Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Watch out: Your Starbucks coffee is making you fat!

It's been rather amusing of late to see all the news about Starbucks that's been circulating.  Being the best known coffee shop chain out there, Starbucks is always used an example whether they like it or not but really, the news coming out of guys in Seattle has only been setting themselves up for more egg on their face.

Firstly, Starbucks announcing their new logo where they're dropping the name "Starbucks Coffee" has been received adversely overall because Starbucks has become synonymous with coffee worldwide.  You could understand if just the "coffee" was dropped as Starbucks looks to diversify into other beverage and food categories.  However just having their siren / mermaid means that this logo will most likely not be allowed in countries like Saudi Arabia.

Starbucks new Siren only logo

However, to take the cake, Starbucks this week announced the launch of their "Trenta" sized coffee (more details on Trenta here).  Trenta, is a 31-oz or approximately 900ml cup of coffee.  According to stories making their rounds on the Internet right now, a cup that size is slightly larger than the size of the average human's stomach.  If that doesn't make you run to the loo, I don't know what will...

Doesn't this make you think of King Kong - does size really matter?

What got me thinking more though was how many calories would the average Trenta cup have.  Again, just browsing through the Internet, I came across a website that actually shows how many calories existing Starbucks coffees have.  Based on this, I calculated the calories that a Trenta-sized cup would have and the results were shocking:

  • Cappuccino with low fat milk - 271 calories
  • Cappuccino with full fat milk - 349 calories 
  • Latte with skim fat milk - 266 calories
  • Latte with full fat milk - 455 calories 
  • Hot Chocolate with skim milk and no whipped cream - 503 calories
  • Hot Chocolate with full fat milk and no whipped cream - 676 calories
  • White Hot Chocolate with full fat milk and no whipped cream - 895 calories
  • Caramel Macchiato with low fat milk - 436 calories
  • Caramel  Macchiato with full fat milk - 484 calories
  • Caramel Frappuccino  - 678 calories
  • Coffee Frappuccino - 431 calories
If you're like me, your jaw must be dropping right now to know that there are people who are willing to consume close to a quarter of their day's caloric intake or more on a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  Chances are, once you know, you probably won't want to try the Trente cup if and when it comes to our part of the world, but spread the word to those you care about, because no one should be drinking this much coffee without realizing the consequences.