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#MatchaPinkDrink Secret Starbucks Menu Item Is Pissing Baristas Off

One-part troll, one-part visual food savant, my man Jed of popular Instagram food porn account Daily Food Feed is causing an uproar in the barista community over what he’s tagged as a “secret menu item” at Starbucks: The Matcha Pink Drink.

What is the the #MatchaPinkDrink you ask? It’s a drink that is 3 parts Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk) on top of 1 part matcha coconut milk on the rocks. If you (or your barista) get it just right, it should look like this:

A few days later, Jed posted another photo… apparently a fair amount of people had seen his post.

Of course, Jed made the drink up, so other subsequent drink orders from his followers likely pissed off baristas and ended up looking like swampy diarrhea:

And my absolute favorite order frenzy:

#starbucks #spectationvsreality #matchapinkdrink 👉👈 still delicious 👌

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But then, over the next few days, a few more people got the order right. Presumably, they are Jed’s friends around Orange County and Los Angeles. Here’s a quick roundup:

But upon closer examination, there grew to be a ton of hate brewing in the comment section of @DailyFoodFeed’s most recent recipe posting of the #MatchaPinkDrink:

Baristas went in on Jed, “suck my ass homie”


Other comments apparently kept pouring in, fueled by a movement brewing on a “@barista_life” Instagram account calling on Jed to “stop with the nonsense:”


I had to text Jed at this point and learn more about the origin of this #MatchaPinkDrink. I also wanted to make sure how he’s holding up — being told to “suck my ass homie” can’t be easy to endure. The Internet can be a rough place:


And there you have it. The origins of the #MatchaPinkDrink. Not too far off from the bastard origins of the #PinkDrink and the #OrangeDrink.

The discussion of whether baristas or Starbucks in general should embrace or reject these fan-made drink concoctions is still up for debate. Let us know what you think in the comments below, Tweet us at @Foodbeast or suggest it as a topic for our new weekly The Katchup Podcast.


By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

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