Starbucks Trenta

So Starbucks is unveiling the Trenta, a 31 ounce drink. And shortly after that, someone posted an image about the Trenta having the same capacity as an average human stomach. And everyone seems to be weighing in on the issue. So, I guess it’s my turn.

I don’t see what the big deal is in Starbucks making a larger sized drink. Maybe it’s because I’m stuck eating so much fast food, but it seems to me like they’re behind in super sizing things. Maybe it’s because coffee drinks are high in calories, and so a trenta size Starbucks frappucino is going to be around 650-700 calories. Maybe it’s because people have a lot/hate relationship with Starbucks. I don’t know.

What I do know, is that most fast food restaurants routinely hand out 32 ounce drinks with their “value” meals, or drink promotions. McDonalds offered up $1 sweet tea that was 32 ounces, Carls Jr has a deal where buying their biggest drink (44 ounces) will get you an entry to get something from the upcoming Green Hornet movie, Burger king has made it so a medium drink is 32 ounces, and most Taco Bell combos include a 32 ounce drink. At least, that’s what I’ve seen at most truck stops.

I know that some people argue that a 32 ounce drink isn’t bad, they can fill it with unsweetened tea, or diet soda, so they’re not getting all the calories. I have also seen this isn’t usually the case. I see people drinking 32 and 44 ounce non diet soda all the time. I’ve also seen more than one person who’s decided the 32 ounce Burger King milkshake is what they really need. Usually it’s accompanied by a decent sized sandwich and deep fried side. The shake’s nearly 1000 calories.

So, to sum up my rambling, I don’t see what the big deal about Starbucks adding a 31 ounce cold drink to their menu. It’s not like we don’t have a dozen other options for high calorie, over sized drinks.