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There is a Starbucks where I work and I find myself going almost daily. I do not like black coffee, so I usually wind up with a mocha or some other "wimpy" drink. To cut calories I ask for no whip but I stick with the whole milk for flavor. Anyone else out there have suggestions for cutting calories out of coffee drinks? Or does anyone else have coping strageties or temptation problems with Starbucks?

Mon. Jun 26, 11:52am

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try the hot tea...very minimal calories and lots of h2o!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:08 PM

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Order a reg. coffee and put milk in it. It truly cuts down the calories down by a 1/3. But another thing I woudl try is going to somewhere other than starbucks. Starbucks coffee is burnt, which is why it's so hard to make it taste good for under 3.95. Illys coffee is the BEST.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:40 PM

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Avoid any drinks that have added syrup, they add about 70 more calories. Exampels would be the mocha valencia (orange syrup) or the minty drinks. Do the mocha drinks have chocolate syrup?

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:49 PM

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You can probably easily transition to 2 percent or skim milk in a drink. You could have them make it with half whole milk and half skim to start. You can also ask for half the chocolate syrup in a mocha or sugar free syrup in other drinks.

Coffee with steamed milk is another option - it's half coffee, half steamed milk, so it's light and frothy but not too strong. So for the 16 oz size, accounting for the foam, that's actually less than 8 oz of milk (skim = about 90 calories).

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:07 PM

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Coffee with steamed milk is called Caffe Misto or Cafe Au Lait on the menu.

Check out their nutrition facts online as well. The tall caffe mocha with skim and no whipped cream has 170 calories; with whole milk 240.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:10 PM

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the light carmel frapachinno's are awesome!
also the double shot drinks that they sell in the can are awesome i get them and ask for a cup of ice and put it in there to water down the drink a little (140cal)

also ice green tea unsweetened and add a pack of splenda

and if you absolutly need something to eat from there their rice krispie treats are awesome!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:14 PM

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hungry girl!

Check out

Lisa (the site's owner/writer/food guru) has a great Starbucks Survival Guide.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:34 PM

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I've learned which coffee places have which kinds of sugar-free syrups. At Starbucks it's Vanilla and Hazelnut. Caribou is Vanilla and Caramel. Other places may have other types of sugar-free syrups. My drink of choice is either an Iced Grande Non-Fat Sugar-Free Hazelnut Latte or a (hot) Grande Non-Fat Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte. But as the latte accounts for my one dairy allottment and the caffeine makes me giddy, I only allow them for myself on those days when I work all night.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 2:07 PM

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the Espresso Cappuccino Light, or Coffee Frappuccino Light, are both around 80 cals for a tall w/o whip. The coffee one is sweet enough for me. The mocha and caramel frappuccino light's are around 110 cals, I think. Not bad either.

A tall latte w/ skim and a packet of Splenda is 120 cals, which is what I usually get if I go. My FAVORITE drink is a tall chai tea latte w/ soy milk, which is 190 cals, so I stay away most of the time. The same drink w/ skim is 170 cals, and with whole is 210 cals. If you like the flavor of soy, give that a try. You'll gain protein, and lose 20 cals in 12oz.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 2:41 PM

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caramel frappucino with non-fat milk & no whipped cream. I used to be addicted to mochas before a coworker introduced me to this. A grande is about 180 calories, and there is no sacrifice of taste. I actually prefer it over the mocha.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 3:22 PM

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Above me - that's only for a caramel frappuccino light, not the regular type. But true.

Also, gives nutritional info, and displays it very well. You can choose the size, the drink, and the type of milk. It's really nice - I wish all restaurants had such useful info!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 4:03 PM

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try a coffee with skim milk and sugar-free vanilla syrup? that's relatively low-cal. or an iced black coffee with splenda?

beware of iced caramel macchiatos!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 4:37 PM

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think of the $

I stopped going to starbucks becuase of the damper it put on my wallet. I started to add up monthly how much money i was spending there and it made me sick. The $ part is what got me to stop going to starbucks not the calories.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 4:41 PM

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OP here - the $ thing stopped me for awhile, but then they started giving out these cards - buy 9 and the 10th is free. so now everyone at work (not just me) uses their 10th to get the biggest drink possible with everything added.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 8:08 PM

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Half and half

I add half and half to my Starbucks coffee. The little bit of cream cuts the edge off of my hunger for hours.

As to getting the biggest coffee for your 10th "free" one, think of it this way - if someone offered to give you a free extra half pound of flesh to stick on top of your tummy, would you take it just because it was "free"? Well, that is pretty much what you get for "free" from Starbucks because their most caloric beverages are somewhere between 1500 and 2000 calories.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 10:34 PM

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I stopped going to starbucks completely.

I drink coffee in the office with fat free coffee creamers (like hazelnut and french vanilla).

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:02 PM

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SF Skim Vanilla Lattes

Before i got so sick of them I drank skim, sugar-free vanilla lattes or cappuccinos. Here is something good to know: skim milk froths better than 2% or whole because there is no fat to weigh it down. Lattes and cappuccinos taste much better with skim milk (I think) because they are foamier. For hot chocolate,or chocolate milk, whole milk is heavenly, however.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:33 PM

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Why waste your money getting an over price drink if you don't like the taste of coffee? Starbucks has the worst coffee, the drip is always bitter and burnt so its no wonder people have to have a drink with all kinds of sugary crap in it. If for some reason you go there because it is there and you want to cut calories, ditch the mocha and whole milk, get something like an americano and put a little cinnamon and 1/2 & 1/2 in it.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 1:34 AM

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Starbucks Iced Coffee Light

This just in --- Starbucks has introduced 11 oz. cans of Italian Roast coffee with only 35 calories and 1 g of fat. I just saw an article about it and haven't actually seen them on the shelves or tried them out, but I thought I'd pass along the info! They're apparently on the supermarket shelves. Good luck.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 1:45 AM

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Oh man... I worked for Starbucks and while I saved money by not having to purchase my drinks, I paid for it in pounds of fat...

My tips:

*Know your drink... each pump of regular syrup is 20 cals, mocha is 30, and white mocha is 40.
*If you like foam, get nonfat like a previous poster mentioned. A good barista will be more than delighted to make you a beautiful dry cappucino than go blend a Frappuccino. Add a raw sugar packet to the top of the foam, once it melts it's heavenly!
*Sugar free syrups are 0 cals, at Starbuck's there is only vanilla and hazelnut.
*Ice teas are refreshing but come sweetened. My drink is iced green tea with just one pump of peppermint, for 20 cals I get a 24 oz. minty tea that is full of flavor.
*Watch out for drizzle! Some baristas will drop a whole bottle of butter caramel on top of that frappuccino light when it is already flavored w/ caramel syrup.
*LADIES, BACK AWAY FROM THE PASTRY CASE!! Nothing in there is less than 400 calories, except the caramel pretzel rods dipped in chocolate which weigh in at 300. It's just not worth it! Also, the wording is tricky!! Low fat muffins may still have 500 calories and reduced fat items may have 30 grams of fat, but they could have had 45... If you're going to eat something from there, get the fruit cups w/o the dipping sauce they have in some of them, it really is about the only decent thing there.

Any questions?? I'd be happy to answer them.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 2:11 AM

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I just posted, and I meant to put how many pumps of syrup in each size:

2 in an 8 oz.
3 in a 12 oz.
4 in a 16 oz.
5 in a 20 oz.
6 in a 24 oz. iced drink

So, if you get an iced white mocha w/o whip cream, the syrup alone is 240 calories!!

And the most horrific drinks one can order:

24 oz. Strawberries and Cream Frapp. w/ whip... 870 cals
20 oz. Breve (steamed half and half) white chocolate mocha... 900 cals

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 2:14 AM

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two shots of espresso

and one square of chocolate. yum!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 4:38 AM

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Iced Americano with a little 1/2 and 1/2 or skim - you choose. I love this iced on warm days, hot on cool ones. There is only about 20 calories in a tall Americano, then whatever milk or cream you add. I can not believe more people are not on to this extremely low calorie way to have your coffee. I always have a little 1/2 and 1/2 - for me that makes the drink, but for lower calories just use a little skim. I ask for extra room and light ice and put in about an ounce of 1/2 and 1/2. If you simply must have some other flavor ask for syrup, your still going to come in lower on calories.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 5:37 AM

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I personally don't like Starbucks coffee - the beans are over-roasted, giving the coffee a gross burnt flavor (particularly for those of us who like to drink our coffee black). However, I just got a $25 Starbucks Gift Card yesterday, so I'm really glad to see all of these suggestions.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 11:19 AM

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i get a large earl grey tea with just an inch of water to steep the tea bag-and fill the rest up with steamed soy milk. i don't know how this breaks down nutritionally, but it's delicious and under 3 bucks...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 11:31 AM

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To the person who got a Gift card

If you like black coffee and don't care about those adult 'kiddie' drinks they sell for 4-5 bucks, did you know that you can ask for any coffee they carry and ask them to prepare it in a french press? Could be a good way to sample some of their more exotic coffees.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 2:03 PM

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I'm the person with the gift card - I like black coffee, but not Starbucks' coffee - they over-roast their beans (as far as I can tell, all the varieties), so the only coffee I order at Starbucks is a skim latte.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 2:48 PM

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Someone told me the other day that adding whipped cream to a Starbucks adds 150 calories per drink... OUCH.

I've started drinking ice 1 splenda nonfat latte (tall is about 1 serving of dairy) and that gets me the social aspect without the calories - and gets one of my pesky dairy servings out of the way.

Another option is just an iced green tea with a Splenda.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 3:21 PM

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To the black coffee drinker with a gift card - french press does improve the taste of any coffee (since the grind is also more coarse, there might be less exposure of the burnt sides of the beans).

But you are right, I care less about their coffee, I hate their decor (no personality and ugly!) and try to give my business to local independent coffee houses as much as I could.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 4:55 PM

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Yes, a lot of people seem to find the coffee tastes burnt, but I love it, and obviously so do millions of other people. I would love to support more local coffee places, but find that most of them do not make very good coffee, but I do support the few that do.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 4:40 AM

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To the 6/27 2:11am poster. Did you really work at Starbucks? If so when was this? I live in the Seattle area (home to Starbucks) where every corner has one on it, lol. I know every Starbucks I've been into and this goes for out of state as well has way more then 2 sugar free syrups, I know this for a fact because I'm a diabetic. And the Iced Tea, which are somewhat newer, don't all come sweetened, they ask you if you want it sweetened but you can ceertainly get them unsweetened. And I don't know what Starbucks you worked at or what state but here every place has a different selection in the pastry case, and you can actually find some okay choices which are lower then 300 calories and less then 15 grams of fat, but yes the overpriced fruit cup is a better choice but so is walking to a store and getting 3 pieces of fruit for the price of the fruit cup.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 9:40 AM

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I have never seen a Starbucks with more than 2 sugar free syrups (California and New York), and I know this for a fact because it is my favorite thing to order. And the pastry case NEVER tempts me because I know that everything in there only looks good, and never lives up to taste expectations...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 10:33 AM

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i always laugh at the pastry choices that are "reduced" sugar or "reduced" fat. reduced by how much? for all i know, it is reduced from 40 grams of fat to 39. that goes for any product that is "reduced" in fats or sugars, not just starbucks pastries.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 11:28 AM

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Make your own!

I like Starbuck's chai latte but it was also hurting my wallet so here's what I did....

I bought the chai tea from them and made my own at home and took it to work in a travel mug or thermos. It saved $$.

You could do the same - you can buy Starbuck's coffee from Starbucks and make it at home - I find it's cheapest to buy from the grocery store. You should try and gradually change to skim milk instead of whole milk in your coffee as well. Wean yourself off of it by going to 2% then 1/2% then skim. Soy also adds nice flavor to coffee and is much better for you.

Good luck! I know you can kick the Starbuck habit and enjoy the extra $$ somewhere else like a new wardrobe when you lose your inches!!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 11:33 AM

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tip for using soy milk in hot beverages-i find that most soy milk brands, not all, tend to separate when added to a hot drink. except silk brand. it comes in many flavors, so you can add a little flair to your coffee.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 11:49 AM

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Starbucks coffee just tastes bad. I don't understand their success. It tastes like burnt mud. What is all the brouhaha about?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 12:03 PM

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I tried Starbucks once and I agree with you all it tastes like burnt toast. Glad we have Tim Horton's here in Canada their coffee is the best.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 10:01 AM

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If I had a $25 Starbucks gift card, I'd go in and buy myself a french press, or a couple pretty travel mugs, etc.

Their coffee tastes like burnt crap. Their espresso is really good though, but once you add all the extras, it's too many calories for me. I think they purposefully make their coffee burned, so people buy more of the expensive and fancy espresso drinks!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 2:41 PM

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i don't understand why the op feels she (or he) has to buy anything...if you don't really like or want what they offer, could you bring a bottle of water to work with you and just take a stroll outside of your job place? you wrote that you find yourself going there-it seems like you are maybe just doing this because it's become a habit? i think you should try to pocket the money that you would spend at starbucks every day for a couple of weeks, bring in your water, and see how much you have saved.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 3:24 PM

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anyone see "the latte factor" on oprah? all about the money you can save every week/month/year on giving up certain things you really don't need. hmmmm...

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 3:26 PM

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I just had to comment and agree with the original poster. I too find myself going there. I happen to like the most fattening drink there (i think). The white chocolate mocha. I have tried it with fat free milk and no whip but it is not the same. I just use it as a little treat every now and then. I always get the tall, cannot imagine the calories in the Vendi!

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:42 PM

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With whole milk? The venti white chocolate mocha with whip is 628 calories and 29 grams of fat. The only things I see with more calories than that are the white hot chocolate and the strawberries & creme frappuccino.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 7:49 PM

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OMG... We went to starbucks the other morning and I got a pc of no-sugar added banana nut bread, I could have had a glazed donut for the same calories. I ordered a non-fat grande latte, to take to work, we got busy and I never even drank any.

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 9:03 PM

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top posting- this thread is a treasure!

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 6:54 PM

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Although I hate their regular coffee, an iced, sugar free vanilla, americano (that's espresso mixed with water) is YUMMY! I add a splash of ff milk if I'm feeling decadent. This has been my drink of choice for years since I love coffee, but don't want to spend my calories on something that I can't chew.

The hot version of this is good too, but I have to put milk in it...

Thursday, August 31, 2006, 8:16 PM

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Larry's Beans

Anyone ever tried this coffee...really great, lots of varietes in different roasts. I agree, Starbucks tastes burnt. Even ground and put in a press, not the same flavor as Larry's. Not crazy about their politics either, they came to the fair trade, shade grown table very late and not all of their coffee is fair trade.

Friday, September 01, 2006, 6:58 AM

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Make a pot at home buy a good flavored creamer and then you don't even need to add sugar. If it's not sweet enough add splenda. You can also make iced coffee at home too, just pour cooled coffee (make it the night before) over ice, add cream and splenda. I totally had a major addiction to Starbucks until my husband lost his job. It was the first luxury to go. I have saved in the hundreds and waistline since. Once you go without it for a month or so, it tastes so sweet and gross that you won't even want it anymore.

Friday, September 01, 2006, 11:07 PM

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I like that idea, I need to get my coffee pot back out and stop giving Starbucks all my money!! And yeah, it'll help the waistline too, hooray.

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 12:57 AM

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Likewise, I don't like Starbucks coffee for all the same reasons those who've posted don't either - its bitter and it costs way too much. Unfortunately, they are a bit of a monopoly. I work next door to the Starbucks Center headquarters in Seattle and there are two of them within 500 feet of my builiding - with no others within walking distance (other than Krispy Kreme. Sheesh what's a dieter to do?!?!) Seriously - I was spending like twice my grocery budget on coffeehouse coffee and pastries. It ADDS up!
My solution? I invested in a nice thermos, brewed my own GOOD coffee at home, bought my favorite creamer and a cute mug, and I take it to work with me. I'm trying to get a pool going with my co-workers to get an espresso machine in the office!
If you find you must have espresso, try an Americano. It's much smoother than drip, but with a few splashes of halfnhalf, is just as rich as a latte - with less calories!
Btw, avoid the marshallow krispie at Starbucks. You'd think it would be light cos it's just 'malllows and krispies, right? Well that square has more fat and calories than a bag of m&ms!! yikes.

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 4:06 AM

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how cute would this be to take your coffee to work in!

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 4:15 AM

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OP follow-up

i have to go to a lot of differnet locations for work. yesterday i started back at the location with the starbucks. last time i was here regularly was in april. starbucks didn't even cross my mind yesterday until they were already closed (i've been working all night).

instead of starbucks, or those silly frappucinos and espressos from the grocery store, i've pulled out the old coffee pot. i wake up about 1-2 hours before i need to get up for work. i put on a pot of coffee and sit like a total zombie in front of the tv. i add a vanilla cinnamon creamer to the coffee and it is perfect to help me wake up. then i keep watching the news for another hour or so. for some reason if i watch the news like a zombie while i'm still waking up, i don't feel like i have wasted time. but if i sit like a zombie in front of the tv after work, i feel guilty. anyone else? maybe i'll start a new thread about this.

and i think the above coffee thermos is very cute. and i love all of the ideas from this thread.

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 4:27 AM

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OP again - for a good laugh, look at the weird times people are posting when they write about coffee. for example, mine is at 4am local time.

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 4:27 AM

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Starbuck's success

I agree their coffee is too strong, but I like them because they:
-- always have soy milk
-- always have decent bathrooms
-- always take credit cards
-- always professional service
-- always good for studying (decent tables, outlets, don't kick you out)
-- always pretty clean
I've gotten tired of all the little local coffee shops that whine about Starbucks but can't bother to have these things...

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 9:27 AM

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Can anyone who has worked at starbucks tell me what the ingredients of the light mocha frappachino are? How is it different from the regular? Is it true that you can have them substitute soy milk for any drink?

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 10:26 AM

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I believe they use Splenda instead of sugar, and lowfat milk instead of whole. I don't think you can substitute soymilk with it cos it's a pre-blended mixture.

Saturday, September 02, 2006, 2:33 PM

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I'm so elated to see so many starbuck haters. I am in Seattle and its just sickening to see one on every frigging corner. Sometimes you can walk down one street and see two on the damn street. They have the worse damn coffee, always bitter, always burnt and way over priced. Its also the only coffee that gives me a headache if I don't have a cup. I will admit that when they used the old style of making the coffee it was somewhat better but now all the baristas do is press a button, and for this they think they deserve a tip? I can't imagine giving someone a tip for pressing a button, slapping a lid on it or worse pouring a drip. I used to love Torrefazione Italia Coffee but then Starbucks bought them out and they turned to shit and then they closed them down. I constantly hear people complaining about how bad the coffee is but yet they still buy there coffee there, wtf? Oh, for all you soy drinkers, you should try rice milk instead, much better flavor but of course starbucks doesn't have that option.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 2:28 AM

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as far as getting a headache from caffeine withdrawal, that really should not be brand specific. any strong coffee should do. perhaps it's psychosomatic, if you link it only with starbucks?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 10:02 AM

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Why is Starbucks so addicting? I can drink regular coffee one day on, one day off but with Starbucks once I have it one day I NEED it the next. Its such a bad expensive habit.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 10:41 AM

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lowfat mocha frappucino. SOOOOOO good and no reason to feel any guilt. perfect snack.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 12:32 PM

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personally i like the bitter coffee.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 9:00 PM

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I am a coffee snub and when ever I drink starbucks (which isn't often) I get a headache also the next morning if I don't have starbucks again. This can go on for 2 days. Any other coffee I don't have that same affect. I doubt its psychosomatic and I doubt its caffeine withdrawals. I know other people who the same experience as well.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006, 9:29 PM

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I have not gone to starbucks in a while, and I used to go almost every day. I think what clinched it for me is the simple realization that much better coffe exists out there. I either make it myself, or I go to a local place.

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 2:57 PM

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I usually buy a case of the hazelnut single serve creamers to put into my coffee when I drink it (I don't drink coffee often.) I'm not really a big Starbucks fan, although I like their bottled frappacinos which surprisingly have a lot less calories than a regular coffe...

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 11:32 PM

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Avoid it completely unless it's a special occasion. Diner coffee is much better.

Friday, November 17, 2006, 7:00 AM

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I agree with the poster who mentioned Starbucks being addictive. I don't know what they add but to me, I find it VERY addicitve. I went from being a once in a while coffee drinker at home to a 3 or more times a week Starbucks addict. My waistline has increased even though I order nonfat, no-whip mochas (venti). I like to hear others discuss their solutions to the Starbucks habit. While I like the flavor of their coffee (which is the sole reason why I go there) it is hurting my wallet. I am about to go through a divorce and will need to start spending less money. Many people here have posted some great ideas for saving money and calories at Starbucks (by cutting fat or brewing at home) and I really appreciate this forum.
Thanks PT!

Sunday, November 19, 2006, 3:38 PM

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I love Starbucks! I started drinking mochas and now I drink regular or iced coffee. I use skim milk and 2 raw sugars(only 20 cals per packet).
I used to use splenda, but I recently read a study that artificial sweeteners are so, so bad for you! And through clinical trials, it's been shown that regualar soda drinkers gain LESS weight than diet soda drinkers. There's a whole bunch of science behind it, but the bottom line is don't eat that chemical crap! It messes with your brain! The artifical sweeteners have also been linked to depression! That's the big one that made me stop.


Monday, November 20, 2006, 1:22 PM

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home starbucks

I know an environmentalist will freak out but...One of of my favorite things about take out coffee is the cup with the lid. I know you can get plastic and metal reusable ones but my husband loses them at work (> 5 $ each = ca-ching!)
So I bought a carton of lids and a box of hot cups from costco (smart& final also has these) about $15.00 for 500 of both.
Now when I make coffee in my home coffeemaker I add 2 Tbl half and half or 1/4 cup whole milk (the fat gives texture and I love milk in coffee and is 1 point for those amounts). sometimes I add cinnamon, vanilla extract or sugarfree almond extract (a couple drops flavors whole pot)

Monday, November 20, 2006, 8:11 PM

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starbucks strategies

a tall non-fat latte is 2 weight watchers points.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 5:57 PM

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that's what I had tonight! how coincidental! i never go to starbucks! anyway, it's 120 calories (i don't do points)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 9:42 PM

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I get an americano and add just a little half-and-half (2 tablespoons is only 40 calories) and then sprinkle on some cinnamon or pumpkin spice sprinkle and mix it up. Yum, and a rich creamy drink for only 40 calories!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006, 5:21 PM

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They have sugar free syrups you can add to the coffe and cheese and fruit platters here in NY

Friday, November 24, 2006, 8:01 PM

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starbucks freak-a-holic

I know how bad starbucks is on the wallet and the waistline, but damn it's so convenient.. I am definitely addicted.
But I think from now on I am going to do the trick with the americanos and the half and half...

Saturday, November 25, 2006, 9:51 PM

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yeah, but that number (40) isn't right, because coffee itself has a few calories. 9 per cup drip, I don't know about espresso.

Saturday, November 25, 2006, 9:55 PM

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I alternate. Many mornings I have only a plain cup of coffee and then I save certain times for mochas and the like. You can always indulge if you do it sometimes rather than all of the time.

Monday, November 27, 2006, 8:54 AM

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I treat it like any other coffee place. I buy a cup of black coffee, but now that it's up to 2.00 and I never really liked the taste, I go to other places.

Monday, May 14, 2007, 8:40 PM

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yes they have chocolate syrup

the mocha is made with 1 bag of powder (you can see the sugar in it) and 2 L of hot water. in a tall mocha, its 3 pumps of syrup; grande: 4; and venti: 5.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 12:32 PM

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the rice krispie treats are about 600 calories. they are one of the worst things on the menu.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 12:33 PM

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Caramel macchiato

I used to get a tall caramel macchiato, whole milk, THE WORKS. Now, I order a decaf soy-latte at Starbucks or at Peet's and I allow myself this only on Fridays (as a treat for finishing the week). Other then that, every morning I make myself decaf coffee with a little bit of coffee-mate at home. You save money and calories! Do what works best for you and come up with a plan to curb your addiction! Good luck.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 2:54 PM

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Starbucks- Yuk!

Having worked at Starbucks, I can tell you that there is nothing healthy about the coffee there. All the coffees are made with espresso shots (which is a serious amount of caffeine) and can cause headaches.

I have mixed the mocha and I have blended the Frappuccino mixes, and it is all chemicals and premixed powders. The only thing that is actual coffee is the plain coffee and iced coffee. I used to drink Starbucks coffee and chai like a mad woman before I worked there. Since then, I don't touch the stuff. And if you knew how things were prepared, you wouldn't either.

Friday, May 18, 2007, 10:46 PM

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hopefully I am not repeating someone and I apologize if I am but make sure you are aware of the damages in your country. I have a member in my group from another country and her starbucks is not quite as damaging as U.S.A starbucks. Dont take all of these threads literal because I am sure they are from around the workd

Monday, May 21, 2007, 5:03 AM

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The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge