A few weeks ago I got the idea to blog about Starbucks. I was originally thinking about their frappuccinos because I was starting to see people post about them with the warmer weather. I loved frappucinos when I was younger. I would get one as a treat when I was teaching quite often. I was not a regular coffee drinker and in fact didn’t like the taste of coffee very much but loved frappucinos and mochas. You know, coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee. Since having kids, I now have coffee daily and my taste buds have changed quite a bit. I cannot stand the taste of mochas or frapps anymore.
As I was forming the idea of this post, Stacy and I both asked our friends on Facebook to post their coffee/drink orders. We did have some non-coffee loving friends post their drinks. I was expecting to see people talk about the ever popular frappucino but out of 50+ posts, I saw maybe 1 or 2 mentions of the frapp. I was honestly surprised by the responses we got on our pages. It was made up mostly of people brewing their own coffee or just getting Starbucks (or Dunkin’, etc) as an occasional treat. We had a few people say they were frequent buyers but it was a boring order- something I would get myself like a plain coffee with a milk alternative. No one owned up to the daily or weekly frapp.
However, one of Stacy’s friends made a comment that I should break down the responses into groups by ages. Great idea! Wish I would have thought of it earlier! My own experiences with coffee totally supports the idea, too. The younger crowd likes the super sweet drinks like the frappucino. Take a look around the next time you are in a Starbucks or a Target that has a Starbucks in it. You are bound to find a younger person with a frapp. It is also why I was surprised by the boring responses we got on Facebook. Since I am WAY closer to 40 than I am 30, the majority of my friends are going to be older and drink the boring coffee drinks. Why is that? I can only attest my own experiences but I would assume most people feel the same way. First, taste buds tend to change as you get older. I didn’t like the super sugary drinks anymore. I actually like the taste of plain coffee with a little milk. Second, as the years go on, I am more aware of my health. I consume things that are healthy as opposed to filled with junk. I feel like the two go hand in hand. As you become more aware of what you are putting into your body, your preferences thankfully change. I don’t crave super sweet drinks anymore. Another reason I tend to stay away from places like Starbucks on a regular basis is money. The specialty drinks are on average $5 each! Yikes! I did discover that the basic coffee drinks are not as expensive but it is still cheaper to brew at home.
I did try a mini frappucino recently. I wanted to get the new S’more flavor I have heard about so much but got distracted by their caramel ribbon crunch frapp. I love caramel anything.
The verdict? It was only okay. I would never crave it and I had to remind myself to even finish it. And did you notice the sugar content in the MINI drink that I consumed? 41 grams of sugar. In one tiny drink. Out of curiosity, I did a quick google search and read that women should have about 25 grams of sugar in one day, per the American Heart Association’s recommendation. Yikes. One tiny drink had almost double my sugar intake for the day. I am no nutritiontist but 41 grams of sugar is just too much, recommendation or not. Oh and I did buy the S’more flavor frapp in a glass bottle recently. I really wanted to try that particular flavor. I didn’t even finish it. Gross.
As always, I encourage you to take a look at what you are putting into your body on a daily basis. I am, in no means, slamming Starbucks. I still buy their drinks on an occasional basis. I definitely believe in sugary treats- treat being the key word. Life is too short to deprive yourself of sugar (or whatever it is that you consider a treat). To the older and wiser (ha) crowd, I raise my mug of boring coffee to you. Cheers.