How cool would it be to enjoy your favorite frappuccino with less sugar and fat? Thanks to Starbucks' latest project, coffee lovers may get the chance sometime soon.
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The coffee retailer is currently testing its adored whipped cream goodness in a "mini" size in select stores in Denver and Houston, says Maggie Jantzen, a Starbucks spokesperson. "We’re looking forward to learning more," she said. Right now, the smallest size you can get at Starbucks is a tall, which clocks in at 12 ounces. With the new mini, customers would be able to get their caffeine fix in a tiny 10 ounces.
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Some frap junkies might protest that's too small, but at the end of the day, you have to give them a high-five for the portion control efforts. Many blended coffee drinks come high in calories, sugar, and fat. Drinks at Starbucks vary by size and flavor. A tall caffè espresso frappuccino is generous at 270 calories. Ordering the larger venti caramel frappuccino, though, would send you up to 510 calories. For a 2,000 calorie diet, that’s one-quarter of your intake for the day.
Even the smaller, 12-ounce caffè espresso comes with 11 grams of fat and 38 grams of sugar, and you really shouldn’t have more than roughly 25 grams a day of added sugar per the World Health Organization’s recent recommendations. So far, no word yet on the fat and calories in the new 10-ounce size.
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However, a smaller portion of coffee may be just what you need to enjoy a bit of caffeine without all the added bits. Let's hope that Starbucks is on its way to making the mini frap a reality for everyone.