If you’re inside the COD Starbucks in the SSC anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., you’ll see a crowd of students in line, sitting at the bar studying with a frappuccino and a pastry, or lounging at the tables or couches socializing with their lattes, textbooks open and calculators out. According to General Manager Lynn Konicek, our Starbucks serves approximately 800 people a day and they sell around 800-900 drinks a day.
Their best sellers are specialty lattes, such as the Chai Tea Latte, the Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Vanilla Spice Latte, or the seasonal Pumpkin Spice and Eggnog Latte.
Konicek says the top three sellers are Mocha Lattes, Carmel Macchiato, and flavored Lattes. As yummy and enjoyable Starbucks drinks are, it can be frightening to learn about the amount of calories you’re consuming every week, and how those four-dollar lattes add up to shocking amounts of cash you’re spending every month.
Some blame Starbucks for the obesity crisis in America. Others complain that it is overpriced and that Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s coffee tastes better.
The Organic Consumers Association claims that “If your daily routine includes swinging by Starbucks for a quick latte, you may be well on your way to diabetes, obesity, or both.”
Unfortunately, this could be true considering one drink has roughly the same calories as a full meal, without any nutritional benefits. This doesn’t exclude the savory pastries either. The popular carrot cake has 600 calories; the “low-fat” muffins have 360. All this said, a basic breakfast of a muffin and coffee could add up to over 1,000 calories, which equals two meals. Fortunately, the adorable little cake pops are somewhat in a reasonable range with 170 calories in the Birthday Cake Pop and 180 in the Salted Caramel Cake Pop.
The average student who visits this convenient coffee shop at least three times a week is consuming over 1,000 calories alone every week and is spending around $50.00 a month, which adds up to around $250 per semester. Not to mention they are also drinking over 20 teaspoons of sugar every week.