Parents get caffeinated refreshments for kids, according to Starbucks Barista

Starbucks baristas have previously warned TikTok about the surprisingly high caffeine content in Starbucks refreshers. But it seems that not all baristas are necessarily on the lookout for unsuspecting parents.

Barista Kiyra Ellis (@kdogg27) says she felt like a “gremlin” today as she poured a Strawberry Açaí Refresher onto a TikTok clip that has since garnered 1.2 million views.

“I knew Strawberry Açaí Refresher had caffeine in it, but I still let parents buy it for their kids,” says Kiyra, parodying the famous TikTok sound playing in the background where the creator says he “knew that.” the perc was fake, but I ate anyway because I’m a Gremlin RAWR.”

@kdogg27 Feeling like a Gremlin today #starbucks #barista #baristatok ♬ Original sound – DeMarcus Cousins

Starbucks originally advertised that its refreshers contained coffee extract when the infamous drinks were launched in 2012. These classic drinks, which many associate with juice, can contain anywhere from 35 to 90 mg of caffeine, depending on their size.

Still, many users were surprised in the comments when they heard that the refreshers resemble mild energy drinks.

“CAFFEINE???” shouted one user.

“Ahh makes sense why my lip was twitching the other day,” revealed another. “Had 2-3 in a day”,

The caffeine content can be diluted by requesting more water, as one user pointed out, “just like I ask parents if they want extra water in there because I know they’ll regret it.”

Alternatively, customers can order Crème Frappuccino in most flavors that do not contain caffeine.

But the Internet hasn’t singled out Starbucks for mass discussions about the caffeine content of its drinks. Panera Bread’s supercharged sodas have also drawn strong and mixed opinions from TikTokers, with some saying the caffeine in the drinks makes them sleepy, while others were unknowingly consuming more than double the recommended caffeine intake per day.

The Daily Dot contacted Kiyra via Instagram direct message and Starbucks via email.


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*Initial publication: March 6, 2023 at 6:29 p.m. CST

Brooke Park

Brooke Park is a correspondent for the Daily Dot and a senior journalist at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News and The Texas Tribune.

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