Last week, Tim Hortons announced they’d be changing their cup sizes to accommodate a new, 24-ounce extra-large coffee. Today, you can officially get a giant (no, we mean giant) cup o’ jo from the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain. Personally, I’m not crazy about the trend of super-sizing—not even coffee. But plenty of Blisstree commenters wrote in last week saying that we shouldn’t be worried. So now that you can see it in all its glory, I want to know: Do you think Tim Hortons XL coffee is too big?
My basic argument is that super-sizing things—even low-calorie things, like coffee—has a negative domino effect on our perception of normal portions: After all, a piece of toast with almond butter seems a little paltry next to a cup of coffee that will take you two hours to drink. And the biggest problem is that we’re not just super-sizing low-calorie things; most of our extra-large servings come from fast food restaurants that serve burgers, fries, burritos, and fried chicken…when’s the last time you heard of a super-size spinach salad with vinaigrette?
But according to commenters, big coffee doesn’t mean big anything else. One commenter, Nancy, argued that an extra large at Tim Hortons wouldn’t have much impact anywhere else:
…if Tim Horton’s adds a larger cup, it’s not really an indication of any other than the fact that their coffee is awesome.
And Kris said this is just smart business (and an efficient way to get his dose of caffeine):
A large Tim’s coffee is the same size as a Grande Starbucks coffee, so it only makes sense that they would implement a new sizing system more similar to their competitors, as well as introducing a “venti” equivalent. As someone who sometimes has to spend hours researching and writing, I am all for giant coffees.
What do you think? Check out our photo of the new cup (next to a soda can, for scale), then take our poll:
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