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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trenta

Trenta


What kind of former Starbucks employee would I be if I didn't bring up the "trenta."  (The what-a?)  Trenta.  (Ah, okay.)  Trenta is the latest addition to Starbucks' beverage size offerings.  Behold!


That bad boy on the left there is the Trenta, sized up against the now-paltry Venti.  It doesn't look all that different, right?  It is.  You see, I still have many friends who work there and I got lay eyes on one on Monday, the night before its big debut.  Here's how it went:

Friend:   Hey, Cole, have you heard about the Trenta, yet?
Me:       Yeah, they were testing it in very select markets about a year ago before I left.  Why?
Friend:   Starts tomorrow.  Check it out.  (Friend scuttles to the back and returns with the new cup and hands it to me.)
Me:       Hmm.  (I carefully wrapped my hand and my brain around the wholly American idea of a fifth drink size option.)  Well, it doesn't look that big.
Friend:   Yeah, but look at the Venti.  (No scuttling to the back for this one.  He placed one on the counter less impressively.)
Me:        Oh . . . 
Friend:   Yeah . . .
Me:        Oh my . . .
Friend:   Yeah . . .

Talk about lions, tigers, and bears.  The new Trenta size is obscenely large, 31 ounces to be exact.  Starbucks has been historically good at listening to their consumers' wants and needs, but I think this brushes awfully close to socially and corporately irresponsible.  The only reason it doesn't cross the line is because supposedly, you can only get it filled with iced tea or iced coffee.  But let's face it, people will be asking for the forbidden trenta-sized frappuccinos . . . low-fat of course.  :)

9 comments:

FALEN AKA THUNDERCAT832 said...

I cannot drink 31ounces of coffee...it makes me wanna boo-boo o.O

Maggie said...

wow, i'm a complete coffee fanatic and i don't think i could handle that!! its huge!
-Maggie
www.maggie-jean.com

Paige said...

just thinking aobut the trenta gives me a boner.

Penny Lane said...

This is going to be my new morning coffeebsize once it comes to new york

Girly said...

I think you'll probably appreciate this:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/01/17/graphic-how-big-exactly-is-starbucks-new-trenta-size/

Sam said...

That is huge! I can't imagine anyone ordering it! But of course, a lot of people will... oh, silly Americans...

France Rants said...

just came across your blog. fun stuff!

and when i saw this post, i just had to put this our there: as an ex-starbucks employee, i'm wondering on your take of my starbucks post.

i'm not sure if this link will work, but hopefully you can find it.

http://francerants.blogspot.com/2011/01/starbucks-rant.html

France Rants said...

p.s. it's under january - starbucks.

and i meant to say 'of your take'...

ah, what's a little grammatical errors amongst bloggers anywho??

Cole Garrett said...

Hey France, thanks for stopping by. I strolled over to your post and commented! :)

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