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Starbucks Gets Skinny For the New Year

Starbucks recently announced their new "skinny" drink ordering system, it's a system that's been in place for years, only it didn't have a name before. If you'd like your drink to be sugar-free, with non-fat milk and without whip cream, you can now order it "skinny" instead of listing off the criteria. I'm glad to see that Starbucks is bringing it to people's attention, however not everyone is loving the name. In fact, one barista has even gone as far as to write a letter to the corporate office.

The unnamed barista's letter reads more like a manifesto, however she does have some good points. She believes that the new ordering system will be confusing, especially if a customer wants whip or wants whole milk. Personally I don't think it's that weird, that's like having a regular, but with no-whip or non-fat. She also thinks it's one more thing for the customers to get confused by. I'll have to agree on this one, I still can't figure out why the tall is the small. However her biggest pet peeve is that she thinks it's politically incorrect. She points out that they don't call the whole milk versions obese, and she thinks overweight customers and employees might be offended or weirded out by it.

So what do you think? Do you have an opinion about Starbucks' skinny ordering system? I don't have a problem with the name, although I do wonder just how "skinny" these skinny drinks really are.

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writergal8 writergal8 9 years
I think you can still order short. It's just not on the menu. Short definitely exists in kids' drinks like hot chocolate.
LittleLady12 LittleLady12 9 years
Why would people be offended by the word "skinny"? That's ludicrous. I'm the little jerk who orders a grande, non-fat, sugar-free, extra hot, no whip cinnamon dolce latte, so I like it! (Hey, if I pay $4.47 for a glorified coffee, I want it done the way I want it!) I'm a fan because it makes my morning order a little easier :)
LoMo1 LoMo1 9 years
Personally, I'm a Dunkin Donuts girl myself. But anyway... This woman is overreacting just a tad. It's not the end of the world, lady. It's coffee, for crying out loud.
snokisst22 snokisst22 9 years
I heard about this through Hungry Girl's email: "The Buzz Word at The Bucks - Starbucks is gettin' all HG on us, and WE ARE PSYCHED! If there's a limit to how many words you allow yourself to say in a day, you are SO in luck. Now, instead of ordering your lattes and mochas at Starbucks by asking for sugar-free syrup, fat-free milk, and no whip, simply walk up to your favorite barista and ask him for a Skinny Latte or Skinny Mocha, and he'll know EXACTLY what you mean. All you have to do is pick your fave flavor (the Skinny Latte comes in Cinnamon Dolce, Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Caramel!). A Tall size Skinny has just 90 calories and no fat!"
strawberry-mac strawberry-mac 9 years
To answer your question on how "skinny" they are, they are apparently 90 calories : as seen on the sign in my local starbucks. As for people getting all worked up over the term "skinny", it's ridiculous -people are too sensitive, not everything has to be so damn "pc". Are there people out there who are deeply offended by the term skinny jeans as well?
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
YAY now it will be easier for my BF to get me the drink I want... he always makes fun of all my requirements :)
SofyasDad SofyasDad 9 years
Maybe I have a little problem with the name...I mean although I am "skinny" do I really want to create the notion that skinny is better for young folks. Its like skinny jeans and the folks who cant "fit" them. They might as well called it "thin". I mean doesn't a thin mocha sound great!
splayer splayer 9 years
It's certainly a lot easier to say "skinny" instead of "sugar-free, non-fat no-whip" like I usually do.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Taylorbath, performance anxiety. I laughed out loud when I read that because I feel the same too; sweats, shakes and cracking voice all the way. I think this is a good move on Starbucks menu but like everyone already said, it's not new by any means. For the barista, good that you are so into your job and all, but really? The skinny term is not referencing a skinny person people, it's the type of drink! It is sad that people need to pull the politically incorrect card all the freaking time; what more do we need in America?
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
If your fat, then your fat. Stop getting all up in arms because we call something "skinny". If you don't want it, don't order it!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
That is exactley how I drink my coffee. Nonfat sugar free dolce cinnamon latte with no whip cream. So this will make my life much easier.
rocksister rocksister 9 years
For me, this is great because I always get the wind knocked out of me after I ask for a grande sugar-free skim vanilla latte :P
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
Frankly I think that it is great. I didn't go to Starbucks as much before because I was confused as to what I needed to cut from the drinks to be healthy and each drink is different. Now I can go in say that I want my ------------'skinny', and that is great. No one will get offended by the term 'skinny' because the people that order their drinks 'skinny' are watching their weight. I love it and wonder why they did not think of a better process to start with!?
MsMO MsMO 9 years
I think people think to hard on it and who cares. Order it and get out of my way LOL
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Sounds good to me, 1 skinny decaf for moi :drinks:
loisbois82 loisbois82 9 years
i remember the first time i went to a Starbucks in London and when I asked for a non-fat latte, the barista gave me a weird look... then i said "fat free milk?" and she still gave me a puzzled look... and then she said "do you mean with skinny milk?" and i thought about it for a second and said "YES." either way, i dont care whether i have to order my drink "skinny" or with all the extra terms of "non-fat, sugar free syrup, no whip." as long as i get my drink, that's all that matters.
emilyblondie emilyblondie 9 years guys are really funny. I just order the drinks. I don't care about the skinny or w/e. I just figure, it's a starbucks drinks, it's like eating a chocolate bar, and I only drink them about once a month. But chocolate more often...:) But sometimes I feel guilty and order it with skim milk. But then cancel out any benefits by adding the whip...mmm...that's the best part. :)
alysun alysun 9 years
I like it b/c my order would be "sugar free vanilla, skim latte" now it can be "vanilla skinny latte"
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Like others, this is nothing new to me. I've been ordering mine non-fat, no-whip forever, but it's good it's on the menu now.
lily_xx lily_xx 9 years
That barista is ridiculous. I love Starbucks and usually order my drinks w/ nonfat milk, sugar-free syrup and no whip - Asking for a 'skinny' will make my ordering process easier! I think it's a great idea to officially add that option to their menu.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
This is so stupid. I've been ordering a tall, nonfat latte (now considered 'skinny') for 5 years from SBux. It's a marketing ploy, people, that is all.
Marci Marci 9 years
I love Starbucks. And I always get my drinks decaf and skim - but I still want that little burst of sugar since it's a treat, so 'skinny' wouldn't work for me anyway. But I actually think it's great that this barista is so into her job that she's thought this through and had issues with it. What's wrong with that?
emalove emalove 9 years of my favorite places.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
yeah good point guys! why not "healthy" or health or lowcal or something like that instead of skinny?
i-love-starbucks i-love-starbucks 9 years
I think the idea for an all encompassing word is great! However, I just came from Starbucks drive-thru, previous to reading this article, and I have to admit I was a little weirded out when the asked me if I wanted a skinny latte. I was like, "What's a skinny latte?"...
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