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starbucks green tea latte is really gross

zorgclyde Jan 7, 2007 04:50 AM

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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    lisaf RE: zorgclyde Jan 7, 2007 08:21 PM

    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. rumgum RE: zorgclyde Jan 8, 2007 03:31 AM

      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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        ziggylu RE: rumgum Jan 9, 2007 04:28 PM

        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.

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          rumgum RE: ziggylu Jan 9, 2007 04:59 PM

          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.

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        Radical347 RE: zorgclyde Jan 9, 2007 06:35 AM

        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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          abbefaith RE: Radical347 Mar 7, 2007 09:09 AM

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

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            ngardet RE: abbefaith Mar 12, 2007 01:12 PM

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

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              bkh238559 RE: ngardet Mar 12, 2007 05:09 PM

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

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            PseudoNerd RE: Radical347 Mar 19, 2007 08:37 PM

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

            And then they add syrup to the mix. Ugh!

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              donaldromi RE: Radical347 Jun 15, 2007 10:21 AM

              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.

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                zorgclyde RE: donaldromi Jun 16, 2007 09:29 PM

                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. RaleighRocker RE: zorgclyde Jan 10, 2007 12:39 AM

              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.

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                piccola RE: zorgclyde Jan 12, 2007 12:46 AM

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

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                  AngelSanctuary RE: piccola Feb 20, 2009 02:23 PM

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

                2. NiKoLe1625 RE: zorgclyde Jan 12, 2007 01:47 PM

                  its pretty gross. i love green tea and i love starbucks, but that drink was nasty. However, i do love the green tea frappucino!

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                    Ida Red RE: zorgclyde Jan 13, 2007 05:36 AM

                    I like Macha lattes, but when you order it from Starbucks, you have to stress NO added sugar! That with low fat milk is ok. If you ge it with soy milk, then it is too sweet.

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                      abbefaith RE: Ida Red Mar 7, 2007 09:09 AM

                      you mean no melon syrup?

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                        pescatarian RE: Ida Red Mar 7, 2007 02:07 PM

                        yup, I get mine half sweet, and with nonfat milk and it's good

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                          PseudoNerd RE: Ida Red Mar 19, 2007 08:39 PM

                          There's no way you can have the matcha latte with no added sugar-- there's sugar in the matcha powder mix that they use. They'll warn you about not adding melon syrup to the thing as well.

                          They really ought to warn people ABOUT adding melon syrup to it.

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                          Lia C RE: zorgclyde Jan 14, 2007 03:43 AM

                          Yet, the matcha smoothies at JambaJuice are great.

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                            bourbongirl RE: Lia C Jan 18, 2007 07:47 PM

                            Agreed! The matcha green tea mist is super yummy!

                          2. SauceSupreme RE: zorgclyde Jan 17, 2007 01:05 AM

                            I prefer the green tea drinks from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, if you've got that chain in your locale.

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                              LilLibellule RE: zorgclyde Jan 18, 2007 07:44 PM

                              Yes, their green tea lattes and frappucinos are really, really gross. The matcha they use is sub-par and much too sweet. I prefer traditional, non-bastardized matcha.

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                                miepie RE: zorgclyde Mar 5, 2007 02:32 PM

                                I love Starbucks greentea latte. I've been to Japan were I had my first real green tea. (matcha) It's a taste you have to learn to like it. Starbucks did al real great job with their green tea latte.It taste the same as the green tea latte in Japan. I had some (well a lot) puffs in Japan with a green tea creamy filling, the same taste as the green tea latte from starbucks.

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                                  boilergirl RE: miepie Feb 20, 2009 10:41 AM

                                  I enjoy green tea lattes, but definitely NOT Starbucks green tea lattes. I currently reside in Japan and their Starbucks green tea latte is no match when it comes to Starbucks green tea in the U.S. So it does not taste the same. Japan has no melon taste what so ever.

                                2. septocaine_queen RE: zorgclyde Mar 5, 2007 08:29 PM

                                  I love my green tea ice blended from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It tastes just like green tea ice cream. The one at Starbucks is disgusting and has an off green tea taste. It is too sweet and not fragrant enough.

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                                    SauceSupreme RE: septocaine_queen Mar 16, 2007 05:54 AM

                                    Agreed. The Starbucks green tea drinks are way too sweet.

                                  2. abbefaith RE: zorgclyde Mar 7, 2007 09:11 AM

                                    i love the green tea latte! i get it with soy and half the amount of melon. it's only good iced though...

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                                      Ida Red RE: abbefaith Mar 29, 2007 06:54 AM

                                      Yes, becuse you taste more sweet when items are warm/hot

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                                      starbucksbrew RE: zorgclyde Mar 11, 2007 11:19 AM

                                      Clearly even among those of us who like the green tea latte, there are a dozen ways to make it. I love the green tea latte and even know how to make it at home, from ordering it at Starbucks enough times and paying attention. I don't think their matcha green tea has sugar added to the powder mix, because the powder is so fine and you would be able to see sugar in it (and it would be a lighter green). If you think it is bitter, you might be at a Starbucks that does not put the melon in unless you ask for it (we have one of those Starbucks locations, I don't usually go to that one). If you get soy milk, they use vanilla soy milk, which adds more sweetening. If you don't like it sweet, ask for no melon and don't get soy. Personally, I love it with melon and the vanilla soy milk, and that's how I make it at home almost every morning. I even have a little handheld milk aerator that makes it foamy. Cheers!

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                                        abbefaith RE: starbucksbrew Mar 12, 2007 07:27 AM

                                        i like it with melon and the vanilla soy as well. where did you find the melon syrup and matcha to make it at home? i can't seem to find either... i have some matcha from trader joes but when i got it home i realized it was mixed with other stuff.

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                                          g7a4ld RE: starbucksbrew Jan 16, 2008 09:41 AM

                                          I'm currently experimenting with making the green tea latte at home as I find there is no consistency at the stores - either too sweet, not hot enough, or not enough matcha and after paying $4 each time, it gets to be a bit frustrating. The last time I went, the guy was trying to put whip cream in it. I've never had any one do that before! I like the starbucks green tea latte but with half the syrup (2 pumps) and with an extra scoop of matcha in a grande and even with these instructions they sometimes double the syrup instead of halving it! I bought some of the melon syrup to make at home but it still tastes too bitter so I am guessing they must put sugar in their matcha powder or my melon syrup is fake. They could always grind up the sugar to a fine powder as well so you may not be able to tell... Anyways... still in the experimentation process of getting it exactly the way I like it... getting closer every day!

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                                            lawilson2002 RE: starbucksbrew Jan 15, 2009 02:35 PM

                                            I recently found my love for the starbucks green tea latte, including the melon syrup. Now that Starbucks has discontinued this flavor syrup I am having a difficult time finding it. Do you know where I can purchase the melon and also straight matcha powder? I found Matcha tea bags at henry's but the consistancy is too gritty! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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                                              abbefaith RE: lawilson2002 Jan 26, 2009 11:42 AM

                                              I'm not sure where to tell you to go, but I do know that the matcha powder at starbucks is mixed with sugar so it will be difficult to duplicate the exact consistancy and taste even if you do find the matcha powder. All I know is I'm so sad about the discontinuation of the melon. Please call or write to starbucks to tell them you want it back! If enough people complain, maybe they will bring it back!

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                                                momof3 RE: lawilson2002 Jan 28, 2009 06:30 PM

                                                Try to buy a bottle of the syrup at one of the stores. I know we still have a few and since we aren't using it anymore we would be happy to sell it off. All the stores are able to sell the syrup bottles to the public. There is a "sku" and a barcode on each bottle. Good luck!

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                                                  abbefaith RE: momof3 Jan 29, 2009 05:15 AM

                                                  yeah i've thought of that, but then i will have to carry it around with me everywhere. i will feel kinda silly. haha. how much are they btw? :)

                                                  1. re: abbefaith
                                                    momof3 RE: abbefaith Jan 29, 2009 02:20 PM

                                                    about $6. you might also be able to do it from Starbucks.com
                                                    we have a customer that purchased a number of bottles of orange syrup when it was being discontinued and does come into the store with it for us to use in her drinks. You could always put just a little in a cup that you bring from home, then you would get the added bonus of .10 off your drink each time.

                                            2. hch_nguyen RE: zorgclyde Mar 11, 2007 11:41 AM

                                              I actually didn't think the Green Tea Frappucino at Starbuck's was half-bad. I'm no green tea aficionado, however.

                                              1. chica RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 01:32 AM

                                                The last time I saw a full cup of that green tea latte was when it left my friend's hand as it dropped into the trash. The Frappucino's is okay, but I think it's mostly the ice and sugar that makes it good on a warm day. I think it's better to stick to real green tea - china green tips or the zen.

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                                                  ccbweb RE: chica Mar 19, 2007 09:08 PM

                                                  Ditto, I made it two sips and about 10 steps out of the Starbucks, dropped the thing in the trash and got a drip coffee at a stand between the Starbucks and my office to cleanse my palate.

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                                                  monkfanatic RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 01:40 AM

                                                  go to lollicup.com to look for the nearest location near you, it's a chinese chain store, they serve over 50 drinkes and snacks, the ice coffee and tea is great, go and try it, you will not regreat

                                                  1. izzizzi RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 12:27 PM

                                                    I think everything at Starbucks is overly sweet. I think they're spread too thin and quality is going down...I remember it being alot better.

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                                                      karen2006 RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 01:43 PM

                                                      Heard from a friend that the Green tea Frappucinos at the Tokyo Starbucks was really good. I think they over-sweeten for the american market?

                                                      1. pescatarian RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 01:52 PM

                                                        I didn't mind Starbucks Green Tea Latte (half-sweet, non-fat) until I tried Second Cups' version. Much better. Also, half sweet and non-fat. It's not as sweet and it's creamier despite being non-fat. I don't put milk in my tea, but this is a different thing altogether IMO and it tastes good.

                                                        1. abbefaith RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 02:12 PM

                                                          never heard of second cup... where is it at?

                                                          1. pescatarian RE: zorgclyde Mar 16, 2007 03:22 PM

                                                            Oh, sorry, abbefaith, it's a Canadian chain. There are a lot of them here in Toronto. Almost as many Starbucks.

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                                                              abbefaith RE: pescatarian Mar 19, 2007 07:59 AM

                                                              oh bummer for us!

                                                            2. Nestra RE: zorgclyde Mar 20, 2007 02:25 PM

                                                              I tried one of those this past summer. It was terrible. I haven;t met anyone who liked it. I really have to wonder sometimes how they handle their product tasting panels during the R&A phase of new product development. They are a big company, they must have some procedure beyond, "gee, this sounds like a cool idea, let's try it" and rolling out ectoplasm green slurry topped with blackberry goo to stores nationwide. Nasty. There have been several concoctions lately have have gotten a big eyebrow raise from me.

                                                              1. ArikaDawn RE: zorgclyde Mar 20, 2007 03:00 PM

                                                                I almost tried the green tea latte last time I was at starbucks, but chickened out. The last time I decided to get something different I got a chai latte and didn't love it so have since just been sticking with what I know I like. I don't go to starbucks often and am too cheap to risk $5 on something new I may or may not love. I will probably be ordering my tall nonfat sugar free vanilla latte with a packet of equal and dash of cinnamon until the day I . . . well, stop going to Starbucks.

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                                                                  abbefaith RE: ArikaDawn Mar 21, 2007 07:35 AM

                                                                  you should try it, but it's much better iced and ask for only 1 pump or no pumps of melon. it's really quite good despite the haters on here. if you like green tea ice cream, you will like it, and personally i prefer it with soy.

                                                                  1. re: abbefaith
                                                                    Nestra RE: abbefaith Mar 21, 2007 10:10 AM

                                                                    By all means, try it. Different stokes and all that.

                                                                2. im_nomad RE: zorgclyde Jan 16, 2008 02:11 PM

                                                                  i really like the green tea latte.....make with skim and if possible sugar free syrup - no whip...and i really like the starbucks version, the one with the melon. i don't care for frappuccino anything, way too rich. I love the chai lattes too. I have had the Second Cup green tea latte but the vanilla syrup or whatever they use, just doesn't do it for me. I like matcha everything....in green tea ice cream...you name it. super hard to find where i live. Plus i love the freaky green color !!!!

                                                                  Someone gave me real matcha for x-mas....yay !!!!!

                                                                  1. im_nomad RE: zorgclyde Jan 16, 2008 02:14 PM

                                                                    p.s. i hear the earl grey latte is also very good....it's called..London Fog or something along those lines??

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                                                                      momof3 RE: im_nomad Jan 18, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                      You can always get a "tea misto" which is a seeped tea bag with steamed milk.
                                                                      YOu can order that made with any of the teas offered with any type of milk.

                                                                    2. jfood RE: zorgclyde Jan 18, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                      Hey guys, let's go to Starbucks for a healthy drink. Maybe order a Tazo Chai Latte with Soy Milk. Sounds so healthy lets get a venti. Now let's take a look at what people have put in their bodies:

                                                                      Calories 290
                                                                      Fat Calories 30
                                                                      Sugars (g) 52

                                                                      Slap hand against forehead - "I could have had a Milky Way"

                                                                      Calories 224
                                                                      Total Fat 8.2g
                                                                      Sugars 30 g

                                                                      Back to a large plain coffee with skim milk for jfood with a milky way on the side..

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                                                                        paper_bag_princess RE: jfood Jan 18, 2008 04:15 PM

                                                                        I tried the red tea latte a while ago. It smelled like a barn and tasted disgusting.

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                                                                        get a clue RE: zorgclyde Feb 25, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                                        You have no IDEA and really should ask. The green pea substance is called matcha and is a super potent powder form made from the tips of green tea. It probably doesn't taste like green tea to you because it's not your typical low budget green tea. I LOVE starbucks green tea latte, made with matcha, and ask them to omit the melon syrup. You are in for a treat becauase this green tea is PACKED with antioxidants, will speed up your metabolism, and gives you a caffinated boost. Do not avoid, ENJOY! p.s., I also purchase matcha green tea from muzitea.com

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                                                                          im_nomad RE: get a clue Feb 25, 2008 01:47 PM

                                                                          i'm beginning to notice i, like you , am in the minority for being fans of this stuff.... I don't live near a starbucks and i have to have one of these things anytime i'm anywhere near one, so it IS a treat to me (sorry jfood, you can have your milky way). Nearly had my luggage go to the lost and found recently, waiting in line for one recently at the airport.

                                                                          i get the sugar free vanilla syrup lately, but i like my tea sweet (unlike my coffee).

                                                                          Based on the price of this stuff...it HAS to be packed with something !!

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                                                                            ccbweb RE: im_nomad Mar 5, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                            Ah, but if you're getting skim milk and sugar free syrup, then your treat is _way_ more reasonable than the standard green tea latte.

                                                                          2. re: get a clue
                                                                            Slicey RE: get a clue Mar 5, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                                            I LOVE Starbucks' Green Tea Lattes. I'm really surprised to hear so many people can't stand them. However, I didn't know they included melon syrup in the lattes - now I know why one Starbucks once asked me if I wanted it unsweetened. I was surprised and said that I of course didn't want it sweetened. I didn't realize that I had been served sweetened versions of it before. I couldn't really taste the difference, though. To me, Starbucks versions (sweet or unsweet) taste basically the same as any green tea latte, hot or cold, or smoothie that I get at the Matsuwa Marketplace (Japanese superstore) in Chicago. I would prefer to make it at home and save myself some money, so if anyone has any tips on what brand Matcha to buy or a specific way to mix it I would appreciate it. From now on, I'll ask for my Starbucks version without syrup, but as long as they use the powder (and not the Tazo liquid concentrate) I think it tastes great.

                                                                            1. re: Slicey
                                                                              snowjewel RE: Slicey Mar 21, 2008 08:53 AM

                                                                              I love Starbucks Green Tea Latte too. But it IS an acquired taste. Anyone that says that adding milk to green tea doesn't realize the difference between a leaf brew and matcha. Anyways, you can get what is called "Ingredient Grade" or "Restaurant Matcha" online. It isn't the high quality matcha used in tea ceremonies. Rather it's a matcha that has a stronger flavor used in green tea ice cream, lattes, and the like. Plus, it's only about $30 per pound (compared to $30 per 20g for the high grade stuff).

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                                                                                stellamystar RE: snowjewel Mar 21, 2008 11:02 AM

                                                                                I enjoy them on occassion - switch from regular coffee or fraps.
                                                                                It is kind of grassy.

                                                                              2. re: Slicey
                                                                                foodluverla RE: Slicey Sep 7, 2009 08:09 AM

                                                                                You can make a much healthier, better tasting version at home. It aint cheap, but it's cheaper. Whole Foods sells green tea matcha -- Maeda-en is the brand I buy. $15 for 1 oz. You can also buy your unsweetened, un-vanilla'd soy milk there. That's all you need. I have a small aerator (similar to an immersion blender but much smaller and with a whipping circular coil) Heat the soy milk (or not) and whip in the matcha. You can add a packet of splenda if you need some sweeetness, as the matcha is pure.

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                                                                              mikitymike RE: zorgclyde May 1, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                              the green tea latte looks like green diarrhea in a cup and one time friend let me try his iced green tea latte and that was the best green diarrhea in a cup i had ever tasted.

                                                                              did you get it hot or on ice the hot one tastes awful, and another thing there is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY too much ice in them i could drink a tall which costs $3.00 in 5 seconds.

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                                                                                NewDude RE: zorgclyde Jan 26, 2009 08:06 PM

                                                                                I was in the mood for something new and different at the 'Buck a few months ago, and this green sludge nastiness was recommended to me by the cashier. Bad idea. I almost upchucked at the second sip. The cashier took pity and gave me a frap instead. Unoriginal but tasty.

                                                                                1. hippotatomus RE: zorgclyde Jan 28, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                                                  Get it half sweet with soy milk! :)

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                                                                                    abbefaith RE: hippotatomus Jan 28, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                                                    i second that! i'm so sad about melon though. :(

                                                                                  2. omotosando RE: zorgclyde Feb 16, 2009 10:30 PM

                                                                                    Wow, wow, wow. I just went to the Starbucks website and a Venti Green Tea Latte with soy milk has 460 calories. With 2% milk, it is 450 calories. With nonfat milk, it's 370 calories. I think I would rather have dessert.

                                                                                    By the way, I am still confused if the calories and sugar in the Green Tea Latte are coming from the tea mix or the syrup or both. The website does not shed light on this. I asked at Starbucks today which tea lattes I could have without sugar and I was told all of them except the Chai Latte, which already has sugar in the mix. I don't know whether or not that information was accurate.

                                                                                    I ended up ordering a black tea latte, without syrup. It still tasted sickenly sweet - I made the mistake of ordering it with soy milk and they must use one of those sweet tasting soy milks. Oh well, at least according to the website, a Vente Black Tea Latte with soy milk is only 260 calories versus the 460 for the Green Tea Latte (and hopefully my Black Tea Latte was even less than the 260 calories shown on the Starbucks website, since I omitted the syrup).

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                                                                                      abbefaith RE: omotosando Feb 17, 2009 07:08 PM

                                                                                      Yes, the matcha powder is mixed with sugar so the calories come from there and the syrup (which switched from melon to classic). And yes, they use a vanilla soymilk.

                                                                                      1. re: abbefaith
                                                                                        omotosando RE: abbefaith Feb 17, 2009 09:24 PM

                                                                                        They should just rename it "sugar bomb." People are always claiming that green tea speeds up your metabolism - I guess with a 460 calorie Starbucks Green Tea Latte, you'll need a quick metabolism (or wonder why you are gaining weight when you have been quaffing those "healthy" green tea drinks).

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                                                                                      Jacey RE: zorgclyde Feb 17, 2009 09:16 AM

                                                                                      I think Starbucks is running out of ideas.

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                                                                                        boilergirl RE: zorgclyde Feb 20, 2009 11:01 AM

                                                                                        Starbucks is for sure running out of ideas, especially if they have to put melon syrup in their green tea lattes. It should be called a melon latte instead. It defeats the purpose of real green tea. So not worth $4. Gag.

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                                                                                          omotosando RE: boilergirl Feb 20, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                                                          What is melon syrup? A syrup that tastes like melon?

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                                                                                            momof3 RE: boilergirl Feb 20, 2009 03:48 PM

                                                                                            The melon syrup has been discontinued and is no longer used in any of the drinks including the green tea latte. It is now sweetened with classic syrup ( a flavorless simple sugar syrup)

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                                                                                            JudithPoodith RE: zorgclyde May 9, 2009 10:03 PM

                                                                                            I'm so disappointed, thought I was doing a GOOD thing by not having a coffee drink, and getting a 'healthy' green tea latte, instead. I'm not supposed to have lots of sugar, and am also dieting, and what met my lips was the most sickening sweet, sugary drink, I've had in a long time! I also thought it had a slight fishy overtone! I got it hot, with milk. I thought I might like it, maybe 2/3's less sweet, but now you guys say the sugar's right inthe mix? And then they add MORE with the syrup?? I don't get it, most everyone is trying to be healthier and eat less sugar, so why are they killing us with it, I wonder? I might try it once, without the syrup, and see how that goes...maybe..

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                                                                                              omotosando RE: JudithPoodith May 11, 2009 06:11 PM

                                                                                              I assume that Starbucks does taste tests before introducing a product and that they make their drinks sickingly sweet because their research shows that is what the majority of people prefer.

                                                                                              I think if they had to post calorie counts prominently right in the store most people wouldn't order this stuff (because honestly, for close to 500 calories, who wouldn't rather have a dessert instead of a Starbucks drink), and Starbucks would be forced to come up with healthier alternatives.

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                                                                                                cheesecake17 RE: omotosando May 11, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                                                                At the store I go to in Brooklyn, the calorie counts are up on the menu board. It doesn't stop people from ordering a venti frappucino with extra syrup and double whipped cream..

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                                                                                              swtcrm RE: zorgclyde May 18, 2009 11:42 AM

                                                                                              I don't know if anyone said this already but the blended Matcha drink at Peet's is really good- I get it with soy milk and it's not too sweet.

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                                                                                                sommrluv RE: swtcrm Jun 16, 2009 01:41 PM

                                                                                                Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just tried this as well, and possibly a little horrified that I liked it! :)

                                                                                                I cut caffiene out and asked the girl for low sugar, less caffienne alternatives.

                                                                                                I got a non-fat green tea.

                                                                                                While still buzzing hours later, I find out it's matcha tea, which has something to the effect of five times a normal cup of green tea, so I'm not quite sure how true it was that it was a "low sugar" drink. But it did taste sweet.

                                                                                                However, I'm curious...did anyone else feel...buzzed from drinking this tea? Possibly from the large amounts of sugar and caff? I honestly felt a little high. Is that Matcha?

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                                                                                                  Cathy RE: sommrluv Jun 16, 2009 04:46 PM

                                                                                                  Probably the sugar.

                                                                                                  I have cut sugar and asked and they made me a brewed tea latte with the green tea (in a bag) and I have also gotten some sort of apple tea (in a bag) latte which tasted a bit chai-ish and a bit apple pie-ish.

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                                                                                                Foonbubby RE: zorgclyde Nov 10, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                                                                I agree, the Green Tea Latte is horrible.

                                                                                                1. im_nomad RE: zorgclyde Nov 11, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                                                                  I'd hazard a guess that many of the people who dislike this, have never had matcha either.

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                                                                                                    omotosando RE: im_nomad Nov 11, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                    Huh? I drink matcha at home all the time. Matcha is bitter, which is why most Americans hate it. Starbucks' green tea latte is sugary (which is why it is so high in calories) and most decidedly wouldn't appeal to anyone who loves real matcha.

                                                                                                    I don't drink coffee, so I try to stay out of Starbucks since their tea is poor. However, I was forced to go to a Starbucks the other day and I must say that if you have to go there and you don't drink coffee, the rooibos latte is tolerable. Unlike the green tea and the chai, it isn't made from a sugary base and you can get it without the sweet syrup.

                                                                                                    P.S. I just went to the website where Starbucks sells it products and it list the ingredients for the green tea latte as: "An infusion of (water, matcha and other green teas), organic cane sugar, honeydew juice concentrate, natural fruit flavors, gum, Arabic, xanthan gum, guar gum and citric acid." Ick, ick, ick. So wonder it tastes so bad and is so high in calories.


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                                                                                                      im_nomad RE: omotosando Nov 11, 2009 05:00 PM

                                                                                                      I have seen the Tazo tetra packs that have those ingredients, and i've also had the green tea lattes without the syrup, and it is very much like the matcha I have at home. The ingredients you list appear to come from the honeydew syrup, which I don't get in mine. At least in the place i frequent, they use the powder, not the tazo sweetened tetra packs, which the chai also comes in.

                                                                                                      I was referring to this comment from the OP , along with similar comments i've seen: that it wasn't tea, but "some kind of powdered substance that has the split pea soup color" ...... anyone familiar with matcha would know what that is.

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                                                                                                        omotosando RE: im_nomad Nov 11, 2009 11:19 PM

                                                                                                        As I understand it, the powder that they use at Starbucks for the green tea lattes is pre-sweetened and then they add even more sugar with the syrup. That is the only way to explain the caloric content listed at Starbuck's website. A Venti with soy milk has 460 calories and with nonfat milk it's 370 calories. Since tea has no calories, there is no way to account for that calorie content without significant amounts of added sugar.

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                                                                                                    ilovestarbucks RE: zorgclyde Feb 22, 2010 09:26 AM

                                                                                                    i like it i dont get the whole blackberry crap or whatever everyone is talking about i get the iced or hot green tea latte with soymilk and 2 extra scoops of macha
                                                                                                    i think its great i like sweet stuff and i am a lover of tazo teas so when i tried it i loved it i dont know about other people but i love it

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                                                                                                      youaredumb RE: ilovestarbucks Jun 4, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                      about 4 or 5 years ago starbucks a came out with their summer seasonal beverage and it was the "blackberry greentea frappuccino".

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                                                                                                      sephtical RE: zorgclyde Apr 29, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                                                                      The Matcha powder Starbucks uses is pre-loaded w/ sugar. If you like the regular drink you will like it w/out extra syrup, its plenty sweet enough. Try it yourself- order it w/ skim and NO sweetner, you will be suprised that it is plenty sweet and better for you. There's no reason to get something that you think is healthy and then load it w/ SUGAR and FAT! Try it!!!

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                                                                                                        letty5purple RE: zorgclyde May 11, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                                        I love this drink first of all you need to indicate to them that you want no syrup it's too sugary if you add the syrup which is basically sugar. You ask for the soy milk and just the matcha powder. That's the bitter taste that you were tasting which is very healthy for you. Look up green tea matcha powder and look at the benefits. If you want a healthy drink get this drink.

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                                                                                                          burlgurl RE: zorgclyde May 19, 2010 06:23 AM

                                                                                                          I've tried green tea latte's everywhere and my favorite is Williams Coffee Pub. I can't drink Starbucks or Second Cup's versions anymore after a Williams..

                                                                                                          1. Tripeler RE: zorgclyde May 19, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                            First of all, really good green tea is NOT compatible with milk and is best without any dairy products. Second, Starbucks has this tendency to turn everything into a dessert. As a purveyor of green tea in this form, they are doomed.

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                                                                                                              kaori RE: zorgclyde Sep 2, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                                              I am Japanese and love Starbucks' green tea latte (not liquid Tazo's one, but matcha powder one). Starbucks did a test marketing in Japan at first: they have an excellent marketing strategy, for Japanese people DO drink a matcha milk (we call it for a drink of green powder tea mixed with milk and sugar) but none of chain cafe served it. It was a huge hit. People here in this thread seem very confused with a regular green tea vs. a powder green tea. Also I don't like Tazo. It doesn't taste 'matcha' at all for me. Matcha is traditionally used for Japanese tea ceremony, but widely used for sweets and at home. When we grew up, we use matcha with milk and sugar. Don't misunderstand that Japanese people don't drink a regular green tea with sugar and milk! Starbucks was so wise to establish a green tea latte targeting Japanese consumers. I wrote a letter to them if they can bring that green tea latte to the US market. Now I am so happy with this product ... except the level of sweetness, but hey, this is not only at Starbucks. It is nation-wide issue! When I order a green tea latte (matcha powder, not Tazo liquid green tea) I always ask for half-sweetner and extra powder. This portion is perfect and authentic 'matcha milk' :) Thank you Starbucks! My Japanese friends and I cannot live without this drink! By the way, does anyone know which matcha manufacturer does Starbucks use? The quality is not too bad for matcha milk. Indeed matcha is pricey in Japan, but it's really depending on the tea grade. The newer tea leaves are the more expensive. Also it's depending on which area tea leaves are from. Since Starbucks provide a very affordable price green tea latte, I assume they use matcha made in China. Oh, noooo. A food safety is uncertain.

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                                                                                                                hanifah RE: kaori Sep 13, 2010 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                I like chai tea lattes (I make my own) and I tried a grean tea frap from Starbucks but I was nervous about the bright green color...it just didn't seem right.
                                                                                                                This summer my 9 year old went to camp at the Japanese House and we had a tea tasting - with matcha green tea - when I saw the powder and they explained the process, I realized that we Americans have limited knowledge about what green tea really is.
                                                                                                                My husband purchased a can of matcha from Teavana and it is pretty good...I came online today because I was in the mood for a matcha latte and wanted to know how to make one...I guess i'll google matcha milk.

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                                                                                                                janenoe14 RE: zorgclyde Mar 2, 2011 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                From a Starbucks Employee,

                                                                                                                serving size 1 tbs

                                                                                                                25 calories
                                                                                                                5 grams sugar
                                                                                                                6 grams carbs
                                                                                                                0 protein

                                                                                                                2 tbs are used in a tall green tea latte

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                                                                                                                  pitchan RE: zorgclyde Aug 30, 2011 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                  In Japan you find matcha green tea and it's usually a powder so japanese people sometimes expect to have green tea powder.
                                                                                                                  I love the matcha frappucino that you find in Starbucks in Japan though I don't know if the taste is the same in the US

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                                                                                                                    aimic RE: zorgclyde Apr 21, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                    I love the green tea latte's hot or cold...I will say this is an acquired taste... I skip the syrups. Melon sounds awful.. with green tea and milk... now that is gross..... anyway... I have to watch blood sugars... I know that there are about 15 carbs from the milk (skim) alone, depending on the size of the drink... so they are adding sugar.. Just today I ordered an iced green tea latte w/o syrup ...and it was extremely sweet... it caused a horrendous spike in my blood sugar... I could taste it..and boy was I right.. however last week I ordered one and it was fine... so beware.. if you need to watch sugar.... this drink is inconsistent... I will be ordering sugarfree matcha online from now on...... :)

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