Monday, February 22, 2010

Vegan Starbuck Options

Hello Bethany,

Thank you for writing Starbucks Coffee Company. First of all I want to sincerely apologize for the delay in our response and appreciate your patience in waiting for our reply to your email.

I'm excited to tell you that you can have most of our flavored drinks at our stores.

I have included a list of all of the components that go into our drinks so that you may make an educated decision when making your drink choices. The choices that include any animal products (to my knowledge) are highlighted in red.

For our food products you can check out our website http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_freshfood.asp and find the individual store that you frequent and pick out the product you are interested in. Due to the open nature of the environment that these products are made and stored though we cannot guarantee that it is completely vegan friendly unless it is prepackaged and labeled as such.

Syrups:

  • Caramel Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artifical Flavour, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Colour: Caramel (E150d)

  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Citric Acid (E330), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Color: Caramel (E150d)

  • Gingerbread Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Citric Acid (E330), Coulour: Caramel (E150C)

  • Hazelnut Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural* and Artifical Flavours, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330)

The Hazelnut syrup is naturally flavored. That means that the flavor material is derived from the actual nut. The flavor suppliers state that the flavors do not contain nut allergen proteins, but since the nut flavors are derived from nuts, we suggest that customers severely allergic to nuts consult their health professional prior to consuming beverages made with this syrup. We cannot guarantee that some people with severe allergies to nuts would not have a reaction to the use of this syrup.

  • Peppermint Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural Flavours, Perservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Citric Acid (E330)

  • Raspberry Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Colours: Caramel(150d) and Red #40 (E129), Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate (E202) and Sodium Benzoate (E211) Citric Acid (E330)

  • Sugar Free Caramel Syrup: Water, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Cellulose Gum (E466), Citric Acid (E330), Sucralose (E955), Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Colour: Caramel (E150d)

  • Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup: Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Cellulose Gum (E466), Citric Acid (E330) Sucralose (E955), Preservative: Sodum Benzoate (E211), Colour: Caramel (E150d)

  • Sugar Free Hazelnut Syrup: Water, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Maltodextrin, Cellulose Gum (E466), Citric Acid (E330), Sucralose (E955), Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211)

  • Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup : Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Maldodextrin, Cellulose, Gum(E466), Citric Acid (E330), Sucralose (E955), Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Colour: Caramel (E150d)

  • Toffee Nut Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Salt, Preservative: Sodium Benzoate (E211), Citric Acid (E330)

  • Vanilla Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural Flavours, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Colour: Caramel (E150d).

Caramel Sauce: Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Nonfat Dry Milk, Natural Flavors, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate

Mocha Powder: Sugar, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Chocolate Liquor, Potassium Sorbate, Vanillin. Water is added to make the syrup.

White Chocolate Mocha (SKU #466215): Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (condensed skim milk and sugar), Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Palm Oil Monoglycerides

Retail Chai Concentrate (SKU #162630): An Infusion of (Water, Black Tea, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clover, Natural Flavors, Star Anise), Organic Cane Sugar, Honey, Ginger Juice, Vanilla, Citric Acid.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup (SKU #183678): Sugar, Condensed Nonfat Milk, Sweetened Condensed Nonfat Milk, Annatto (E160b, Colour), Natural and Artificial Flavours, Caramel Colour (E150D), Salt, Potassium Sorbate (E202, a preservative).

Starbucks Proprietary Soymilk

U.S. (vanilla flavor): Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Vanilla Flavor With Other Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12.

Canada (plain): Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavors, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12.

* According to the information from our supplier both the vanilla soy milk and plain soy milk do not contain gluten

Frappuccino® Premix: Whole Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Skim Milk Powder, Cream, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural Flavors, Salt, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Algin (Kelp Extract), Sodium Caseinate (Milk Protein). Concentrated Coffee and Water are added to make the Frappuccino® Base.

Frappuccino® Light Premix: Skim milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Oligofructose, Cream, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Cocoa Powder (processed with Alkali), Disodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sucralose (Citric Acid, Trisodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Acesulfame K. Concentrated Coffee and Water are added to make the Frappuccino® Light Base.

Crème Beverage Base (Sku #194335): Sugar, nonfat dry milk, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, sunflower seed oil, salt, artificial flavor, arabic gum, sodium caseinate (milk protein), dipotassium phosphate, soy lecithin (emulsifier), annatto powder (color), dimethyl polysiloxane (antifoaming agent).

Nonfat Milk is added to make the Creme Frappuccino Mix.

Chocolate Powder Topping: Sugar, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Vanillin (an artificial flavor).

Vanilla Powder: Vanilla Bean Extract, Dextrose.

Pumpkin Spice Topping (SKU #183929): Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Cloves.

Cinnamon Dolce Topping (SKU #193890): Sugar, Cinnamon, Salt, Extractives of Butter (contains milk) and other Natural Flavors.

Matcha Powder: Sugar, Green tea.

Java Chips: Confectionary coating (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and palm oils, cocoa, emulsifiers [soy lecithin E322, distilled monoglycerides, sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60 E435], artificial flavor, vanilla)), Cocoa (processed with alkali, 9%), Cookie Crumbs (enriched wheat flour[wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed shortening, cocoa processed with alkali, high fructose corn syrup, corn flour, chocolate mass, salt, dextrose, sodium bicarbonate [E400], soy lecithin [emulsifier, E322], natural flavor, chocolate mass (2%), salt.

Berry Currant Base (for Berry Chai Infusion LTO- winter 09): Ingredients: WATER, SUGAR, ARONIA BERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE, GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE, BLACK CURRANT JUICE CONCENTRATE, CITRIC ACID. Allergens: none indicated

Cinnamon: Our cinnamon is 100% cinnamon from Indonesia. According to our supplier "it is the product of dried bark of the Cainnamomum Burmanni Blume, It is harvested on the island of Sumatra, and is a true vegetable substance from which no portion of its volatile constituents have been exhausted."

Strawberry Juice: Strawberry puree, concentrated white grape jice, water, natural flavor, tomato lycopene extract for color (lycopene, glycerol, sucrose palmitate, sucrose stearate, soy lecithin, water), antifoam (dimethylpolysiloxane, water)

Signature Hot Chocolate: Ingredients: Sugar, milk, natural cocoa, cocoa butter, cocoa (process with alkali), natural vanilla extract. (The percentage of cocoa solids is proprietary info that we are not able to share.)

Premium Lemonade: Ingredients: Water, lemon juice, sugar, lemon oil.

Protein Fiber Powder: Ingredients: Whey protein isolate (milk), chicory root extract, natural flavors (contains milk derivatives), xanthan gum, soy lecithin. Contains: milk and soy. Manufactured on shared equipment processing wheat/gluten, eggs and tree nuts.

Naked Juice Mango Orange concentrate: Mango Puree, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Passionfruit Juice, Lemon Juice and Natural Flavors

Dark Chocolate Curls: Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, natural vanilla, soy lecithin

Caramel Brulee Sauce: Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate

Caramel Brulee Topping: sugar, corn syrup, natural flavour, caramel colour

Eggnog: Water, milk, sugar, cream, skimmed milk powder, dried egg yolk powder, natural and artificial flavoring, stabilizers (guar gum [E412], salt, caboxymethylcellulose [E466], carrageenan [E407]), pentasodium triphosphate (E451), spices.

Please note that nutrition and ingredient information is provided by the suppliers who manufacture food and beverage products for Starbucks Coffee Company.Starbucks attempts to provide product information that is as complete as possible. Variations may exist due to periodic changes in formulations. Serving sizes may vary from those used to calculate nutrition information. New product introduction or product changes may cause the information to be incomplete. All of our non-packaged food products are produced and stored in environments where known allergens are present. Some items may not be available in all locations. Data is rounded to meet current U.S. FDA NLEA guidelines. Percentage data for vitamins and minerals refers to percentage of recommended US daily values for a 2,000 calorie diet. Caffeine information is approximate and is based on limited analytical data. These values reflect Starbucks standard brewing methods. Values can vary greatly depending on factors including the variety of the coffee and the brewing equipment used. The handcrafted nature of our beverages may result in a variation from the reported values.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our customer relations department at (800) 23-LATTE. Our representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you again for writing.

If you have any further questions or concerns that I was unable to address, please feel free to let me know.

Warm Regards,

Monica L.

Customer Relations

Starbucks Coffee Company

800 23-LATTE (235-2883)

Monday through Friday, 5AM to 6PM (PST)

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this!!

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  2. Thank You!!!!! and my stomach and intestines thank you too!

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  3. Just to let you know, the frappechino bases are no longer used, so I would ask for information about their new frappechinos, as I believe that they are able to be made completely free of animal products now as well. (as long as you remove the whip, and have it made with soy, and have the correct flavor without the topping in certain cases)

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    1. Thank you! I will inquire about the vegan options, again. I guess it has been almost two years.

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  4. Thank you so much for posting this! A great reference, and I was so sad to see that the pumpkin spice syrup isn't vegan! :(
    Found out too late unfortunately. But good to know that the mocha is still okay!

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  5. Wouldn't the "traditional" (bone-char ground) sugar in the syrups and powders make them non-vegan?

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    1. Depending on the type of sugar used, it could. You should e-mail Starbucks and find out. Then, let us know!

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