Contributed by Amanda S.
Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta
When I was younger I worked for one summer at Starbucks. I admit I did not want the job at the time, but it turned out to be a really fun place to work. One of the requirements of all Starbucks employees is that they sample and taste each and every item (food & beverage) that is sold there. Understandably, the reason for this is because the employee should be able to explain to patrons, what the item tastes like, as well as the notes of flavor etc etc.
Now, that one summer has long since come & gone and I do not work for Starbucks. However, oddly enough after ending my employment there I then and only then became a lover of coffee. Odd huh? Well it’s true.
I was wrong! I was told that one should always be careful when reading labels (we know this already) and one should also contact manufactures annually to follow up and ensure that processing methods have not changed and that the product still remains gluten free.
In turn, this is part of why I still prefer milk based drinks. I know there’s always a chance of contamination, but I figure that the chances are decreased. I do however always insist that the person making the latte use a fresh clean spoon when mixing my drink, this is also why I steer clear of the drinks that require mixing.
We are each willing to take certain risks in our daily living and for me the cross contamination risk outweighs the desire to have drinks that require mixing not done by myself. Call me crazy if you will, but I call it safety!
If you want to check out the ingredients and/or other nutritional information for drinks check out the websites of your favorite coffee shop. For me, I will share the Starbucks link and just wait, the holiday drinks are coming out (maybe they've even been out a few days) mmmmhttp://www.starbucks.com/menu/nutrition