Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trenta? No, thank ya.

According to Starbucks and many news outlets, Starbucks has joined the hordes of companies 'SuperSizing' their offerings for an ever demanding market. Later this spring, they will be unveiling the Trenta size at all of their locations. That's right, one more impossible-to-order size, 30 ounces of your favorite drink available in a giant sized (though the picture above is an exaggeration) to-go cup.

Okay, I'm sort of speaking out of school, because I cut coffee out of my diet a couple months back. I haven't had a coffehouse coffee since my last Peppermint Chai in December (OMG YUMMMMMM...) But...really? Wasn't a Venti enough? Must we up the ante to a Trenta? A whole 10 ounces more?

According to the Starbucks Website, a 20oz Cafe Mocha with whipped cream is 410 calories. So, you figure that a 30oz Cafe Mocha is going to run you what, 615 calories? So, with one early morning pick-me-up, you mean to tell me that most people are going to consume 1/4 to 1/3 of their daily recommended calories? On caffeine and dairy, which have little to no nutritional value.

Really? I mean, hey, I'm a Seattlite. I love my coffee as much MORE than the next guy. It's fantastic. It's wonderful. It's a gift of a bean, that's what it is.

However...what does it say that we now need 615 calories IN A DRINK? Does anyone out there REALLY need 30 ounces of a coffehouse drink?  Is this another sign of America's obesity epidemic? Is this another sign of Super Sizing to dangerous proportions?


  1. They did mention that it's only for things like lemonade and iced tea. i know, that doesn't help on the calorie front, but it's a little reassuring to know that people won't be walking around with gallons of coffee.

  2. I love that graphic so much! I saw this on the news the other day and couldn't believe it. When most restaurants are getting in trouble for super-sizing and having to change what they call things on their menu, here comes Starbucks with an offering of mega-caloric intake. I have never even ordered more than a grande. I usually just get a tall because that's big enough for me.

  3. According to the Starbucks press release, you can get iced coffee or iced tea Trenta sized.

    No, they're not offering the fancy stuff YET, but you know they will once they realize there's a market and they figure out how to manage making the drinks. It's a business, after all. People want it and will pay for it.

    I used to get a venti, I'll admit. But I'd be sipping on that thing for the entirety of an 8 hour shift. I couldn't even imagine what I'd do with 30 ounces.

  4. I would probably order one of these (if it would fit in my truck's cup holders) if/when I plan to make my trip back to Washington to visit or to Montana to visit. I have cut out Starbucks and all other coffee stands since I moved to Reno. Well, I do buy the tall double shots from gas stations and/or Walmart occasionally, but coffee stands, nope, not since June 2010

  5. Oh I do love my coffee. I will maybe check this out for my long drive south.

  6. ut oh....i am sure i could down it in 30 seconds...especially if it was a double or triple shot....gosh knows i do not speed around here enough on my own!


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