STARBUCKS lovers have a new drink to try – but allegedly only at certain locations.
A TikToker revealed that the popular chain coffeehouse is trying out a new product at various stores, and people are not too pleased about it.
The TikToker, who goes by @kirbyssister on the platform, took visitors on a trip with her to try out the new menu-recommended drinks, which come with “coffee popping pearls.”
The pearls resemble the chewy tapioca balls found in bubble tea.
The Starbucks sign shown in the video listed the Iced Chai Tea Latte with Coffee Pearls, which costs $5.45, and an In the Dark iced drink, which sells for $5.25.
The user shared that the In the Dark concoction is a “cold brew-based drink.”
She decided to order the pearls in a brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso and gave them a mediocre review.
“They’re really small and awkward to drink,” she said.
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She described them as “oddly salty-sweet,” but less sweet than the drink itself.
The video, which has been viewed 4.6 million times, received a strong reaction and sparked quite a large amount of backlash from coffee and bubble tea enthusiasts alike.
“I live for boba and I love starbies but they need to stay in their lane,” one viewer commented.
“Always giving us what we never ask for,” another complained.
“As a lover of both Starbucks & boba, this just feels wrong,” a third person wrote.
In a follow-up video, the user revealed that she found the pearls at the Starbucks in Palm Desert, California.
It is not clear what other stores are offering the pearls, but The Sun has reached out to Starbucks for comment.
In the meantime, Starbucks fans can stick to the holiday drinks offered this year, which include a Chestnut Praline Latte, a Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino, an Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, and more.