Why can’t Starbucks use regular size names?

by admin on October 21, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I like small, medium and large as size names. Starbucks uses Tall, Grande and Venti as their size names. How to decipher that? Below is a table showing you the sizes of the drinks. All volumes are in ounces.

Size

Hot

Cold

Short

8

N/A

Tall

12

12

Grande

16

16

Venti®

20

24

Here are a few things to notice:

  1. The Cold drink Venti is larger than the Hot drink Venti. So if you’re buying for kids (as my wife often does) it is cheaper to order the Venti size and ask for another cup. The real trick is to get the kids to agree on a drink so that you can split it.
  2. I’ve read in a couple of different locations that the name Venti® derives from the Italian word for twenty, spelled exactly the same (without the uppercase): venti. If anyone knows for sure, post a comment and tell us how you know. Let’s prove or disprove the urban legend.
  3. You can only get the short (8 ounce) size drink by asking for it by name. If you request small, you’ll get a tall. You can only get the small for the hot drinks.

If you want to see the nutritional information for anything served at starbucks, goto: http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_info.asp there is a link for food and one for drinks.

If you want to understand all the lingo that starbucks uses with respect to their beverages, here is a great link: http://www.quicksilverweb.net/sbucks/sbcharts.htm

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