First there was espresso – a rich dark caffeine fix full of anti-oxidants – 1 fluid ounce (30mls) and 5 calories.
Then…. comes the latte – add lots of milk to that espresso. (See Caffeine Informer for the caffeine content of an espresso.)
And then…. comes that worldwide favorite Starbucks.
Starbucks have created more coffee abominations than you can throw a stick at. Coupled with their delightfully over-sized portions (and why is the smallest cupsize called Tall?), you have the privilege to imbibe an absurd concoction of sugar and fat.
Somewhere deep down in that cup is the poor humble shot of espresso.
The Village Voice observes some of the recent holiday-flavored Starbucks creations.
The eggnog series, though a cute idea, was offensive in execution. An eggnog latte consists of espresso, a lot of eggnog mix from a supermarket carton, and milk. It is the color of a Caucasian baby’s knees and the smallest size contains 25 grams of fat. Do people think because it is in some abstract sense “coffee,” that it doesn’t count?
Specialty Latte Calories
Other holiday and seasonal specialties include:
- The Pumpkin Spice Crème – where a medium size (Grande) comes in at 500 calories.
- The super-sweet Gingerbread Latte.
- The Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha has 440 calories (16oz).
- The Mocha Coconut Frappuccino with 410 calories (16oz).
(have a play with the Starbucks nutrition calculator).
Starbucks coffees are also known for their shockingly high caffeine levels.
Shoot me down for being a coffee snob, but this ever-increasing obsession with extravagant taste-titillation and over-blown portions is at the heart of society’s weight problems.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo De Vinci