Brits Perk Up as Starbucks Doubles Espresso Shots

Tea-drinkers will get strongest Starbucks drinks in the world

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 2, 2012 12:25 AM CST

(Newser) – Get ready to get your buzz on, Britain. Starbucks is planning to double espresso shots in all its lattes and cappuccinos served in the UK. The move has been brewing since customer requests for extra shots started skyrocketing two years ago, say company officials. The new shots boosting caffeine and flavor in the Starbucks drinks will be free of charge, and the deal won't be offered anywhere else in the world.

It's not clear why requests for extra shots have been spiking, but some experts fear Britons' coffee jones is increasing their tolerance for caffeine, robbing the kick from a normal serving, notes the Telegraph. Starbucks officials say the Brits have always preferred stronger coffee, and will seek it from competitors if they can't get it at Starbucks. “Customers are becoming more experienced, more sophisticated and many more are looking for a stronger taste," said a Starbucks spokesman. Single-shotters can still request the usual.

Regular servings don't have enough of a kick for Britons, Starbucks is finding.
Regular servings don't have enough of a kick for Britons, Starbucks is finding.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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