SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A new Starbucks drink already has some loyal fans. So much so that it can be hard to find the iced brown sugar shaken espresso in stock just a month after the Oatly-brand drink landed on the menu.
You may already have heard the hype around the drink, as people use social media to weigh in on the flavor.
Several locations we check listed the drink as sold out, and people have hopped right back on Twitter to tell Starbucks that they are disappointed.
“Starbucks not having oat milk 💔 just throw my whole drink away tbh,” said a Twitter user on Tuesday.
Another tweeted out several crying emojis, expressing the despair over no longer seeing oatmilk as an option.
Someone else questioned if the brown sugar oat milk was just an annoying drink to make, causing Starbucks staff to hide the goods. It appears the answer is a little more straightforward.
“Customers’ response to the national launch of oatmilk at Starbucks has been positive. As more customers return to our stores, some customers may experience a temporary shortage of oatmilk at their store. We apologize for any inconvenience to the customer experience and recommend trying soymilk, almondmilk or coconutmilk. Customers will have oatmilk available in their store soon. The addition of oatmilk follows a successful regional launch, which started in the Midwest in January 2020 and expanded to California in June 2020,” a Starbucks spokesperson told Nexstar’s KRON on Tuesday.
The lack of supply in oat milk for Starbucks could also be because Oatly is experiencing a shortage, according to Bloomberg.
“Oatly AB’s popular oat milk is in short supply in the U.S. following a Covid-related delay in the construction of a production facility,” the report said.
A Starbucks worker in San Francisco confirmed that their location had been struggling to get enough of the product in stock to meet the demand.