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Starbucks lightens up its espresso drinks

Post by Marcelene Edwards on May 31, 2007 at 1:56 pm |
May 31, 2007 1:56 pm

Those lattes at Starbucks will soon come with less fat.

Starbucks Corp. said today it will replace whole milk with 2 percent as the default milk for its drinks by the end of the year.

Here’s what that means to you: A 16-ounce "grande" latte made with reduced fat milk has 190 calories, compared with 260 calories in one made with whole milk.

But if you love extra fat with your espresso, don’t worry. Customers can still request their drinks with whole milk, the company said.

Starbucks said it made the switch based on increased requests from consumers for low-fat milk in stores, as well as increasing purchases of lower fat milk in U.S. consumers’ homes.

The coffeeshop company tested the 2 percent espresso drinks in Jacksonville, Fla.; Orange County, Calif.; the state of Oregon; and London, Ontario, in Canada and said the results were "overwhelmingly positive."

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