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When we go to Starbucks, it is usually because we want to give ourselves a special treat. Sure, we may treat ourselves every day but it is still a treat, nonetheless.

There is also something else we enjoy when going to Starbucks; a good bargain. People will place their orders in a way that they get what they want and sometimes, to get more while paying less.

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This was how many Starbucks fans approached ordering “Starbucks Refreshers.” Those drinks came in different flavors, including Pineapple Passionfruit, Strawberry Acai, and many others. Those drinks were refreshing but people would stretch their budget by requesting the Refreshers with no water added.

All was well and good. People would get more bang for their buck and by adding some of their own water, they might even get a second drink for the same price.

They sometimes say that all good things must come to an end, and a Starbucks rep said that this gravy train was ending.

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You can still order your fruity Refreshers drink with no added water but it is going to cost you an extra $1, starting May 9.

According to CBS News, a Starbucks rep verified this and also elaborated on why they were making the change. They said the extra cost was because “this customization requires extra ingredients.”

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The rep also added that the extra dollar “allows us to provide a more consistent approach to customization, similar to other beverage customizations such as an adding an espresso shot or syrup which incur an additional charge.”

The good news is, you can still order your refreshers with light or no ice without incurring an extra charge.

Starbucks employees are already preparing for the possible backlash from raising the price.


Another price increase! What do you think of these changes? Will you make more drinks at home? #starbucks #starbiestok #starbucksrefreshers #priceincrease #starbucks2023 #starbies #refreshers #starbucksdrinks #sheknows#lightice#greenscreen

♬ She Knows – J. Cole

It seems that they may be on the right track, as angry Starbucks fans are already complaining on social media.