Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Starbucks Big Gulp: Now available in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

So take this and multiply it by ten.

Some good news for those interested in filling their stomachs entirely with coffee: The Trenta, Starbucks' new 31-ounce-size cup, is now available at some New Orleans locations as part of a limited rollout. Starting today you can have your iced coffee or iced tea in the Trenta size, and then spend your entire day running around and peeing.

After some rumors swirled around the Internet yesterday, the coffee chain confirmed the existence of the Trenta in a tweet. Louisiana is among the 14 states to get Trenta-d in today's limited rollout, and all Starbucks stores will have the size by May 3 of this year.

So, how big is this thing? Here are some points of reference:

1. The next largest Starbucks size, which is already pretty big, is the 24-ounce Venti. Trenta drinks will cost 50 cents more than the Venti.

2. The Trenta is 31 ounces. Here is a container of almond milk, which is 32 ounces. It usually takes me four days to drink this. (Click to enlarge.)

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2. As illustrated in this graphic by the National Post, the average capacity of the human stomach is about 30 ounces. The Trenta is bigger than your stomach!

I've noticed lately how Starbucks has essentially become an expensive version of McDonald's (and McDonald's is becoming a cheaper version of Starbucks). There can be a line of cranky lawyers, Uptown yoga instructors and sweatpants-wearing college students from the Northeast spanning the entire length of a Starbucks store, but the coffee-making process is so scarily efficient that baristas are able to whittle the line down in minutes. Starbucks has also begun selling pre-assembled breakfast sandwiches the baristas prepare by popping in a toaster. At McDonald's, they're selling coffee and espresso drinks that aren't that bad at all, as well as "healthier" breakfast options like fruit smoothies and oatmeal, presumably to steer their products away from the hobo demographic and to the yuppie Starbucks crowd. Perhaps Starbucks feels a little threatened by McDonald's, and their coffee version of the "super-size" option is their latest coup? Or perhaps they're trying to corner the 7-Eleven market — the Big Gulp is 32 ounces — with the rollout of this grotesquely large drink.

But if you're nonetheless interested in trying the Four Loko of coffee drinks, I called the Starbucks locations in New Orleans, and all but the Shops at Canal Place (365 Canal St.) location are selling the Trenta (the barista I talked to said they should be getting it within the month, if you care). The other locations are: 2801 Magazine St., 7700 Maple St., 800 Harrison Ave. and 1451 Manhattan Blvd.

There are also locations in Metairie, Harahan and Kenner, as well as smaller locations in hotel lobbies and other places. Check the store locator for more details. Drink responsibly.

Via Aol News, Gizmodo and the National Post.

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