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Friday, December 28, 2007

The skinny on Starbucks

Ordering coffee at Starbucks can be challenging, what with the gazillion of choices available – a tall non-fat double-shot vanilla latte with whip, anyone?

Now the brewing baron is making ordering easier for perplexed patrons with its new “Skinny” platform. The new lingo – the word “skinny” – saves you from having to say nonfat Latte made with sugar-free syrup. So, instead of ordering a nonfat, sugar-free gingerbread latte, you can now order a skinny gingerbread latte.

The company also added a new sugar-free syrup flavor – mocha – to its existing selections of vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and cinnamon dolce.

Katie Thomson, a registered dietitian for Starbucks, says the move was prompted by customer demand for healthier options. But Starbucks’ new lingo seems more like wishful thinking in a cup. Swapping out a tall Cinnamon Dolce Latte (made with non-fat milk and no whip) with a tall Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte is a difference of just 70 calories. And even if you indulge in a drink a day, that’s still just 490 calories per week – it would take nearly two months before those daily drinks resulted in a gain of one pound.

If you want to skip the lattes altogether, might I suggest my favorite Starbucks drink? Order steamed soymilk, plain, no syrup. You will probably have to repeat this a few times to the baffled barista who, without fail, will not know how to ring the order up since it’s not on the menu. Sprinkle some vanilla powder into the drink and add a few packets of Splenda sweetener to taste and voila – pure heaven.

So, what’s your favorite Starbucks - or other coffeehouse - concoction?


at 4:49 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

My favorite drink from Starbucks has just 10 little calories. You burn that just trying to say this:

"Grande Caffe Americano with 2 shots of sugar free caramel syrup no room for cream"

It has a great flavor as an americano is two shots of expresso and topped off with hot water.

Those calories do get taken in though when I order one of those chocolate chip cookies the size of my head! I have a routine where I will eat one of those the night before my long run on the weekend.

at 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

starbucks' coffee sucks! gimme a shot of lavazza espresso with a doppio of whole steamed milk. hmmmmm!

at 12:16 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

Reality Tuesdays Cafe in Park Hills makes a correct espresso shot and a variety of homemade pastries. No pretensiousness, just good coffee and pastries.

at 3:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

starbucks vats of bitter sludge should be outlawed....highway robbery.....

at 10:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll drink gas station coffee sooner than I'll drink bitter burnt Starbucks. But then I suppose it has to be that strong to stand up to all the confection most people add to it. Unaltered, it's undrinkable.

Still, my preference is Indian Monsoon Malabar from Seven Hills Coffee company, ground myself and brewed in my Capresso. Black.

at 7:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, call me strange, but I actually love Starbucks coffee. And, the Christmas cups!

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