Starbucks is running out of a key ingredient -- and customers are freaking out

You've Been Drinking Starbucks the Wrong Way

Starbucks across the country are running out of coconut milk, thanks to the runaway success of two new beverages.

On July 12, Starbucks launched the iced coconut milk mocha macchiato, its first-ever beverage with a coconut milk base.

The chain debuted the limited-time offering to highlight its coconut milk, which the company launched in 2015. Customers had already been utilizing the non-dairy option this summer to create "secret menu" beverages, such as the hugely-popular pink drink.

Now, it seems that coconut milk may have become a little too popular at the coffee chain.

"Are you out of coconut milk, too?" Reddit user barista 1738 asked in the Starbucks subreddit on Tuesday."We have been out of coconut milk for the past few days and people are pissssed."

Looking at social media reveals that the barista is far from alone.

Starbucks' Twitter has been flooded with complaints of locations lacking in coconut milk.

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It looks so pretty and tastes as good! #purpledrink
Goodbye #pinkdrink and hello #purpledrink. @starbucks is back at it with the newest addition to the secret menu. Passion fruit iced tea, soy milk, vanilla syrup, and blackberries. Has anyone had a chance to try it? ๐Ÿ’œ

The problem seems to be impacting locations across the US.

Othercustomers are taking to Facebookto complain.

"Starbucks why is there no coconut milk in upper Manhattan?" reads one such comment."I went to 3 stores they all said none until at least the weekend."

Starbucks did not respond to Business Insiders' request for comment.

On one hand, it's good news for Starbucks that customers are responding positively to new beverages made with coconut milk, both in the form of iced coconut milk mocha macchiato and the pink drink, which is made with strawberry açaí refresher and coconut milk.

"Coconut milk is one of those things that our customers were asking for," Starbucks' coffee education specialist Mackenzie Karr told Business Insider prior to the launch of the iced coconut milk mocha macchiato. "When we launched last year it was hugely successful. So, the next step seemed — let's build a beverage around it."

However, when customer demand exceeds supply, it can create some serious problems for the company.

In May, Starbucks told Business Insider that locations were expected to increase their coconut milk orders prior to the launch of the iced coconut milk mocha macchiato. Clearly, some locations underestimated exactly how many customers would be jumping on the coconut milk bandwagon this summer, and are now coming up short — and, in the process, enraging customers attempting to try a new, limited-time offering or flaunt a pink drink on Instagram.

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A latte is espresso and steamed milk with a small amount of milk foam on top.

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A cappuccino should be equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. 

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dry cappuccino features less of the traditional steamed milk and more milk foam in its place.

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cafe au lait is traditional black coffee mixed with warmed milk.

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Espresso is specially brewed coffee, created with finely ground coffee beans brewed under pressure with nearly-boiling water. 

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macchiato, traditionally, is a 'stained' espresso -- espresso with just a dot of milk.

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An Americano is espresso mixed with hot water. 

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cortado is espresso that is 'cut' with an equal amount of milk. 

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red eye is for the severely under-caffeinated -- espresso shots mixed in with a regular black coffee

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