the years about the caloric excessiveness of the Starbucks menu, the numbers can be quite eye-popping. (Be aware, though, that the chart refers to the venti size and opts for whole milk when applicable—Frappucinos are typically made with reduced fat milk, but all that cloying syrup, whipped cream, and chocolate more than makes up for it.) As a former Starbucks employee, and as supported by the chart, I can tell you straight off to avoid any drink with white chocolate syrup and most Frappucinos outside of the plain version—yes, you can order them plain and also without whipped cream. And let’s be honest, without all the bells and whistles Frappucinos are about as thrilling as a glass of Quik.

I don’t want to proselytize here too much and I think it’s obvious that like other fast foods places, Starbucks sells processed drink items that have questionable nutritional value. But for you diehard fans of the monster chain, consider exploring the complexities of coffee at local indie cafes and microroasteries like Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Four Barrel, Philz, etc. Just sayin.


No one cares. The above comment is right - if a "locally-owned" coffee shop were to produce the same drinks they'd have the same caloric content. Why is this a story?

Posted by Lucretia the Trollop on Mar. 04, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

I think the point is that someone else, the blog Call Me Thirsty, has made these comparisons and the author is merely bringing your attention to the "study".

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2010 @ 10:42 am

Let's compare apples to apples, Ms. Johnson.
The drinks shown on the chart are surely far more fat- and sugar-laden than a Starbucks drip coffee.
A 20-oz "Mint Chocolatey Chip" ice blended drink at ANY coffee shop that serves them will surely be packed with calories and sugar.
Do we really need a chart to tell us that?

Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure, I, too, am a former Bux employee.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 03, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

So ... you're comparing ridiculous mostly-dairy-and-sugar beverages with coffee? And the former have more fat and sugar? BRILLIANT!

I'm a Philz loyalist but you are, in fact, proselytizing and conflating two more-or-less unrelated topics.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 03, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

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