Starbucks Is Experiencing a “Temporary” Shortage of Various Items and TikTok Users Aren’t Happy About It

Be nice to your baristas, folks.

June 10, 2021


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TikTok users are putting Starbucks on blast in the midst of a series of shortages that have been plaguing the popular coffee chain in recent days.

According to several TikToks, various Starbucks outposts across the country are out of ingredients such as caramel sauce, dragon fruit and chai, which means drinks that use those components — like a Mango Dragonfruit Refresher or Chai Latte — are either unavailable or being served in a modified way.

One Starbucks even reported a lack of drink trays, while another posted a sign outside declaring that specific drinks are currently discontinued.



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A Starbucks spokesperson tells Food Network: “We are experiencing temporary supply shortages of some of our products. Specific items will vary by market and store, and some stores will experience outages of various items at the same time. We know that a visit to Starbucks is an important part of our customer’s day and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

The spokesperson added that Starbucks is working closely with its supply chain vendors and hopes to have the missing items restocked “as soon as possible.”

In the midst of the various shortages, several Starbucks employees have taken to TikTok to express their frustrations by listing some of the items that are currently unavailable, and some have seemingly even resorted to using unsanctioned substitutes in place of the missing ingredients.


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Others have used the current circumstances as a way to remind customers to be nice to the Starbucks baristas, who are likely extra stressed because of all of the unexpected menu changes.

“WE’RE TRYING OUR BEST,” one barista declared.

Starbucks is just the latest company to be impacted by some supply chain issues. There was a shortage of single-serve ketchup packets that stemmed from a massive hike in take-out orders.

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