Last week, popstar Ariana Grande announced a collaboration with Starbucks for their new drink, the Cloud Macchiato, an espresso shot with milk topped with foam.
Because Ariana has been vegan for six years now, many assumed that the beverage was vegan-friendly. Her advice to try the soy milk version added more confusion that had people believing the coffee could be made dairy-free.
The drink comes in caramel and cinnamon flavors, and both require egg white powder for the foam. Meanwhile, the syrup in the caramel version has butter, heavy cream, and milk. It is virtually impossible to veganize.
Customers weren’t the only ones bugged by this, as a number of coffeehouse employees also took their rants to social media. Some baristas have had to deal with people who wanted to customize the Cloud Macchiato, which is a beverage that’s already hard to prepare as is.
Here are some of the comments on Twitter:
As a barista AT Starbucks, I think it’s really weird that Ariana Grande is the ambassador for the new drink. You literally cannot make it vegan, the key ingredient in cloud powder is egg whites to make it more like meringue 🤷♂️— Rayyy (@memerayo) March 6, 2019
how is ariana grande promoting the new starbucks cloud macchiato when she’s vegan when the drink contains egg and dairy lmao— julie🤠 (@JulieMello) March 5, 2019
IF I HAVE ONE MORE /VEGAN/ CUSTOMER COME TO STARBUCKS AND ASK FOR A CLOUD MACCHIATO MADE WITH SOY EXPECTING IT TO BE VEGAN IM GOING TO SCREAM— 𝕘𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕟 is happy! (@gaysvodka) March 7, 2019
Why are people getting mad at Ariana for having her name behind a not vegan Starbucks drink…..she hasn’t said she’s vegan in years she might not even be anymore lol. Also who cares she can’t control the world.— CHANEL N° 1 (@cafedechanel) March 11, 2019
A representative for Ariana Grande has already been contacted to comment.
Banner photo courtesy of Ariana Grande.