Chugging Low-Cal, Sparkly Goodness With New Starbucks Refreshers

Starbucks Refreshers

Starbucks Refreshers

What’s that? No coffee? We’re not too excited about most non-coffee drinks, but the new Starbucks Refreshers line is genuinely intriguing, so we had to give it a shot. Touted as a “natural” energy drink, the new drinks actually do contain coffee, sort of.

Green coffee extract (aka unroasted, raw coffee beans) gives the sparkling beverage a boost of caffeine—but because the beans aren’t roasted, there’s literally no coffee flavor at all. Instead, its three flavors (Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Melon, Strawberry Lemonade) each taste like pretty much any low-cal, sparkly fruit drink.

It gets the “natural” label because it’s sweetened with Stevia, a natural, low-carb sweetener. It’s also working the health angle, with 60 calories per serving, 25 percent real fruit juice, and a few B and C vitamins. As for the caffeine content, it’s about the same as a similar size serving of Mountain Dew, but about a third of what’s in a small cup of coffee. Ginseng gives it a natural kick, too, but nowhere near as intense as what you get in something like Red Bull.

Wanna try? Look for Starbucks Refreshers in fresh form at Starbucks itself, or in 12-ounce cans or instant Via packets in grocery stores.