Starbucks barista has meltdown over Unicorn Frappuccino
A Starbucks barista has taken to social media hoping to make orders for the coffee chain's much buzzed about Unicorn Frappuccino disappear.
Starbucks' entry into the unicorn food craze was released on Wednesday and its popularity was too much for 19-year-old Colorado barista Braden Burson.
He posted a video (now-deleted) on Twitter after his shift complaining that it was difficult to keep up with orders for the drink and he's "never been so stressed out" in his life.
The Unicorn Frappuccino is a sweet and sour pink and blue cream swirl topped with what Starbucks calls "fairy powder". Burson says in the video that a day of making the treat left him with sticky hands and residue from the drink stuck to his clothes and in his hair.
Burson later said he didn't think his rant would get this much publicity and he didn't intend to "downgrade" the drink.
"It's a great drink. But it is difficult to make when there are like 20 fraps all at once both front and drive thru,'' he wrote in a Facebook message.
He wasn't the only barista feeling the pain. Several others took to social media to vent their frustration and a Reddit Starbucks forum was flooded with complaints, including one barista who referred to the unicorn drink as the "frap from hell".
In my 5 years as a Starbucks barista, no drink has ever frustrated me more than this unicorn frappuccino 😑 we sold out the first day...— Brenna Laine (@BrennaLMiller) April 19, 2017
As a barista, just know that every time you ask me to make this, a part of me dies #unicornfrappuccino— Tina Dee (@fairlyfamous) April 19, 2017
I'm so glad my store sold out of the ingredients to make the unicorn frappuccino. I won't have to live through that hell this weekend.— chismosa (@dominiquealxs) April 20, 2017
Starbucks said in a statement on Thursday that the popular reception of the drink has "exceeded everyone's expectations". It added that it is reaching out to Burson "to talk about his experience and how to make it better".