Starbu...wait what?
Friday, April 20, 2012 | Author: Dav

I caught this on the news today:

"Starbucks to phase out coloring from crushed beetles"

I'm like, yeah, so maybe its on their logo or on cups or something. Turns out I'm wrong. Oh. So. Wrong.

"Starbucks Corp said on its blog on Thursday that it will stop using a natural, government-approved coloring made from crushed beetles in its strawberry flavoring by late June, bowing to pressure from some vegetarian customers."

Wow. Crushed bugs? Seems like Starbucks has been using the extract in its strawberry frappuccinos and smoothies, as well as some deserts like raspberry swirl cake.

  1. Lucky I'm not a strawberry frapp kinda guy
  2. I'm more of a cheese cake person
Turns out that this isn't a new thing. Wikipedia says that the dye has been in use since the 15th century to dye material a deep crimson colour.

Now, FYI, this is what goes into your drink (ground up of course):

Shaken, not stirred please

Once you get over the whole "There's BUGS IN MY COFFEE?" it seems like this is pretty much a normal thing, the US FDA says its ok with them.

Uh, mom, why's that barista crushing something to a bloody pulp and adding it to my drink?
Well veterinarians vegetarians all around the world should be able to breathe a sigh of releif as Starbucks will be amending their recipes to make use of lycopene, a natural, tomato-based extract.

Next we'll have this happen and give up on that as well.

We should have used beetles instead!

Dav out

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I like it like that!
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