Starbucks: Have You Been Ripped Off?

Be on the lookout for more news about Starbucks' latest legal brew-haha.

Two northern Californians have filed a class-action lawsuit against the coffeemaker, Starbucks, because of deceptive practices and theft.

While the lawsuit is just beginning to get traction, it all stems from a 2009 recipe change that Starbucks made to its lattes, which is a hot beverage topped with milk foam. According to plaintiffs, the actual "grande" cup containers are barely large enough to contain all 16 fluid ounces. This means that your 16-ounce grande latte is actually closer to 14 ounces--to leave room for the foam milk and to keep the drink 1/4 inch lower than the top of the cup, which stems from the 2009 recipe change.

This is one of the reasons why you tend to overhear people calling for "no foam" beverages at Starbucks (and other places).

Sounds to me like Starbucks needs a bigger cup and that the plaintiffs are looking to retire on a bazillion-dollar payout. OMG!

What do you think of Starbucks and under-filling their lattes, yet charging full price?

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