What I order at Starbucks

I've gotten several questions about my go-to drinks at Starbucks.

It's no secret that I LOVE coffee and I never say no to Starbucks; however, most of the drinks on the menu ordered as is are not very 'fit-friendly'. Which leads me to my basic bitch orders of all these special requests. Yes, I've accepted I'm THAT girl and that's okay because it works for me.

My most ordered drink is a decaf skim latte (hot) *sometimes with a flavored syrup.


I have a caffeine-free lifestyle (excluding chocolate...I need some chocolate). I've been caffeine-free for about 3.5 years due to a long overdue diagnosis of a heart condition. Basically my heart beats way too fast at a resting rate and has additional beats that cause palpitations. I've had a lot of folks give me a hard time for ordering decaf...saying things like, "what's the point?" and it's really just annoying. The point is I still LOVE coffee.


I've always naturally gravitated toward lattes and the upside of a skim latte is no fat and higher protein. A traditional latte is about 2/3 milk and some foam and 1/3 espresso (I am no barista, mind you). It's also worth noting that I'm not a low-carb person or a non-dairy person so this may not be ideal for everyone. Here's a macro breakdown for the skim latte at Starbucks:

Tall - 15g carbs, 0g fat, 10g protein

Grande - 25 carbs, 0g fat, 13g protein

Venti - 25g carbs, 0g fat, 16g protein

My size choice depends on time of day and what I've eaten before or what I'll have after. I most often get a grande. If I'm browsing Target on a Friday night and will be eating dinner after, I'll get a tall. If it's a weekend morning like today, I usually get a venti. I also especially like venti's when I'm working on big projects like painting, cleaning out rooms, or walking around Best Buy with Keith forEVER.


Starbucks typically puts three pumps of syrup in a tall, four pumps in a grande and five pumps in a venti.

At 8g of sugar per pump, that's a ridiculous amount of added sugar. THAT'S 40g OF SUGAR IN A VENTI. FORTY! For a visual, that's 10 packets of sugar.

It took me a while to get used to no sugar in my coffee, but now it is my norm; however, when I'm feeling extra I get one pump of a syrup in my lattes. One pump regardless of which size I order.

So if I'm feeling something super sweet, I'll get one pump in a tall. I'm also just as happy with one pump in a venti.

My favorite syrups in this order:

  • Pumpkin Spice

  • Caramel

  • Peppermint

Keith is so precious ordering my long special request coffees and he never complains about it. Then he checks the labels to make sure they're decaf. Makes my heart happy (no pun).

Now, what do YOU order at Starbucks?

A collage of photos for Heather Corinne's blog: Warm cup of coffee, yarn and gold scissors.