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You Ask, I Answer: Calories in Starbucks Iced Coffees

shaken_coffee_lgAccording to the calorie information at Starbucks, a venti iced coffee has 130 calories.

How can this be?  It’s just coffee and ice!

Are they assuming people are adding a certain amount of milk and sugar?  That seems silly, though.

– Theresa (last name withheld)
New York, NY

According to Starbucks’ strict coffee-making guidelines, baristas are supposed to add simple syrup (AKA liquid sugar) to orders of plain/black iced coffee.  Yes, even if you don’t ask for it.

In that case, a Venti would get 31 grams/7.5 teaspoons/124 calories’ worth of sugar.

However, in my nine years of consuming iced Starbucks coffees in New York City (and other Northeast states), I have yet to be handed a sweetened iced coffee.  Trust me, I would be able to tell, since I do not like to add sweeteners to my coffee.

Your mileage may vary, though.  Some baristas may specifically ask you if you want your iced coffee sweetened or unsweetened.  Some, though, may follow company policy to a “T” and sweeten it for you.

I recommend you ask your local barista if their store automatically sweetens all iced coffee orders.

Again, if you never add sweetener to your coffee, you would obviously notice.

However, if you assume you are getting unsweetened coffee and automatically add two sugars to it before taking a sip, you may not be aware that your Venti cup may already contain as much sugar as a can of Coke!


One Comment

  1. Becca said on July 8th, 2009

    YIKES OMG! I wonder if Beaners and McDonalds and other iced coffees have that stuff in there as well!?

    Good post!

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