Starbucks is rolling out its line of olive oil-infused coffees to all U.S. stores, despite customers complaining about the drinks’ unwanted side effects.
The mixture of caffeine and olive oil suddenly made customers want to poop.
Starting today, the drinks will be available nationwide, the chain confirmed after first being tested in Italy in February 2023 and in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York this spring.
The drinks – which mix coffee with a spoonful of Partanna cold-pressed extra virgin oil – I received negative reviews online during testing.
One customer called it a “legitimate laxative.”
Starbucks is rolling out its line of olive oil-infused coffees to all U.S. stores, even though customers previously complained the drink caused them digestive issues.
Some drinks have a pump of olive oil added directly to the coffee, while others infuse it into a golden foam.
The oil can also be added to its Iced Shaken Espresso drink by pairing it with oat milk and hazelnuts. Prices generally range between $6.45 and $6.75, although they vary by location.
This drink, which was initially tested in a few outlets last year, had some side effects.
A person claiming to be a Starbucks barista in the US took to Reddit last year, claiming that their colleagues had a negative reaction to the drink.
“Half the team tried it yesterday and a few ended up…having to go to the bathroom, if you know what I mean,” one barista posted on the Starbucks Reddit page in April. according to CNN.
In a statement released today, Starbucks said: “Infused with award-winning Partanna® extra virgin olive oil, Oleato is more than a drink. »
The range blends a spoonful of Partanna cold-pressed extra virgin oil with Starbucks Arabica coffee.
“Have you tried them?” I wonder how many people will happen to them, what happened to our team,” they wrote.
“The caffeine is a stimulant for your intestines and the oil is a relaxant. So yes, this is a wonderful idea from Starbucks,” read one of the top comments on the post.
“Olive oil is a natural laxative in many Italian homes,” another Reddit user responded in the thread.
That didn’t deter Starbucks from taking the plunge.
In a statement released today, Starbucks said: “Infused with award-winning Partanna extra virgin olive oil, Oleato is more than a drink.
“It’s a revelation in coffee, luxurious and next level. Once an idea, now a drinking experience available nationwide.
He added that the drinks will be on sale in locations – including grocery stores, university campuses and airports – around the world, including Canada, London, Paris, Osaka and Tokyo.
When the unusual recipe was unveiled at a flagship Starbucks in Milan last year, customers had a mixed reaction.
Nicole Molinari, then 20, told Reuters: “It’s a strange idea but it has something different and in my opinion it could appeal much more to foreigners than Italians.”
In the meantime Stefania Battagli, 22, said the coffee had a little too much oil for her liking.
“But I like it because the milk and oil can both have a distinct taste. I don’t know how to explain it, there are two flavors but they mix and work well together,” she told Reuters.
However, online reviews of the range were much less favorable.
On other forums, people have made similar observations. One customer tweeted: “Oleato at Starbucks is a legit laxative. »
This follows a turbulent year for Starbucks, which saw its revenue climb 11% to $35.9 billion for its last full fiscal year, which ended October 1.
Since 2020, the coffee giant’s annual revenues have been on a steady upward trajectory. Over the past four fiscal years, that amount has increased by more than 50 percent, from $23.5 billion.
Since 2020, the coffee giant’s annual turnover has been on a steady upward trajectory
Experts previously told DailyMail.com that the channel’s popularity was fueled by its strong social media presence. Every time Starbucks launches a new drink, it tends to go viral on TikTok.
Clair Jones, founder of marketing agency LoudBird, said at the time: “They’re adopting new platforms, which I think is important – and they’re doing it well. There are a lot of big brands like that trying to build TikTok and they’re doing it very poorly.