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Mmmmm! Starbucks Green Coffee Bean Extract Beverages

Updated on September 8, 2012

I don't know about you, but life without Starbucks is much like life without the internet to me. I still remember my first Starbucks experience. It was the 1990's and I was at a American Dental Association trade show in New York City at the Javitz Center. There was a Starbucks Kiosk and let me tell you, a fan was born at that trade show! Since then there's been many Starbucks phases for me over the years, there was the Expresso phase, the Caramel Macchiato phase, the Frappuccino phase, the Lemon Pound Cake phase and then as those delicious coffee drinks caught up with my waistline, there's been the skinny mocha latte phase, the bold coffee and finally the unsweetened green tea phases, alas!

I thought that Starbucks had finally done it all, that there were no new horizons to conquer, but once again, they proved me wrong! There newest line of beverages is perhaps, their most exciting!

We are all familiar with the energy-producing, caffeine-laden, bold roasted coffee that Starbucks is notorious for. The bold coffee flavor is actually a bi-product of the roasting process. Starbucks has now revolutionized a way to harvest the energy-inducing benefits from the green coffee bean without roasting the goodness out of it! This new line of beverages has all the natural caffeine benefit without the coffee flavor so it can be mixed in to refreshing, low calorie beverages. Recently, green coffee bean extract thas been recently touted as an incredible antioxidant and potential weight loss product and featured on an episode of Dr. Oz. Starbucks however, is very cautious in their accolades to Green Coffee Bean Extract. Their Director of Global Beverage Innovation, Brian Smith's take on Green Coffee Extract is both humble and humorous, he is quoted answering the question "What other benefits does Green Coffee Extract offer?" by saying "I wish I could say: Wit. Wisdom. Invisibility. Clairvoyance. Nobel Prize–winning smarts. But none of that would be true. Green Coffee Extract is really about offering you a bit more natural energy with a twist on coffee that is perfectly refreshing and thirst-quenching."

Let me introduce you to this new Starbucks lineup. There are three new products, handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers, Sparkling Beverages and Via Instant Beverages.

The handcrafted beverages come in two flavors: Very Berry Hibiscus Starbuck Refreshers made with whole blackberries and real fruit juice and Cool Lime Starbucks Refreshers with slices of lime and fruit juice. The Cool Lime flavor has just 40 calories in a Tall 12 oz size, 50 calories in a Grande 16 oz size, 80 calories in Venti 24 oz size and 100 calories in a Trenta 32 oz size. The Very Berry Hibiscus flavor has a few more calories, it has 60 calories in a Tall 2 oz size, 70 calories in a Grande 16 oz size, 100 calories in Venti 24 oz size and 120 calories in a Trenta 32 oz size. The handcrafted beverages also have 45 mg of caffeine in the Tall, 60 mg in the Grande, 85 mg in the Venti and 110 mg in the Trenta

The sparkling beverages come in three flavors: Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Melon. All three are refreshing, fruity and sweetened with stevia so they are low-calorie, in fact the can has only 60 calories!. Besides all the lovely caffeine, they have 25% of the USRDA of Vitamin B6, Niacin, Panthothenic Acid, and Vitamin C!

Finally, for refreshing energy on the go, there are Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks VIA Refreshers instant beverage and Cool Lime Starbucks VIA Refreshers instant beverage. Just add to 16 oz of cold water and enjoy! These refreshing take alongs have only 35 calories!

Some things to consider are:

  • The Handcrafted Refreshers do not contain any Vitamin B6, Niacin, or Panthothenic Acid and they have limited amounts of Vitamin C
  • The VIA Refreshers Beverages do not contain any Vitamin B6, Niacin or Panthothenic Acie but they do have 110% of the USRDA of Vitamin C.
  • As of this writing, caffeine content for the VIA Refreshers and Sparkling Refreshers was not available on Starbucks site.

These delicious, refreshing, tasty beverages are a terrific way to re-energize and recharge. Low calorie, perfectly in time for summer, you'll find Starbucks Refreshers a new spin on how to do Starbucks!


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      marie hughes 5 years ago

      Love the very berry. Only 2 points for a tall on weight watchers.

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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thank you for the kind words Ruchira! Agree the mocha is amazing!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...reading your hub sure confirmed that you are an ardent follower of starbucks!

      Thanks for the enlightening hub about it's products. I am a mocha fan and go once in a month or so...

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear susie . . .you are most welcome. I only told you the truth. You are an amazing writer. And I too am looking forward to being great friends with a talented person such as yourself.



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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thank you for the kind words Kenneth. I am most grateful for the read and the follow. I'm looking forward to being great friends!

      Warmest regards,


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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Susie,

      Amazing read. I love this type of hub. Voted UP and away. Very well-written. I confess. I live on coffee. I set my automatic BrewStation by Hamilton Beach (a cheap plug there) for 5 a.m. everyday and when I get up at 5:15 a.m., my "nectar for the day," is ready. I cannot imagine my life without coffee either.

      Your friend,


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I'm not a fan of Starbucks coffee, but upon your word, I am willing to give it a try for the health-energy benefits you mention.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I didn't know about these until now- I definitely would like to try them! I don't go to Starbucks too often, just because Dunkin Donuts is closer to where I live. But when I do go I get the iced caramel macchiato. Yum!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Susie, thanks so much for letting me know about the Amazon capsule problem. I've written tech support. I even tried to leave a message through the message channel and it wouldn't work. So there's some definite technical issues today! I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend!

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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thank you! Low calorie energy treat had me at hello. I didn't realize the calorie content of my beloved carmel macchiato for some time. I'm glad for a healthier replacement!

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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      @vespawoolf Thank you for the kind words, the vote and the share. No Starbucks?! My deepest empathy! I'm going to appreciate mine all the more, I didn't realize there were still places without one :-)

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I've had the Hibiscus Berry and the Lime drink. I think they are great and refreshing for summer. I like the taste of both and they are low calorie. Great hub and so informative!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, the green coffee bean extract is news to me! We don't have a Starbuck's here in town and when we were in Cusco last week, the Starbuck's there didn't have the latest upgrades. But I'll look forward to trying it when we head back for a vacation in the States in a few months. I love your writing! Voted up and shared!

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      Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      I used to go to Starbucks all the time until, as was said, it found my waistline lol. I would like to try one of the new energy drink tho. Thanks for the info.

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      susiebrown48 5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      My favorite was the cool lime handcrafted. I was wondering last night if they could add the extract to the green tea... I may ask today!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the information. I go to Starbucks quite often, but I haven't noticed these new drinks before. They sound like they're worth looking for!