Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sparks backlash from baristas

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sparks backlash from baristas

Starbucks baristas have taken to social media to complain about the coffee chain's entry into the latest food craze: Unicorn Frappucino.

A Unicorn Frappuccino from coffee chain Starbucks. (Photo: Jun-Kai Teoh) 

NEW YORK: Starbucks baristas have taken to social media to complain about the coffee chain's entry into the latest food craze - Unicorn Frappucino.

The sparkly color-changing new frozen beverage has become one of the top posts on photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram since its release on Wednesday.

But Starbucks baristas are not happy with the popularity.

Complaints have been rolling in on social media website Reddit Inc, with one barista calling the new beverage "Frap from hell" and others sharing the joy of running out of ingredients to make the drink, which is only available in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Another barista shared an image of 56 Unicorn Frappuccinos that constituted one order, and others gave thanks to customers with simple orders like a black coffee.

According to Starbucks in a news release on Tuesday (Apr 18), the Unicorn Frappuccino is made with "a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle. It is finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping."

On Twitter, just hours after the release of the new drink, Starbucks barista Braden Burson shared a 100-second-long tirade, saying he had "never been so stressed out in his life." His post was shared more than 1,000 times.

"I have never made so many Frappuccinos in my entire life," he said in the clip.

"My hands are completely sticky. I have unicorn crap all in my hair, on my nose. I have never been so stressed out in my entire life."

A barista from Florida, Tina Lee, wrote: "As a barista, just know that every time you ask me to make this, a part of me dies #unicornfrappuccino."

The drink is available only until Sunday.

Starbucks was not immediately available for comment. Its shares were up 0.5 per cent at US$60.39 on Friday.

(Reporting by Angela Moon)

Source: Reuters