Starbucks Unicorn drink sparks backlash from baristas

A girl sips on a Unicorn Frappuccino beverage at a Starbucks coffeehouse in Austin, Texas, U.S. April 21, 2017.  REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed
A girl sips on a Unicorn Frappuccino beverage at a Starbucks coffeehouse in Austin, Texas, U.S. April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed

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, with one barista calling the new beverage “Frap from hell” and others sharing the joy of running out of ingredients to make the drink.

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

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 ---- 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.

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