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Hey all. So today I was trying to figure out a nice place for me to study and my "go to" places are always starbucks or panera. Panera is kind of out of the question because I'm afraid of airborne flour. So I was wondering is there any safe coffee options at starbucks? I looked on the website for allergy information but I feel like there's so much room for cross contamination. Is there any safe coffee there? I prefer flavored coffees and I prefer coconut milk. I feel like I cant trust a lot of the online information because they all look like they are talking about people who are fad dieting and not wanting to eat gluten not people with a real disease/allergy to it. I feel like I cant really go there and study if I dont purchase something. Thanks again!

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1 hour ago, KathleenH said:

Hey all. So today I was trying to figure out a nice place for me to study and my "go to" places are always starbucks or panera. Panera is kind of out of the question because I'm afraid of airborne flour. So I was wondering is there any safe coffee options at starbucks? I looked on the website for allergy information but I feel like there's so much room for cross contamination. Is there any safe coffee there? I prefer flavored coffees and I prefer coconut milk. I feel like I cant trust a lot of the online information because they all look like they are talking about people who are fad dieting and not wanting to eat gluten not people with a real disease/allergy to it. I feel like I cant really go there and study if I dont purchase something. Thanks again!

I do fine on a cafe misto, latte, or regular coffee. Unlike Panera or other coffee places that bake their breads etc., Starbucks' baked good are prepackaged and, in the 2 Starbucks I frequent, the ovens are at the other end of the counter from the coffee equipment. You can take your own gluten-free coconut milk. Flavors.....I'd check the allergan list on their website. Some are not gluten-free, for example, the carmel may not be, if my memory serves me correctly. I tend to avoid flavors unless I'm some place that has Monin or Torani, most of which are gluten-free except the carmels,  BUT go to their websites and check your favorite flavors for gluten. You can find the info there. Also, I've eaten their gluten-free breakfast sandwich 3 times now with no issues at all. It  is heated in the same sealed parchment wrapper that it comes in and does not get opened until you open it. Open it w a napkin however as they probably used the same tongs to touch the other heated baked goods as they used to grab your parchment wrapped sandwich.

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1 hour ago, KKJ said:

I do fine on a cafe misto, latte, or regular coffee. Unlike Panera or other coffee places that bake their breads etc., Starbucks' baked good are prepackaged and, in the 2 Starbucks I frequent, the ovens are at the other end of the counter from the coffee equipment. You can take your own gluten-free coconut milk. Flavors.....I'd check the allergan list on their website. Some are not gluten-free, for example, the carmel may not be, if my memory serves me correctly. I tend to avoid flavors unless I'm some place that has Monin or Torani, most of which are gluten-free except the carmels,  BUT go to their websites and check your favorite flavors for gluten. You can find the info there. Also, I've eaten their gluten-free breakfast sandwich 3 times now with no issues at all. It  is heated in the same sealed parchment wrapper that it comes in and does not get opened until you open it. Open it w a napkin however as they probably used the same tongs to touch the other heated baked goods as they used to grab your parchment wrapped sandwich.

I couldn't have said this better.  I go to Starbuck's because it's my only option for coffee/tea drinks when out and about. I have been drinking their Chai tea latte's since diagnosis 12 years ago and have never, ever been glutened.  Ditto for coffee latte's and cappuccino's. But I do not drink any flavored coffee so can't comment on that.

I tried the breakfast sandwich...well, one bite from my husband's and I was fine. It's great that there is now an option for emergency food when out that is quick. But when you look at the nutritional info on those things, I wouldn't eat them on a regular basis. The only down side I could say about them other than that is that I prefer a toasted bun when I make breakfast sandwiches at home and these are microwaved and soft. But when really hungry and in the need for "fast food" that is safe, it's a great option!

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