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(Fox Business)   New calorie information at Starbucks will finally give drinkers a wake up call   (foxbusiness.com) divider line 21
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2013-06-19 10:12:17 AM  
Starbucks, at least here, have had their calorie information on everything (food and drinks) for a long while. Hasn't really changed anything.
 
2013-06-19 10:47:23 AM  
I finally tried some Starbucks coffee (not one of their other drinks, just regular black coffee) and holy shiat.  How can anybody like that crap?
 
2013-06-19 10:58:32 AM  
I have asked starbucks corporate a couple times for the calorie info for a pumpkin chai latte, and they keep telling me that since its a "custom" drink, that I can't have the info.

Custom drink my ass. You just don't want to tell me that it has enough calories for an entire day in a small.
 
2013-06-19 11:05:30 AM  

47 is the new 42: I finally tried some Starbucks coffee (not one of their other drinks, just regular black coffee) and holy shiat.  How can anybody like that crap?


It's better than Au bon Pain's burnt shiat.
 
2013-06-19 11:06:15 AM  

Mangoose: Starbucks, at least here, have had their calorie information on everything (food and drinks) for a long while. Hasn't really changed anything.


California law took effect a couple of years ago. The calorie counts are, to say the least, eye-opening.
 
2013-06-19 11:15:14 AM  
Starbucks bothers me because they've started setting up shop across the street from local high schools (in Toronto), knowing that kids will buy their trillion-calorie frappuccinos every farking day.
 
2013-06-19 12:34:01 PM  
They've had the calories posted here in California for awhile.  Learning that a single slice of their banana bread has 490 dropped my Starbucks snack habit from twice a week to once a month.
 
2013-06-19 12:51:17 PM  

alltim: Starbucks bothers me because they've started setting up shop across the street from local high schools (in Toronto), knowing that kids will buy their trillion-calorie frappuccinos every farking day.


It's ok, those kids will twerk it off.
 
2013-06-19 12:58:56 PM  

alltim: Starbucks bothers me because they've started setting up shop across the street from local high schools (in Toronto), knowing that kids will buy their trillion-calorie frappuccinos every farking day.


That's on the kids/parents, not Starbucks.
 
2013-06-19 01:00:16 PM  
I broke my wife's Starbucks addiction by printing out a pdf from their website showing the calorie counts. Saved me tons of money as she now only gets the occasional Mocha Light Frappucino on the weekend. A grande is just 130 calories.
 
2013-06-19 02:06:56 PM  

quizzical: They've had the calories posted here in California for awhile.  Learning that a single slice of their banana bread has 490 dropped my Starbucks snack habit from twice a week to once a month.


Yes, but I just break it in half, and enjoy a nice 245-calorie snack. Perfect!  I save the other half either for tomorrow, or after-dinner dessert.
 
2013-06-19 03:03:02 PM  

mjohnson71: I broke my wife's Starbucks addiction by printing out a pdf from their website showing the calorie counts. Saved me tons of money as she now only gets the occasional Mocha Light Frappucino on the weekend. A grande is just 130 calories.


Tell her to drink it black and get like 5 calories instead.  Same goes for Tea.
 
2013-06-19 03:47:07 PM  
Fatties do not care what they eat or drink and showing them the calories is not going to change that.
 
2013-06-19 03:56:39 PM  
Even before the California law took effect, Starbucks has had pamphlets in the stores with calorie counts, plus a calculator on their website and in their app for "custom" drinks. If you wanted to know how many calories you were stuffing in your drink hole, it's not like they were hiding the information.

I did notice that after the calorie counts were put on the pastry case labels, they suddenly came out with more "small" pastries like cake pops and mini-tarts. Apparently calorie counts only affect buying habits when people are spoon-fed the information straight into their eyeballs.
 
2013-06-19 04:01:09 PM  

420Gabriel: Fatties do not care what they eat or drink and showing them the calories is not going to change that.


I don't see a lot of fatties in my local Starbucks, although I'm sure they saunter through as well.  I think the general Starbucks-going public associates a Six Pump Triple Grande No Foam Whole Milk Vanilla Latte with Whip with a cup of coffee, when a milkshake is a much closer match.

I am a caffeine addict, but brew my own during the weekdays. At SB I typically get a tall iced coffee (with free refill) once a weekend with a splash of half and half during the spring and summer.  Then I save up the rewards points for freebie $7 espresso based drinks in the fall and winter.
 
2013-06-19 04:57:34 PM  

Dragonblink: Apparently calorie counts only affect buying habits when people are spoon-fed the information straight into their eyeballs.


Look at the guy talking about the 490 calorie slice of banana bread. I don't look up how many calories are in things. I'd have guessed 300, tops, for something like that, and I'd think I was being generous. If you tell me it's 490, maybe I just leave it in the case.

Then again, until Starbucks learns how to make coffee and cuts the price in half, I wouldn't be looking in that case, anyway.
 
2013-06-19 05:01:11 PM  

47 is the new 42: I finally tried some Starbucks coffee (not one of their other drinks, just regular black coffee) and holy shiat.  How can anybody like that crap?


Quality will depend on locality. Their beans aren't particularly amazing, but they are pretty solid in and of themselves. Your local Starbucks staff's knowledge of brewing and regularity of refreshing out the carafes has more to do with the typical poor quality than the coffee itself. One of our local Starbucks, a stand alone, has consistently good black coffee. Another, which is attached to our office complex and staffed by high schoolers, is almost always terrible. It is the same blend of coffee.

Same reason why people like/hate pizza chains. It's all about the local employees.
 
2013-06-19 06:33:40 PM  
I think all restaurants should have to list the average number of insect parts per serving.
 
2013-06-19 07:43:16 PM  

JollyMagistrate: 47 is the new 42: I finally tried some Starbucks coffee (not one of their other drinks, just regular black coffee) and holy shiat.  How can anybody like that crap?

Quality will depend on locality. Their beans aren't particularly amazing, but they are pretty solid in and of themselves. Your local Starbucks staff's knowledge of brewing and regularity of refreshing out the carafes has more to do with the typical poor quality than the coffee itself. One of our local Starbucks, a stand alone, has consistently good black coffee. Another, which is attached to our office complex and staffed by high schoolers, is almost always terrible. It is the same blend of coffee.

Same reason why people like/hate pizza chains. It's all about the local employees.


Agreed. I usually buy Costco's whole beans, but I can make a really good cup from Starbucks. In Portland, they'll brew you a good cup of joe. In Hawaii, it was awful. It was overheated. So hot it took nearly an hour to cool enough to sip. Not good. I'd guess that in Boston, Starbucks would be hit or miss, as all the coffee I had there was weird. Bostonians don't seem to like rich dark coffee, but rather a light brown version.
 
2013-06-20 10:19:01 AM  

Theaetetus: 47 is the new 42: I finally tried some Starbucks coffee (not one of their other drinks, just regular black coffee) and holy shiat.  How can anybody like that crap?

It's better than Au bon Pain's burnt shiat.


I've never had Au bon Pain's coffee, so I can't judge it.  However, if that is true, how the hell is that possible?
 
2013-06-20 04:03:11 PM  
their drinks are loaded with sugar, how could there be any surprises?
 
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