Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Starbucks' new Trenta size big enough for a Sasquatch

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 8:45 AM

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You've probably walked into Starbucks dozens of times over the past few years and thought, this 20 oz. Venti is just about 11 ounces short of satisfying my thirst.

Well, your call for gluttony has been answered. Starbucks unveiled the Trenta on Sunday, which at 916 ml (a shade under 31 ounces) is actually bigger than the holding capacity of an average adult's stomach.

Missouri is not one of the 14 new states that will be able to purchase the drink today. The South and Southwest have that honor. The Trenta arrives in California on February 3. The nationwide release is May 3, which gives you four months to work on expanding your stomach.

The Trenta costs 50 cents more than the Venti and becomes the largest size on Starbucks' menu. It was test-marketed last year, and the Seattle-based coffee chain explained that America's oversized appetite for iced drinks is the reason that the coffee bucket was brought into existence.

I can't decide if this is Starbucks embracing the eating-challenge culture of our nation or finally acquiescing to the idea that they are no longer a premium coffee shop. Either way, when you're dishing out nearly a quart of iced beverage (tea, coffee or lemonade), odds are that it's not the finest iced drink for sale on the block. It's simply the biggest.

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