inside the mind of a starbucks junkie - inside the mind of a starbucks junkie
Virtual friends: I think I’ve been bamboozled.

You probably already knew this, but were too polite to say anything.

It turns out I have yet another addiction.*

I know that at the heart of it all, I’m the one to blame. But I’m not taking full responsibility on this one. This time, I had an accomplice.

Her name was Claire.

experiment gone wrong

Before Claire, I had enjoyed the occasional pumpkin spiced latte in the fall and winter months, but I didn’t really get the appeal of Starbucks.

I mean, who would consistently spend that much money on a drink?

How the mighty fall.

Then I started a new job and met Claire. She seemed innocent enough. Until the day she returned from lunch with a weird green foamy drink. (This was in my pre-green smoothie days when I didn’t appreciate green anything.)

Claire insisted I have a sip. I don’t remember liking it much, but she said the taste grew on you. She even treated me to my very own a few days later.

The first one’s always free. That’s how they get you.

And you know, it did grow on me. It tasted really good. Like a warm hug.

Over the next couple of months we started playing around with different combinations.

Half-sweetened. Unsweetened. Foam. No foam. Extra matcha. Tall. Grande better. Always soy.

Until we got it right: Grande, unsweetened, soy, green tea latte. Foam or no foam depending on mood.

Claire could control how often she got a GRTL (that’s Starbucks code), but I couldn’t. I wanted one almost every day!

I tried getting a smaller size to keep the expense lower, but I wasn’t truly happy unless I got a Grande. And then I needed a Venti to feel the same effect.

replicating the experiment

I thought, maybe I should try making my own!

I bought some matcha green tea powder and soy milk, but I could never get it right.

I tried going to cheaper coffee shops and trying their green tea lattes, but they couldn’t get it right either.

So I kept going to Starbucks. And I still do.

They treat me real nice too. They ask me my name, give me a free drink on my birthday and email me with all sorts of deals.

If it wasn’t for the GRTL, I don’t know that I would be so enamored with them.

I can get a nicer atmosphere and espresso lattes at an independent coffee shop.

So yeah, I’ve been bamboozled.

But as long as they keep serving up that weird green foamy drink, my lagom includes a visit to Starbucks.

I hope this post hasn’t peaked your interest in trying one. Remember: You’ve been warned.

* It appears that I have quite the addictive personality. If there are any therapists out there, please contact me to discuss. I swear I don’t have abandonment issues.

U.S. readers: I’ve tried the GRTL at Starbucks in the States, but it doesn’t taste the same. I think y’all use a different soy milk.

19 thoughts on “inside the mind of a starbucks junkie

  1. Maria

    That sounds REALLY tempting! I think Starbucks is establishing its first shop in my city this year (I live in Norway). I’m wondering if my best bet is to just stay away for as long as I can… :)


  2. living lagom Post author

    Stay away!!! But I don’t know that they have green tea lattes at Starbucks in Europe. I don’t remember them having any in London when I went in May of last year. Plus, the soy milk used is KEY to it tasting like a warm hug. :)

  3. A

    Ah, the green tea latte… Even the unsweetened has sugar in it, because their matcha powder is sweetened. When you order unsweetened, you’re just getting no sugar syrup added. I stopped going to Starbucks when they eliminated their offer of free soymilk for people with Starbucks cards. Anything soy started costing 60¢ more per drink!

    One substitute you might enjoy is blending matcha powder with soymilk and a frozen banana. Yum! If I was still drinking caffeine, I would go for one of those right now.

  4. living lagom Post author

    Yeah, I know about the sugar in the matcha. I get it unsweetened so that it’s not too sugary. There’s sugar in the soy milk too. I was bummed when they started charging for soy…but apparently, not bummed enough! Such is the high cost of addiction…

    Your alternative suggestion sounds yummy! Maybe for summer…right now, I like something warm. :)

  5. Sara

    They use vanilla soy here, which may not work so much in a green tea latte, but in a mocha? Especially when you can’t drink milk, it’s fantastic. (And I work at a bookstore with a different brand of coffee shop, where I get a discount. Not as good as Starbucks.)

  6. Jay The Baker

    Hilarious, and it could be my own story. Starbucks needs to come out with IV bags full of the stuff. Perhaps that’s the next size.

  7. living lagom Post author

    Apparently, there’s a size called the Trenta that is almost a litre! I think it’s only available in the States.

    I swear they offer drink samples because they know everyone has a Starbucks code, and as long as they keep trying, eventually they’ll break it. And then you’re hooked for life.

  8. Nicole

    Starbucks is my vice too! I have such a hard time staying away, I’ve incorporated it into my budget. First it was chai tea lattes, then frappaccinos and now mochas. I totally relate!

  9. living lagom Post author

    I’ve come to realize that minimalism isn’t going to make me perfect. I’m probably always going to have a vice or two. Like you, I’m just going to work these vices into my budget. At least we realize we’re hooked and have decided it gives us pleasure to keep doing it. We’re conscious addicts. :)

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