STARBUCKS Baristas ‘unhappy’ about rollout of off-menu VIRAL social media drinks

STARBUCKS Baristas ‘unhappy’ about rollout of off-menu VIRAL social media drinks

STARBUCKS Baristas ‘unhappy’ as it rolls out off-menu VIRAL social media drinks
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Starbucks baristas became an integral part of the food chain workforce since the pandemic hit.

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So it’s no surprise the coffee chain launched a limited test allowing customers to order viral drinks through social media.

With the rise of TikTok, this new program caters to a trend of customers ordering elaborate Starbucks drinks.

And boy, Starbucks partners are not happy.

STARBUCKS Baristas ‘unhappy’ as it rolls out off-menu VIRAL social media drinks
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According to Business Insider India, this would inspire social media users to share the recipes online, and for others to replicate the concoctions.

As a result, the first launch rolls out two custom drinks: the Pink Drink Remixed and the Moon Drink.

Last month, Insider interviewed four Starbucks partners for this report. 

They said the test “could add pressure and complexity to their jobs” at a time they already feel understaffed.

So, just how busy and overwhelming does crafting custom drinks get?

To elaborate, the Pink Drink Remixed is a venti drink flavored with Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk.

Topped with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam, this Pink Drink emulates those homemade strawberry milk drinks in Korean cafes.

Meanwhile, the Moon Drink mixes matcha latte and two pumps of chai in a grande cup.

Each drink costs $6.25 and $5.55, respectively. 

Moreover, the two drinks were selected to “reduce complexity but still test the function,” a Starbucks spokesperson said.

However, some Starbucks baristas recently spoke out about the difficulty of crafting these ‘TikTok’ drinks.

“Custom drinks from social media like TikTok are also increasing the need for labor,” said one Pennsylvania supervisor.

“These drinks are getting more and more complicated,” they continued.