The holiday season can bring out both the best and worst in people. For instance, some Gingerbread Latte fans took the news of the drink’s 2019 discontinuation as a personal affront, demanding that the chain bring the beverage back. Although employees tried to explain that they only have room for so many different drink ingredients at a time, customers want what they want. The new drink isn’t an exact match for the original, but it should help soothe fans who miss their gingerbread lattes.
Likewise, Starbucks has run into trouble with its holiday cups in the past, regardless of the design. In 2015, for instance, the chain debuted its plain red cups in the name of holiday inclusivity, only to be accused of discriminating against those who celebrate Christmas. Just two years later, Starbucks’ “Give Good” cups enraged customers who interpreted the design as including an LGBTQ+ couple holding hands. No matter which way you cut it, Starbucks can’t make everyone happy, but it can hopefully still make someone happy with its updated Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai and five new cup designs.