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 Post subject: Starbucks Chai is vegan!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:18 pm 
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From the lovely Nicole:

It appears that the starbucks chai that is made in the store is actually vegan. i had heard that, while the retail boxes contain honey, the commercial concentrate they use to make the drinks does not.

starbucks customer service told me:

"I did look into that information for you, the sweetener we use is classic syrup for sweetener, here the ingredients if wanted to know what's in it: Classic Syrup: Sugar, Water, Citric Acid (E330), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202)"

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If this is legit my world is about to change.

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This may be the best news I've heard in a long time.


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If this is legit my world is about to change.

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I didn't know this was a question because I could have told you all years ago that it was vegan. Sorry guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Starbucks Chai is vegan!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:20 pm 
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It comes from Starbucks customer service, subject as always to the fact that some vegans may not feel comfortable with the sugar as Sbux cannot provide source information to confirm it isn't cleared over bone char.

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oh that's cool! i drank one a few weeks ago and then someone on ppk said they had honey. it wasn't at a real starbucks. it was a barnes and noble starbucks which they make a point of telling you is not a real starbucks when you ask for something in starbucks lingo.

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they must have changed their formulary since i worked there because the concentrate we had contained honey.


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a few months ago they made me a chai soy latte by accident, so i asked them to read the ingredients to see if i could have it and it had honey. maybe they've changed the recipe though?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:56 pm 
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Every time I've asked to see the ingredients there's never Honey...could this be regional?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:18 pm 
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i worked at one in michigan in 2006-2007 and the concentrate we used was vegan.


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this sounds like maybe the sweetner they add to it, along with the concentrate, is vegan. but that the concentrate itself could still be sweetened with honey? that's how i read the comment..

i think it is a regional thing. i'm pretty sure 'round here, it has honey.

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 Post subject: Re: Starbucks Chai is vegan!
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the one i worked at we just used the concentrate, it was already pretty sweet. the sweetener they add to some drinks is basically sugar.


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Be careful with Starbucks! I was told two years ago that their pumpkin spice latte syrup was vegan, only to find out (two years later) that it contains sweetened condensed milk. I was also told by the same barista that the chai concentrate also contains condensed milk. I live in the Bay Area in CA and am not sure if this is a regional thing.

Try Peet's--they use a straight syrup for most of their flavored drinks, and the syrup is vegan.


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ijustdiedinside wrote:
oh that's cool! i drank one a few weeks ago and then someone on ppk said they had honey. it wasn't at a real starbucks. it was a barnes and noble starbucks which they make a point of telling you is not a real starbucks when you ask for something in starbucks lingo.


Technically, it's a Barnes and Noble cafe featuring Starbucks products. They get the coffee etc from Starbucks and get inspected (at least they used to) by Starbucks every once in awhile but it's really just part of the B&N. The employees are all B&N employees.
/Former B&N manager who used to have to open the damn cafe when the cafe manager got stuck in traffic. Cafe customers are very often not nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Starbucks Chai is vegan!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:12 am 
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If you're worried about regional differences, or a soy chai misto. When I worked there, a ton of baristas would talk about how amazing a vanilla soy chai misto was (even if they otherwise drank cows milk).

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This is awesome! I was just thinking today that I really missed Starbucks chai. I'll have to get one or several next time I'm in Sydney.

And the one we used when I worked there (2007-2009) was definitely not vegan.

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barcofever wrote:

Try Peet's--they use a straight syrup for most of their flavored drinks, and the syrup is vegan.


There aren't very many Peet's outside of the west coast. Everyone in the country can spit and hit a starbucks.

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Don't Starbucks have REAL chai tea? Like the actually chai leaves..
why would you want that syrup crepe :S

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barcofever wrote:

Try Peet's--they use a straight syrup for most of their flavored drinks, and the syrup is vegan.


There aren't very many Peet's outside of the west coast. Everyone in the country can spit and hit a starbucks.

Yeah, I've never even heard of Peet's.

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 Post subject: Re: Starbucks Chai is vegan!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:14 pm 
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It didn't even occur to me that chai would not be vegan! Glad to know it is though since we like to treat ourselves to one every now & then.


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My cousin used to work at the starbucks near my house and she told me the soy chai was vegan, so I drink it once in a while.

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lol um this is good news, i've been drinking their chais for a few years, was told they were vegan with soy milk
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