Why can’t Starbucks’ baristas change any Frappuccino into an ICED one? Isn’t it the same recipe? Ordered multiple frappuccino recipes a

Why can’t Starbucks’ baristas change any Frappuccino into an ICED one? Isn’t it the same recipe? Ordered multiple frappuccino recipes as “iced” and it was basically coffee with the syrup. Why does ice matter if crushed or solid regarding the recipe?

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  1. Ex Bux Barista, at your service.
    That’s because the differences aren’t just a matter of, “crushed ice.” There are other differences that cannot be easily replicated, when it comes to the difference between a blended Starbucks Frappuccino, and an iced coffee drink.
    The first main difference is what we jokingly called, “Frap goop,” at my old store. It’s a base and thickener for the drink, and has multiple ingredients. What it comes down to is that the base is meant to be a binder, as well as to improve the texture of the drink. For you see, you’ll discover quite quickly that if you just throw milk, syrup, ice, and coffee into a blender, there is just about no way you’re getting the same consistency as a Starbucks Frappuccino, plus it will separate out extremely quickly. The base used is also sugary, so it actually adds a little bit of further sweetness, too, though that’s far from any of its main purposes.
    The second main difference is the type of coffee used to make Starbucks Frappuccinos, versus other iced drinks. Starbucks Frappuccinos are made with a special coffee mix used exclusively for those drinks, one the Baristas can whip up batches of up to a few days ahead of time. If you are asking for a Frappuccino in an, “iced drink,” version, now your baristas are making you an iced espresso drink. Espresso tastes differently from the coffee base that’s used in Starbucks Frappuccinos. Now before you get any bright ideas about asking your Barista: no, you very likely may not have the Frappuccino coffee, instead of espresso, in your, “iced drink,” version of a Frappuccino. They will say no, because you will regret it if they say yes, and they know it. The Frappuccino coffee base is formulated to specifically go with the other unique recipe components of a Starbucks Frappuccino, and is not particularly tasty outside of that usage, being totally honest about it.
    For certain Starbucks Frappuccinos, there are also elements that sometimes simply can’t be recreated the same way in an, “iced drink,” version. The simplest but most common example we saw at my store on a regular basis was, “can I please have a Java Chip Frappuccino, but as an iced drink?” “Well…not really, I’m afraid. You see, we use blended chocolate chunks in our Java Chip Frappuccino. Unfortunately, there is no way to replicate that in an iced espresso version.” That is when the Barista is supposed to start coming up with reasonable alternatives. In this case, that would be something like, “However, it is the same type of mocha syrup, at least. If you’d like, I can still make you an iced Mocha latte. If you really wanted that extra kick of chocolate, we could do some extra pumps of syrup for you, and I could even trying drizzling the walls with some extra Mocha syrup for you!” Baristas are trained to do their best to help you try to find a suitable alternative, in the event that we cannot give you exactly what you want.
    Those are the basics of the key differences. Feel free to ask any further questions in the comments. I’m fine with answering. I was a 7 year Partner before having to leave the company, so I’ve got a decent bit of knowledge.

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  2. Frappuccinos are concentrates. They need to be blended to dilute them properly, you are meant to drink the ice. The same is not true for iced drinks.

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