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Starbucks' 31-Ounce Trenta: A Drink Too Far?

A Starbucks Coffee store in San Francisco.

A Starbucks Coffee store in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Thirty-one ounces of iced refreshment in one big ... well, we can't really call it a "gulp" can we?

That's what Starbucks' new "Trenta" holds (and no, 'bucks isn't offering Trenta-sized hot coffee drinks at any of the shops where it's rolling out the bigger cups; just iced drinks). The Trenta is 11 ounces larger (and 50 cents more expensive) than Starbucks' previous heavyweight, the Venti.

Now, the Trenta still isn't as large as 7-Eleven's Super Big Gulp — even after that iconic drink's recent downsizing to 40 ounces (which Stephen Colbert lampooned last week). But 31 ounces is pretty big. It is, after all, like having nearly a quart of liquid in your cupholder.

So, we wonder:

(And, yes, we know that is not a scientific survey designed to seriously measure anything. We just needed a — dare we say it? — coffee break from the day's important news.)



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