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I find it hard to believe, with as popular as Starbucks is, that there is not more information about their products. I can't do Gluten, soy, or dairy. So, I am wondering what I can get there. I would obviously have to bring my own rice milk, but is the coffee ok, and are the flavored syrups ok?? Any suggestions?? Oh, how I miss Starbucks Caramel mocha cappachino.

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That doesn't have any gluten info though.

I emailed them to inquire about gluten-free Starbucks products in Canada and got this response:

"Hello Jillian,

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company. I would first like to apologize for my delay in getting back to you; I appreciate your patience.

In regards to your inquiry, we are unable to indicate any handcrafted beverage or unpackaged food item as being "gluten-free" unless it is specifically produced and packaged to meet gluten-free requirements (such as gluten-free KIND Bars). I apologize for any inconvenience.

Please know that you may view nutritional information for many of our beverages at http://www.starbucks.com/retail/nutrition_info.asp This link will also allow you to view store-specific information on calories, ingredients and allergens related to our food items.

Please note that nutrition and ingredient information is provided by the suppliers who manufacture food and beverage products for Starbucks Coffee Company.Starbucks attempts to provide product information that is as complete as possible. Variations may exist due to periodic changes in formulations. Serving sizes may vary from those used to calculate nutrition information. New product introduction or product changes may cause the information to be incomplete. All of our non-packaged food products are produced and stored in environments where known allergens are present. Some items may not be available in all locations. Data is rounded to meet current U.S. FDA NLEA guidelines. Percentage data for vitamins and minerals refers to percentage of recommended US daily values for a 2,000 calorie diet. Caffeine information is approximate and is based on limited analytical data. These values reflect Starbucks standard brewing methods. Values can vary greatly depending on factors including the variety of the coffee and the brewing equipment used. The handcrafted nature of our beverages may result in a variation from the reported values.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our customer relations department at (800) 23-LATTE. Our representatives are happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you again for writing.

Sincerely,

Shy S.

Customer Relations

Starbucks Coffee Company

If you would like to share your thoughts about your experience with Starbucks Customer Contact Center, please click on the link below to participate in a short survey. Your comments will be used to ensure that any future experiences with Starbucks Customer Contact Center meet your highest expectations.

http://www.starbuckscontactcenter.com/?gro...N=7385269"

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Ahhh... you got the typical response for CYA. I hate those! I got the same response from them regarding their choc covered espresso beans.

My mom and I drink their brewed coffee with no gluten issues. She's extremely symptomatic, I am not. She's never had a problem so far. Other than that I can't say what else is safe. Good luck!

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Thanks for checking on that. I guess Starbucks is always going to be a gamble. I feel ok about the coffee, but what I am really wondering about is the Yummy syrups they use to flavor it. I looked at the bottle one day and everything seemed ok except the natural flavors. Natural flavors can mean wheat - right??

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Yeah, no one wants to take responsibility for their product anymore, everything is "use at your own risk" :angry:

If they are unwilling to provide better information or do the work to ensure they have safe products, then I for one will not be giving them my business at all.

Lexi -- yes, natural flavours can be a risk. You can find out who manufactures the syrups and try contacting them directly.

There was another disucssion about Starbucks in which it was stated that all of the drinks are safe except for the mochas and anything containing chocolate chips as they contain gluten, but I was hoping the company would confirm this themselves.

I guess it's an individual choice whether or not to risk it :) I'm going to save myself $5/coffee and make it at home!

Cheers,

Jillian

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