Could It Be?

September 16, 2008

I will admit I am a huge Starbucks fan. Unlike some others I know, for me this does not translate to frequent visits. It is much too difficult for me to part with $5.

I kind of like it this way though because it has remained a real treat for me. Back home I went about 3 times a month. It would be my meeting place with friends to catch up or something to cheer me up when I was having a really bad day.

By the way, have you ever been to a Starbucks in Seattle. I’ve never heard such complex orders in my life. I actually felt a little stupid when I just ordered a non-fat latte. I felt like I should be more creative or something.

Okay, back to the point.

Well, surely you’ve noticed how desperately hard they are trying to appeal to the health conscious. Considering the fact that they have always had a skinny latte, yet now they feel the need to market it.

I’ve never really had a hard time choosing a healthy beverage there. Their pastries are a different story.

I rarely get one, but when I do it has to be a scone. Unbelievable! Luckily I have as much of a conscious about consuming 500 calories in 3 bites as I do parting with $5.

When I saw all their ads for healthy foods I thought – Here we go. Lets load ‘em up with sugar and fat replacers and call ‘em healthy.

But I got a friendly marketing email from them last night.

Could it be that they’ve actually created a truly health option? Part of the email stated,

Together they are made from a range of great ingredients, including whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds. None contain artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.”

Now, I haven’t seen the whole ingredient list, but this is enough to make me look into it. Here are the products if you haven’t seen them yet.

Now, I can’t say this will make me start buying breakfast there. It is really just a specialty coffee place for me. I still need to see the calorie content, but I am glad to see the bit about the sweeteners.

They may provide a better option for those frequent visitors. Well, that is as long as they don’t pair it up with a venti, whole milk, white chocolate mocha every day.

Photo by blitzkrieg,

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  • Mark Salinas September 16, 2008 at 6:17 am

    I like my coffee straight up! 🙂 I like your site btw….will be back for sure! Thanks!

  • Lori September 16, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Yeah, I never go to Starbucks for just coffee. As long as it isn’t horrible I can get coffee anywhere for a lot less money. It is the specialty drinks I love though. 🙂

  • Jenn September 16, 2008 at 6:44 am

    No HFCS? Sign me up! 🙂

  • Erica September 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I am totally thrilled with the new products! They have oatmeal, rolls that come with almond butter, and “homemade” granola bars! Go starbucks! I love skim mistos (ie coffee with steamed milk!)

  • Lori September 18, 2008 at 5:42 am

    They will definitely need a better choice when you need a quick breakfast.
    I was wondering what a skim misto was. I’ve never ordered one. I guess it is kind of like a cafe com leite or cafe au lait. I’ll have to get one next time.