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Starbuck's Fresh Brewed Iced Tea...no lemon slice..only lemon sugar water!

Went to the local Starbuck's to get a grande iced tea with some extra lemon slices and the barista told me that Starbuck's doesn't do lemon slices for their iced tea but I could get a lemonade spritz that is a lemon juice with sugar and water...What!?
I don't want sugar in my tea...this global billion dollar conglomerate doesn't have lemons for my iced tea..still can't believe it.
I thought being Starbuck's, that I would have my choice of lemon, orange slice, mint, cinnamon, etc.
I called Customer Service today and they explained that even though the iced tea is one of their biggest sellers, no lemons to be had..even if they don't do any food handling, why can't their commissary slice and package lemons per store?
So if you want lemon with your iced tea drink at Starbuck's, be prepared to have it with sugar and a lemonade mix!

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  1. Not only that, but have you noticed that in every I mean every Starbucky's they have removed the cinammon, vanilla and chocolate little sprinkle bottles from the condiment table (straws, assortied sugary packets, etc) soon we will have to bring in our own cups and be charged for that as well!
    I don't like Starbucks that much anyway, being from Seattle, I just didn't fall into the big corp as you mentioned, however I am held hostage where I live in Florida because there just isn't anything else except Mcy D's and Dunkin' Donuts!
    really really big SIGH!

    1. They don't really do any fresh food handling on site, do they? All the sandwiches and baked goods look like they're delivered.

      1. Yeah, um. They've never had lemons.

        I think the iced tea does not need anything added. All three flavors are pure and crisp and clean. Lemon would take away that flavor.

        However, I usually buy what is on the logo: Starbucks. Coffee.

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        1. re: Cathy

          I just wanted a plain brewed iced tea.. which a lemon slice would of enchanced the flavor, imo, and I did not want a passion fruit or Chai..no lemon required.
          The Customer Service Rep. stated he has more complaints about not offering a lemon slice to the plain brewed iced tea, since it is considered one of their biggest sellers besides the coffee..
          And if the only lemon option is sugar ladened, then there goes that pure, crisp, clean taste!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Just curious, have you had their plain iced tea? I think it's one of the best ones out there, and don't miss the lemon. When I go to other places, I usually like a lemon in my tea, too.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Of course not sugar, but the plain tea (green, passion or black)(chai is something different and not the same price) is perfect the way it is. Really.

              1. re: Cathy

                Epic fail. Try TJ's Mango Iced Tea instead.

                1. re: Cathy

                  i agree, i had the black tea last week and it was excellent. usually i would like lemon too but it really didn't need it.

                  1. re: ddelicious

                    they also just raised the price and took away the melon sweetener! i order green tea , unsweetened and no water. it;s fun watching the barista shake it even though there is nothing to mix together. and why do add water to iced tea., wouldn;t the melted ice do the trick? still, it's cheaper by 60 cents compared to carabou.

                    1. re: buenosds

                      From what I understand, all the tea is concentrated. I have one friend who ordered an iced tea in London (where it's apparently not ordered) and got the concentrate with ice in it. He said he was jittery all day and eventually realized that the baristas didn't know they were supposed to dilute the iced tea before serving it. Starbucks does have that melted ice philosophy with the iced coffee and that's why I hate it so much. I don't want to wait for the ice to melt to drink it and hate the ultra-bitter taste of the pre-diluted coffee.

            2. As a couple have mentioned they don't have lemon, never have. Contrary to what others have posted, the black tea, green tea, and passion are brewed.

              I have a Starbucks iced black tea at least once a day. In all other situations when ordering iced tea I do like a lemon, but with sbux i don't need it, I find their tea a different blend from the regular type of iced and don't need lemon.

              I think they gave you a great alternative. Another alternative, bring your own as well or try it without.