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Jan 7, 2007 04:50 AM

starbucks green tea latte is really gross

It's not even like I had high (or any) expectation for this. And I was craving some tea latte kind of thing and Starbucks was right there, and I haven't been there in a long time, so I thought maybe I'll try something new....

It was really bad. First of all it wasn't even from tea leaf or tea dust, but some kind of powdered substance that has the split pea soup color. I knew I was in trouble when I saw that. And then it doesn't even taste remotely like green tea, just a weird chemical taste that's a bit drying and hard to describe.

Avoid at all cost.

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  1. I haven't tried that, looks too weird and scary to me. The chai lattes aren't bad next time you are craving tea at Starbucks.

    1. I agree. I actually tasted a sample of the green tea frappucino thing they were marketing last summer. I thought it might be safe. Disgusting!!! Didn't bother with any other weird concotion they included green tea in.

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      1. re: rumgum

        The green tea blackberry one? I ordered one of those this summer....it went in the trash two sips later. It was TERRIBLE. Worse thing I'd ever had at a Starbucks.

        1. re: ziggylu

          yep. when you mix it, the blackberry just darkens the sea green color into YUCKY. and then there's the whipped cream that just curdles into it. i saw someone order a grande and watched as they stirred it.

      2. The powdered substance you are speaking of is called matcha -- REAL green tea, the kind they use in Japanese tea ceremonies.

        Unfortunately, Starbucks's matcha is premixed with sugar. There is more sugar in the mix than matcha. Which is sad. Then they add melon syrup, which really isn't necessary.

        So yeah, their green tea latte is gross. But don't knock the matcha.

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        1. re: Radical347

          Where did you get the info that their matcha is mixed with sugar?

          1. re: abbefaith

            I doubt they use matcha. It is way too expensive. Their powder is probably something totally artificial.

            1. re: ngardet

              I used to work at starbucks and it is macha and it does have mixed in sugar too.

              1. re: ngardet

                they actually do use real matcha. I get extra everytime. and I found out that is real by doing an interview with some of the actual business associates

                1. re: kathrynstrelow

                  With 55grams of sugar in the grande size there's a whole lot more sugar than matcha involved

            2. re: Radical347

              It actually is matcha-- just matcha mixed with way more sugar than anyone should consume.

              And then they add syrup to the mix. Ugh!

              1. re: Radical347

                Matcha Tea – A Nutritious Beverage

                Sugar Free
                High in Fiber
                Zero on the Glycemic Index - will not raise insulin levels
                Rich in Antioxidants and Chlorophyll

                Right off the package of Starbucks Matcha product.

                I drink it with non-fat milk sugar free vanilla (no melon) and it's only 120 calories. It's healthier than mochas with coffee, whip topping, sugar syrups that is ick! Green tea lattes are so good and it's an acquired taste....If you are use to coffe tasting things with tones of garbage then the green tea isn't for you.

                1. re: donaldromi

                  I didn't say matcha tea is bad, but rather, the starbucks version is awful.
                  I've had matcha flavored tea in other places, and some of them I liked.
                  But Starbucks definitely put too much sugar and other things in their version.
                  The Chinese supermarkets sell better tasting instant packages...I think Mr. Brown or something is the name?
                  Anyways, you shouldn't make a broad generalizations like the last statement when you clearly misinterpreted the initial post.

              2. I had one this past summer & I almost vomited. I'm not a picky eater, but this was plain ol gross. I guess it serves me right for ordering an expensive bastardized version of green tea.

                1. I'm not surprised - do you ever put milk and sugar in green tea? It just doesn't work.

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                  1. re: piccola

                    um...yes...it's uh, called bubble tea...it's like everywhere...