Starbucks is a coffee company that was founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington in the United States by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegel and Gordon Bowker, and today it is one of the most popular coffee brands known worldwide. It has shops all around the world - in fact there are shops in 72 countries and territories. Besides the United States, Starbucks is most popular in China, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Starbucks is a huge company with a large profit, which means it can have a large impact on a lot of causes, so it has an environmental policy which made them more friendly to the environment. They reduced the size of their napkins and garbage bags and began to use recycled paper. At the start, Starbucks used to serve only coffee, but later on, it expanded its offerings to other beverage drinks and foods, mostly smoothies, teas, bakery goods and sandwiches. They started making Frappuccinos after they bought The Coffee Connection, and it has become one of their trademarks. Since they have offered a lot of drinks that are high in calories; they decided to offer lower calorie versions of their existing drinks in 2008. Those drinks are made sugar-free, but use natural sweeteners like honey or agave syrup. A year later, they included foods without corn syrup in their menus, which attracted customers who are concerned about their health. Also, Starbucks offers coconut milk, almond milk and instant coffee, so they have expanded their menu and now offer a lot more than just plain coffee or coffee with additions. Today, some Starbucks drinks have so many calories which are equal to the average recommended for a whole meal, and sugar amounts that exceed the daily recommended amounts.
Starbucks has standardized their sizes of cups, so they have the following sizes:
- Demi (3 US fl oz) – smallest size (espresso)
- Short (8 US fl oz)
- Mini (10 US fl oz)
- Tall (12 US fl oz)
- Grande (16 US fl oz)
- Venti (20/24 US fl oz)
- Trenta (31 US fl oz) – largest cup size
Starbucks Menu Items
The Starbucks menu offers a lot of products, but its two main categories are Drinks and Food. Among Starbucks Drinks, there are:
Starbucks Refreshers Beverages
(Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers Beverage)
These beverages are considered low-calorie drinks and do not contain over 100 calories, 20g of carbs and 10mg of sodium.
(Evolution Fresh Defense Up, Evolution Fresh Organic Ginger Limeade)
These drinks also do not exceed much over 100 calories, but they contain a little bit more carbs.
(Iced Espresso Classics - Vanilla Latte, Iced Espresso Classics - Caffe Mocha, Iced Espresso Classics - Caramel)
Because of the milk ingredient, they contain up to 150 calories and have less than 25g of carbs. Also, they contain a little bit more sodium which goes up to 90mg.
(Tazo Bottled Black Mango, Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade)
Brewed teas do not contain calories at all, grande shaken teas contain about 80 calories, but iced tea lemonades contain a little more, mostly because of the sugar. Overall, they do not exceed 150 calories, 40g of carbs and 20mg of sodium.
(Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso Salted Caramel Cream; Starbucks Bottled Mocha Light Frappuccino Coffee Drink)
The drink with the most calories in this group is the Starbucks Doubleshot Protein Dark Chocolate which contains 210 calories, 2.5g of fat and 115mg of sodium. But, averagely they contain 100-150 calories, 30-40g of carbs and 10-20mg sodium.
Freshly Brewed Coffee
(Blonde Roast, Caffè Misto, Coffee Traveler)
These coffees contain about 5 calories and 330mg of caffeine, and they contain a small amount of sodium (5-10mg of sodium). Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew contains 110 calories, 6g of fat, 14g of carbs, 1g of protein and 25mg of sodium. If they are served with milk they can have more calories. Depending on the type of milk you can add from 70 calories to 130 calories.
(Hot Chocolate and Tuxedo Hot Cocoa)
Hot Chocolate sized grande made with 2% milk has 320 calories, 9g of fat, 47g of carbs, 4g of fiber, 14g of protein and 160mg of sodium, and Tuxedo Hot Cocoa sized grande made with 2% milk has 470 calories, 19g of fat, 60g of carbs, 3g of fiber, 16g of protein and 230mg of sodium.
Starbucks Espresso Beverages
(Caffè Mocha, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato)
Most of them are made with 2 percent milk, soy or non-fat milk, and can contain up to 360 calories with 53g of carbs and 240mg of sodium. For example, a sized grande Cappuccino made with 2% milk has 120 calories, 4g of fat, 12g of carbs, 0g of fiber, 8g of protein and 100mg of sodium.
Frappuccinos Blended Beverages
(Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee, Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème)
These coffees can be customized to your wishes and can have up to 350 calories, but you can lower the number of calories by choosing healthier options.
Kids’ Drinks & Others
(Cascara Crème, Vanilla Crème)
These do not exceed 200 calories, 6g of fat and 135mg of sodium.
(Chocolate Smoothie and Strawberry Smoothie)
Smoothies can contain up to 320 calories, with 60g of carbs and 170mg of sodium.
Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas
(Ginger Ale, Lemon Ale)
These do not contain more than 100 calories and 30g of carbs.
Also, Starbucks has a wide range of food on their menu. Among Starbucks food, they offer:
(Apple Fritter, Blueberry Scone, Cheese Danish)
Among bakery goods, most caloric items are Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake with 490 calories, 24g of fat, 64g of carbs, 2g of fiber, 6g of proteins and 110mg of sodium and the Old-Fashioned Glazed Doughnut with 480 calories, 27g of fat, 56g of carbs, 1g of fiber, 5g of proteins and 410mg of sodium. On the other hand, there are some less caloric items like the Chewy Chocolate Cookie with 170 calories, 5g of fat, 30g of carbs, 2g of fiber, 2g of proteins and 110mg of sodium and the Parrot Cake Pop with 190 calories, 9g of fat, 27g of carbs, 2g of proteins and 110mg of sodium.
(Protein Bistro Box, Southwest-Style Steak Wrap)
Bistro Boxes are pretty caloric with items that have up to almost 500 calories, 30g of fat, 50g of carbs, under 10g of fiber, under 25g of proteins and up to 940mg of sodium. The highest calorie count belongs to the Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box with 470 calories, 28g of fat, 38g of carbs, 6g of fiber, 14g of proteins and 470mg of sodium. The Smoked Turkey and Swiss Sandwich contains the most sodium with 940mg.
(Birthday Cake Pop, Chocolate Cake Pop)
As the name says, these small sweets have less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, 23g of carbs, almost no fiber or proteins and average 100mg of sodium.
(Roasted Turkey & Dill Havarti Sandwich)
In this category, there is only one item - the Roasted Turkey & Dill Havarti Sandwich, which has 600 calories, 32g of fat, 47g of carbs, 6g of fiber, 32g of proteins and 1160mg of sodium.
(Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal, Ham & Cheese Croissant)
Hot breakfast items have up to 500 calories, and among them, the items with most calories are the Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & Egg Breakfast Sandwich with 500 calories, 30g of fat, 35g of carbs, 3g of fiber, 26g of proteins and 860mg of sodium and the Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Breakfast Sandwich with 500 calories, 28g of fat, 41g of carbs, 1g of fiber, 15g of proteins and 920mg of sodium.
Sandwiches, Paninis, and Salads
(Ancho Chipotle Chicken Panini, Egg Salad Sandwich)
The item with the most calories and sodium is the Turkey Pesto Panini with 560 calories, 23g of fat, 55 of carbs, 3g of fiber, 34g of proteins and 1230mg of sodium.
Yogurt, Fruit, and Spreads
(Berry Trio Yogurt, Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend)
As expected, yogurts do not have a lot of calories, but they offer a couple of options with a higher calorie count like Lemon Chiffon Yogurt with 340 calories, 13g of fat, 38g of proteins, 18g of protein and 95g of sodium.
Also, Starbucks has health and wellness options which include the following categories:
- Fat - 10g or less
- Fiber - at least 3g
- Protein - at least 10g
- Sodium - 600mg or less
If you are confused by all these numbers, and you really don’t like eating or drinking with a calculator in your hands, just take a quick look at the nutrition in the Starbucks menu and keep in mind to eat something with fewer carbs, fat and sodium, because proteins and fibers are really good for your health.
Starbucks Nutrition Facts
You can check out Starbucks nutrition food and Starbucks nutrition drinks on their official website, where they have listed every single item they sell, and you can check out all of their nutrition facts. Some sites even offer a Starbucks nutrition calculator, so you can calculate how much protein, fat, fiber or sodium you actually eat through your favorite Starbucks drinks and foods.
Ever since they started making coffee with a lot of different additions that make most of Starbucks coffees, people had concerns about Starbucks nutrition. Most Starbucks drinks and foods contain a lot of sugar and fat, and the reason people are concerned is because they drink coffee on a regular basis - once daily or even a few of times a day. One sized grande drink at Starbucks can range from 69g of sugar to 32g of sugar, and some drinks can contain even 79g such as the Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. So, if the coffee contains a lot of sugar that can cause a lot of damage to people’s health, it will not only make them overweight but also increase the risk of death from a heart disease. Starbucks nutritional information had made it to their menus in 2013 for drinks and pastries, so Starbucks nutrition facts are available to their customers so they can make dietary choices that fit them. They offer ingredients, calories and every other nutritional information for their customers to choose the right breakfast, lunch or snacks.
So if you are concerned about your health and sugar amount in your everyday coffee, make sure to choose a drink that has low calories and low sugar amounts like the Filter Coffee with 4 calories, the Cool Lime Refresha with 45 calories, the Cold Brew Coffee with 3 calories, the Caffe Americano with 11 calories or the Teavana Shaken Iced Tea with zero calories. But when it comes to food, you can always order a healthier version of a meal with fewer calories like the Birthday Cake Pop with 170 calories, the Blueberry Bar with 250 calories, the Petite Vanilla Bean Scone with 140 calories or the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Pop with 180 calories.
Since Starbucks is a huge company, here are some fun facts about Starbucks:
- The Pumpkin Spice Latte has its own Twitter account with 109k followers.
- Starbucks size grande coffee has 320mg of caffeine.
- The Trenta size cup is bigger than an average human stomach.
- Starbucks was the first brand to reach 10 million Facebook likes
- Starbucks claimed that there are 87,000 possible combinations of drinks.
- Starbucks offers many beverages that are high in calories, sugar and fat.
- They have also included low-calorie versions of many of the drinks on their menu, which use natural sweeteners instead of added sugar.
- Starbucks also has a food menu, which includes items with high calories and low calories.