Starbucks coffee contains added potassium, the complaint alleges
PuroThe maker of various coffee blends for home consumption filed a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division. Starbucks dark roast coffee the potassium level was higher than normal. according to New York Postthe company conducted independent tests and revealed that the blend has 13% more potassium than Starbucks’ House Blend.
The added potassium would help alleviate the bitterness of the mix, according to the complaint, and was likely intentional. “These significant variations … can only be explained by the intentional addition of potassium to the coffee during Starbucks’ production process,” the complaint states.
The company alleges, through the complaint, that Starbucks is misleading some serious coffee drinkers by not disclosing the additive. For coffee drinkers who think the “100% Arabica” label is misleading Arabica beans are of higher quality.
He also says that those with kidney disease can be harmed by too much potassium in the blood, which can cause a condition called hyperkalemia. An average 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 116 milligrams of potassium, and National Kidney Foundation, is generally safe at that level. The foundation recommends no more than three cups of coffee a day. However, undeclared potassium can harm those with kidney disease if they are not aware of excess potassium, Puroast’s claim confirms.
Starbucks denied that it adds anything to its French Dark Roast. “We are aware of the complaint Puroast has filed with the North Carolina Division of Consumer Protection and believe it is without merit,” a company spokesperson said. Ass Puro makes coffee that it says has “7 times more antioxidants” and “70% less acid” than other coffees, according to its website, and would benefit from taking out its big competitor, especially where it’s sold locally.
You may recall that in January 2021, an independent lab was also used to test tuna fish served at some Metro locations. Tests revealed that the chain’s sandwiches did not contain real tuna in the mix. Meanwhile the chain defended its product, the issue damaged the optics of the brand. We’ll see how far this claim goes for Starbucks.
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