Starbucks - cross contam. warning

Posted on: Wed, 09/21/2005 - 7:15am
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Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

(cross posting in Adults w/ PA)

hi all!

So I've done a bit of research into Starbucks Frappucinos b/c they now have a Toffee Nut Frapp and a Pumpkin Spice Frapp. It got me thinking about cross-contamination with the frappucinos.

I talked to a fabulous customer service rep:

- the hazelnut and almond syrups are nut based and have nut extract in them
- she said that pumpkin spice and toffee nut do not (but I'm still wary of those)
- Starbucks will make any frapp that a customer could order a frapp with a shot of hazelnut, thus contaminating the blender.
- Blenders are sanitized every few hours and are only rinsed in between

So - the likelihood of cross-cont. is high. Options:

- if you are really hankering for a frapp. and are can ask them to sanitize the blender. It takes about 5 minutes.
- let the baristas know you are allergic and they can best tell you what's been made in the blender already
- when ordering ANY drink, make sure you let the barista know you are allergic to nuts and make sure they do not use a "common spoon" thing to stir the syrup in your drink (uncommon practice these days, now they just swish it around in your own cup)
- be careful when getting shaken iced coffee - same deal...someone could have asked for a shot of hazelnut or almond!

So - she seemed really in tune with my concern and is forwarding a suggestion onto the nutritionist. I asked for signage, just something simple like "Tell your barista if you have a nut allergy" or "Warning, cross-contamination with nuts possible"

So - I won't stop going to Starbucks, but I will stop getting frappucinos, except for on my birthday when I feel justified asking for a sanitized blender :-)


30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

Peanut Free Store

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