Thursday, February 16, 2006

Death by Starbucks 

Oh no.  Starbucks is at it again.  First they experimented with the uber chocolatey Chantico, which The Guyfriend and I tried and found the first sip to be good, but overall it was just too intense and would be best used as a base for really good hot chocolate.  Just last week Starbucks announced that they were eliminating it from their lineup, but blamed it on control issues of customers.  The spokesperson said something to the effect of it was a really great hit and the customers loved it, but Starbucks customers complained that it only came in one size and had no add-in options.  You see, their customers like to specify size, syrup, caf/decaf, type of milk, extras, etc., but they didn't allow any of that with the 6-oz Chantico. 

Hey Starbucks!  It's not that we wanted to request a frande triple shot, half-caf, soy, no foam, no water added but extra whip Chantico.  It would have been nice to have it in a larger cup that could accommodate the steamed milk that it desperately needed.  I mean, a spoonful of brownie batter is nice, but six ounces?

Anyway, this winter they introduced the Cinnamon Dolce Latte.  Mmm.  Nice.  Definitely to be limited to an occasional treat, however, unless I want to blow up like a balloon.

Now they've just announced their latest – Marble Mocha Macchiato.  It "begins with an intense hit of rich dark chocolate and espresso, and finishes with creamy steamed milk and sweet white chocolate."  Are they trying to kill us?  At least we'll die with a warm, happy feeling on our taste buds.  Must try.  Just one.  Really.  Just one. 

Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:38 AM