Starbucks Ventis Same Amount of Espresso as Grandes California Class Action

Looking at the size of a delicious Starbucks Venti drink, people may wonder if that much caffeine wouldn’t leave the consumer bouncing off the ceiling. If the complaint for this class action is correct, there’s a good reason why it doesn’t. The complaint alleges that Starbucks puts no more espresso—and thus no more caffeine—in some drinks in the Venti size than in the same drinks in the Grande size.

The class for this action is all consumers in California who bought the select Starbucks Venti-sized espresso beverages, during the statute of limitations, for their personal consumption. 

According to the complaint, Starbucks Corporation had net revenue of $24.7 billion for 2018. The complaint calls it “the global leader in the coffee industry” with “over 24,000 retail stores in 70 different countries.”

Starbucks drinks usually come in three sizes: Tall (12 fluid ounces), Grande (16 fluid ounces), and Venti (20 fluid ounces). However, the complaint claims that for certain drinks there is no difference in the amount of espresso in the last two sizes.

As an example, the complaint cites Caffe Latte, which contains milk and brewed espresso. The Tall contains roughly 75 mg of caffeine. The Grande contains roughly double the amount of caffeine, at approximately 150 mg. At that rate, you might expect the Venti to contain roughly triple the amount, at 225 mg. However, the complaint claims that the Venti contains only 150 mg of caffeine, the same amount as in the Grande.

The complaint reproduces the nutrition facts for the two drinks as posted on the Starbucks website and concludes that “the customer is unknowingly paying more money for 4 additional ounces of milk.”

Confusingly, this is not necessarily true of the iced versions of the drinks. The complaint says that “the vast majority of the Products are sold in iced versions as well … that do increase in espresso and caffeine content from Grande to Venti, such as in the aforementioned Iced Caffe Latte. Thus, Starbucks customers who purchase the Iced Version(s) of a Product may rightly come to expect an increase in espresso/caffeine content between the Grande-sized and Venti-sized hot beverage Products.”

The complaint contains a chart of hot drinks that have approximately the same amount of caffeine in the Grande as in the Venti size: Cappuccino, Caramel Cloud Macchiato, Caffe Latte, Caffe Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Cocoa Cloud Macchiato, Flat White,  Latte Macchiato, Blonde Caffe Latte, Blonde Caramel Cloud Macchiato, Blonde Cocoa Cloud Macchiato, Blonde Flat White, Blonde Pumpkin Spice Latte, Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte, Blonde Vanilla Latte, Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte, White Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte.

The complaint alleges violations of California’s False Advertising Law, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Starbucks Ventis Same Amount of Espresso as Grandes California Complaint

February 4, 2020

Looking at the size of a delicious Starbucks Venti drink, people may wonder if that much caffeine wouldn’t leave the consumer bouncing off the ceiling. If the complaint for this class action is correct, there’s a good reason why it doesn’t. The complaint alleges that Starbucks puts no more espresso—and thus no more caffeine—in some drinks in the Venti size than in the same drinks in the Grande size.

starbucks_grande_and_venti_same_caffeine_compl.pdf

Case Event History

Starbucks Ventis Same Amount of Espresso as Grandes California Complaint

February 4, 2020

Looking at the size of a delicious Starbucks Venti drink, people may wonder if that much caffeine wouldn’t leave the consumer bouncing off the ceiling. If the complaint for this class action is correct, there’s a good reason why it doesn’t. The complaint alleges that Starbucks puts no more espresso—and thus no more caffeine—in some drinks in the Venti size than in the same drinks in the Grande size.

starbucks_grande_and_venti_same_caffeine_compl.pdf
Tags: Contains Too Little of Featured Ingredients, Deceptive Advertising