NYC’s New Soda Ban Gives Morning Coffee Drinkers the Jitters Too

by , 03/10/13
filed under: Food,Health,Manhattan,Politics

When NYC’s city-wide soda ban goes into effect next Tuesday, coffee-drinking New Yorkers might find themselves feeling burned as well. Macchiatos, lattes, frappes and other sweet beverages will also fall under the ban, which could mean that customers at food chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s won’t be able to purchase their drinks with sugar already added.

Despite the city’s statement that the new rules are simple, the soda ban has managers and business owners a tad bit confused. Robert McConkey, manager at Cafe Angelique in the West Village told the New York Times, “The way the law is worded, there’s plenty of ways for us to get around a lot of them. It just seems so ridiculous.” McConkey has since removed large sizes of cold drinks from the cafe menu that prove problematic due to the sugar content in the flavored syrups. Baristas will be limited to adding no more than four packets of sugar to a customer’s order.

To reduce the confusion, Dunkin’ Donuts has been distributing small fliers at cash registers to educate customers about the future of their beverages. The fliers explain that lattes and coffees under 16 ounces are protected from the prohibition ban, but cult favorites like Coolattas and large coffees, both hot and iced, will be downsized or desugared.

“This will have no impact on a large cup of joe, unless more than four packets of sugar are added,” said Samantha Levine, a city spokeswoman, to the New York Times. “Real sweet tooths who want even more sugar can pour in as much as they like themselves.” Starbucks, which boasts over 300 stores in New York City, won’t be making any immediate changes to their menu anytime soon. The company is interpreting the new rules to mean that when customers customize their drinks, they have the option of adding sweetener or not.

Via NY Times



  1. Waltsgirl92 March 11, 2013 at 11:43 am
    Who does he think he is? God? He has no right to tell the citizens of NYC what they can and cannot have. I'll be sure to boycott NYC, even though it was my favorite city.
  2. Roger Redford March 11, 2013 at 11:36 am
    All I can say is, I\\\'m glad to live in the Free State of South Carolina instead of New York.