I walked into Starbucks today to get my normal black coffee (a major step forward for me recently is to only order a Grande instead of the normal Venti I was going for, slightly patting myself on the back) and after the barista brought me my coffee proceeded to tell me about a holiday promotion that they are having until January 2 and gave me the foldout pictured below and above.
Several things struck me about this encounter, the first being ‘why does this barista think that someone who ordered black coffee with no room wants to buy five hot milkshakes?’. Looking at the particulars of this offer, you have to buy five of their specialty drinks before you can get a free drink (of any kind I think).
Looking at the four drinks that are part of this offer: Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread latte, Crème Brule latte, and the peppermint mocha, all of which are part of their espresso drinks. From the chart below (which was pulled directly from Starbucks.com) the drink with the lowest calories would be a tall Gingerbread Latte coming in at only 190 calories (not bad, but have you seen a tall, one looks like a giant drinking out of a regular sized cup) and the worst being the Venti Eggnog Latte tipping the scale at a whopping 610 calories.
Even if one were to order the smallest drink with the least calories you would still be taking in an extra 925 calories (that would be the 950 for those lattes minus 5 calories per five cups of regular coffee). ON the other side of the scale, if you ordered the worst drink you would consume an extra 3,025 calories, plus the extra drink you are going to get free.
Some of you might say so what to an extra 925 calories, but with Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Years, and Halloween right behind us, I don’t think any of us can afford any extra calories this time of year (more of this later about how the extra calories you consume on Thanksgiving can stick with you the rest of the year).
Is it too much to ask that Starbucks not temp us with special deals (really I have to buy five at least $3.00 drinks to get one free), advent calendars, cookies etc? I just want a regular cup of coffee, no room, and nothing else, so please stop asking if there is anything else I want with my coffee.