Did you know Starbucks menus are leaving out some vital information?
Although "tall" (12 ounces), "grande" (16 ounces) and "venti" (24 ounces for a cold beverage, 20 for a hot one) are the three sizes everyone is familiar with, there is a fourth one many people don't even know exist -- "short" (8 ounces)!
Funny, isn't it?
Whereas in many countries a standard coffee order comes in a very small cup containing just 2 or 3 ounces, here in the United States the smallest size is completely hidden from customers.
Don't be afraid to order a "short" beverage at Starbucks if it strikes your fancy -- I assure you every single barista knows what you're referring to.
However, two friends of mine have reported that two New York City branches had "run out" of 8 ounce cups (interesting, seeing as how most consumers don't even know there is such an option!)
The photo at right displays all four sizes. Quite the spectrum, wouldn't you say?
One great thing about smaller portions is that they present a manageable way to consume foods that can be problematic in large amounts.
A short latte with whole milk, for instance, contains 110 calories and 17% of the daily saturated fat limit.
Make it a Venti, and you're up to 290 calories and 45% of a day's worth of saturated fat!