Starbucks Faves

I love tea. A lot of tea lovers don’t love Starbucks. It’s understandable. They don’t use quality tea and the tea they have is from Teavana, so it isn’t exactly as good as the stuff you might get online. However, sometimes you are in a fix and can’t steep your favorite. But, you CAN find a Starbucks 9.5 times out of 10. When that happens, here are my thoughts on their menu:

Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Tea Latte
I like this tea, but it has a little aftertaste. I usually get mine with Soy Milk, because I think it tastes better and has a bit more body. Everyone I know who has tried it has loved it. One person said she liked it a LOT more than the Pumpkin spice Latte that gets so much love. She called it her new holiday drink that she can drink all year long.

The Mango Black Tea
If you’re a lover of Dian Hongs, don’t get your hopes up. I’m not sure which black tea they use, but it doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had in my infuser. However, if you are looking for something to hold you over until you can get a good steep, it’ll do the trick. I get it without water, because it’s stronger and without sweetener, because the Mango does enough of that. Again, there is a slight aftertaste. But, overall, it’s pretty good. This and the PGTL are my usual go betweens when I need something cold.

Peach Green Tea Lemonade
If you love green teas, don’t expect a lot. It is a GREAT tea and I love it. But, it is more Peach and Lemonade than green tea. (The regular Green Tea is still an option and I get it half sweet if I am going that route) It doesn’t taste like the over-sweetened peach teas you’ll find at a restaurant. This one is a little tart…just like a peach. You can taste a bit of the green tea, but only if you look for it and know what you’re looking for.

Matcha Latte
Matcha lovers, be forewarned…you’ll need a seat. This is Matcha, yes. But, it has a bit of sugar mixed into it already. When I order this, I get it with soy, no sweetener and extra Matcha. So much so that my regular Starbucks calls me Matcha. lol It isn’t bad, it’s pretty good. But, don’t go in with expectations. Just embrace it for the commercial token Starbucks has released it for.

Strawberry Acai Refresher and Verry Berry Hibiscus Refresher
These aren’t teas. But, they are pretty good and sometimes I order one of these instead. It just kind of depends on my mood. And during the summer, they are just that. Refreshing. They are worth a try and only 150 calories in a Trenta!!

Don’t mind a Coffee?
I used to be a pretty big coffee drinker. Nobody ever believes me, but when I was in Texas, I used to order seven shots of espresso in the morning and a double espresso Caramel Macchiato after lunch. I can give coffee recommendations for Starbucks like I used to work there. If you’re daring, I got seven shots of espresso, straight every morning. A little less daring, you can get it as an Americano (where they add water). Like it a little sweeter? How about seven shots of espresso and seven of white mocha? I called it a seven and seven. Not feeling like rocket fuel today? I always say you can’t go wrong with a Caramel Macchiato or a Cappuccino. There are always Lattes, the Skinny isn’t too bad if you’re watching your figure.
In case you’re wondering, yes…I’ve drank all of these. I give Starbucks so much money that I am a Gold Member until March 2017. I can’t even earn stars towards my membership until next year.  🙂

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