There's no name game this time, as they initially
screwed up my order and this is cup #2.
They're very popular during our office's late-afternoon Sbux run, and I've always been curious about them - what's not to love about a not-too-bad-for-you coffee "milkshake"? Today, as the omigodthisisthelongestdayever hour of 3:00 approached, I decided I'd try one out.
I did some carb research before I went on the Starbucks website, and I've gotta say I was a bit stumped. A grande light coffee Frappuccino - described by Starbucks as "a delicious blend of coffee, milk, and ice" - had 27g of carbohydrates.
Their "simple recipe": take dark-roasted coffee, add milk, blend with ice.
Seemed like a lot compared with my usual 13-gram cappuccino, so I decided to check out a more milky treat - the latte, "espresso in steamed milk, lightly topped with foam":
At 18g, the math still wasn't adding up. Still, for just a handful of extra carbs, I decided to hell with it and headed to Starbucks...where the adventure continued as I tried to order.
me: So, a light coffee Frappuccino? That's just coffee, milk and ice, right? No sugar?
barista: Well, there's the coffee base.
me: You mean coffee?
barista: Coffee base.
me, completely confused by "base": It's not just coffee?
barista: No, it's coffee base.
me: Um. I'm diabetic. I just need to know if there's sugar or if it's just coffee and milk like it says on the website.
barista: There's the coffee base. I think that might have some in it.
me: Uh...so if i ordered a light coffee Frappuccino I'd be getting...?
barista, grinning with understanding: Our Frappuccino with the least sugar in it.
Feeling like I would never get out of that insane conversation loop, I just ordered the darn thing. My takeaways? 1) Ten levels of frustrating: Bonus points to the helpful barista, but Starbucks's frakking website should have more detailed - AND ACCURATE - information. 2) The thing wasn't worth the hassle, as my usually sugar-free tastebuds didn't quite love all that tongue-shriveling sugar. 3) Dex says that - so far - their posted carb count info is at least correct.
So technically, today I had my first - and last - Frappuccino.