The Starbucks Trenta: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Coffee and tea drinkers everywhere will have a new option in May when Starbucks launches their super-sized Trenta, a 31 ounce option for iced coffee and tea drinks. The new cup, currently being tested in some Starbucks locations, has been met with a great deal of criticism since its debut in January. 
The main concern? The new size plays into our American culture of “bigger is better” and is an unhealthy option for those looking for a caffeine fix. Luckily, the new size is only available for iced coffee and tea drinks.

What is so unhealthy about the Trenta?

-The Trenta cup holds 31 ounces, or 961 milliliters. The average stomach has a 900 milliliter capacity.

-The Trenta holds about 1/4 of the amount of food/liquid you need to burst your stomach. Yikes!

-An iced coffee in the Trenta cup would have 4-6 times the caffeine of a typical cup.

-Numerous bloggers have shot videos that show that the Trenta can hold an entire bottle of wine, with room left over.

-An adult bladder holds about 500 milliliters of fluid. Yes, the Trenta is almost twice that capacity.

-The LA Times reports that the Trenta could add 200 extra daily calories to its consumers, which equals a weight gain of two pounds per month.

The Trenta joins the Big Gulp and the Coolata in a terrifying trend of supersized drinks. At a time when 20% of our youth are obese, should we really be selling a cup that holds more liquid than a human stomach can handle?

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Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado6 years ago

It is so expensive to have coffee outside the house. You get more cups of coffee for the same amount.

Nicole B.
Nicole B6 years ago

I drink unsweetened black iced tea which has zero calories. I LOVE the idea I can get more of it, and contrary to the tone of the article, I do not drink it all in some insane caffeine fueled over-consumptive manner, rather I sip it throughout the day. My stomach will not burst because Starbucks offered me a larger size, I am rational enough to know when to stop. Besides, it only applies to iced coffee and tea, again, which if unsweetened, have zero calories. I like the new option!

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Good gobbledy goo!

Why not just drink a Monster and kill yourself faster?

Rose N.
Past Member 6 years ago

Humans just keep on consuming, don't they?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

I'm always amazed at our over-consumption. But I'm old, and don't understand the desire for a lot of the new gadgets.

Amber M.
Amber Beasley7 years ago

that's too much coffee for anyone.

joanna e.
joanna e7 years ago

It's easy to expand your stomach but it hurts to shrink it.
I'm overweight; I know.

Frank S.
Past Member 7 years ago

Starbucks should be called Morebucks. Its prices are over inflated

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers7 years ago

When will they learn!!!

Dawn W.
Dawn Wheeler7 years ago

I bet it will have a supersized price! Drink coffee at home.