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Starbucks Released A Coquito Frappuccino For The Holidays And Some People Are Very Mad About It

Starbucks loves to make season drinks because, well, they sell. The pumpkin spice latte has transcended the regular life of a coffee beverage and has become a cultural phenomenon that won’t end. The unicorn frappuccino is another example of Starbucks using their reach and money to create timely and quickly forgotten drinks to follow trends. Now, there is a coquito frappuccino that has left the internet divided. Some people are excited to see their culture reach new heights while others can’t wait for it to be over.

This is typically how we are used to seeing coquito.

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Either your abuela and tías make it for the family or there is one specific brand that is always bought around this time of year. No matter how it is made or purchased it is always cradled lovingly in your abuela’s arms when you first get to her house for Christmas.

Now, Starbucks is getting in on the trend.

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We don’t know how long it will last but the drin is being made by name in the Starbucks’ in Puerto Rico. There are ways to order the drink on the mainland but you have to come prepared with a list of ingredients.

The only online proof of this beverage is in this sign.

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The photo has gone viral with people retweeting and sharing the image at lightning speed. Some people are super stoked to get a chance to let their culture shine. Others are over the capitalistic nature of Starbucks using their culture.

Gentrification has been a major issue raised by those bothered by this drink.

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The drink is similar to their eggnog frappuccino just with some coconut added to imitate the flavor of coquito.

There are people we are delighted that their proud Puerto Rican culture is being celebrated.

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Starbucks has publicly acknowledged that they wanted to change their image since the pumpkin spice latte has been deemed super basic. This is a start in that campaign to be more than just basic drinks for basic people.

A few Puerto Ricans on Twitter quickly mocked those who were so upset about the drink.

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It really isn’t offensive for someone to make foods inspired by different cultures. Fusion cuisines exist because people feel an appreciation to the foods and look to make them as delicious as they can.

A whole other sector is just straight up laughing at the idea.

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It is pretty interesting that the coquito drink would be available in Puerto Rico where you can get real coquito anywhere. When will the drink come to New York for the Puerto Rican community living there?

Some of the Puerto Rican diasporas is even asking that Starbucks expand the flavor.

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Understandable. There is a huge Puerto Rican population in Orlando and those people would probably love the idea of a nice coquito frappuccino on the way to work.

Starbucks is still testing the Puerto Rican market.

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We have no idea how successful it is and we can’t seem to find any promotional material online. If it is successful, however, we need this on the mainland ASAP.

Let me tell you the ingredients for Starbucks coquito.

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It’s white mocha syrup and coconut syrup with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. It’s not close to the real coquito but when you produce things in mass without the culture nuances, this is what it look like.

Many people are asking where the rum at?

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The reason we all love coquito so much is because it kicks off the party. Obviously, Starbucks won’t be selling boozy coquito but the people can dream, right?

Some people are truly torn over the drink.

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Tourists may have a coquito frappuccino to taste the famous drink instead of buying it from a local vendor. People might argue that it’s a money-making gimmick but some people might really appreciate the idea.

The vast majority of dissenters are asking if the cultural appropriation will benefit anyone besides Starbucks.

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Seems like it might be a good idea to tie this into the relief efforts in Puerto Rico since the island is still recovering and it is Christmas.

Starbucks did send some relief to Puerto Rico to help the farmers.

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Apparently, they donated 2 million coffee seeds to Puerto Rican farmers and helped sponsor the Somos benefit initiated by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. That’s truly wonderful, and it’s important to highlight when corporations give back to the communities that helped build them up.

They claim the seeds they gave were non-GMO.

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Starbucks donated 2 million seeds to coffee farmers throughout the island to help restart the coffee growing industry on the island. They have also partnered with World Coffee Research to enhance the quality of coffee beans produced in Puerto Rico.

Starbucks is responding to people on Twitter letting them know that they are heard and that Starbucks is committed to helping the island.

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Only time will tell if the drink is something that will stay around or just a flash in the pan.

Some critics are not appeased with Starbucks donating money and coffee beans to devastated farmers.

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With so much happening on the island, the drink is becoming a way for people to further voice their anger with how Puerto Rico has been treated since Hurricane Maria.

Some have raised concerns over “Our Puerto Rican Flavors” being the tagline.

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There hasn’t been any news yet as to whether or not Starbucks with donate any proceeds to Puerto Rico or nonprofits helping the island. The phrase is offending people for its cultural appropriation.

We all just have to wait and see if the drink will be good or bad for the Starbucks brand.

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Only time will tell.


READ: 17 Typical Christmas Foods Eaten In Latin America

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Now That Christmas Is Over, A Lot Of Latinos Are Getting Ready For Día De Reyes—Here’s What The Tradition Is All About

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Now That Christmas Is Over, A Lot Of Latinos Are Getting Ready For Día De Reyes—Here’s What The Tradition Is All About

Now that Christmas is over, most of the world is getting ready to put the Christmas tree away and pack it up until next December arrives; not Hispanic people though. A lot of Latinos still keep the party going, and it doesn’t end until Jan. 6, when Día de Reyes, or the Epiphany, arrives bearing more gifts. 

What is ‘Día de Reyes’?

On January 6, most Hispanic cultures celebrate El Dia De Reyes, or the Epiphany, in remembrance of the day when the Three Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing their treasured gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Baby Jesus.  

The three kings of orient

Guided by a shining star, the three Kings of the Orient, riding a camel, a horse and an elephant, rode off into the desert to find baby Jesus. They came from different parts of the world, one was from Africa, another was European, the last was Arabic. The gifts they gave Jesus were gold: for a king, myrrh: for a man, and incense: for a god. This story represents the first time that gentiles turned to Christianity. 

The tradition in Latin America

The celebration of Jan. 6 is a tradition that dates back to the evangelization of the New World in the time of the Conquistadors, and has carried on to actuality. In Mexico and other countries, it’s the Reyes Magos who deliver the toys, not Santa Claus. 

In Mexico

Just a few days earlier, the children write their letters to the Wise Men, or to their favorite Rey Mago: Melchor, Gaspar, or Baltasar, asking for the presents they would like to receive. They tie their letter to a balloon and let the balloon float into the sky. On the eve of January 6, they’re supposed to leave their shoes by a window, with a little bit of hay for the Kings’ animals to snack on. The next morning the hay is gone, and the shoes are stuffed and surrounded with toys. 

Another traditional aspect of Día de Reyes is eating Rosca with cafecito or atole. The host usually invites family and friends over to ‘cut the rosca’. Inside the bread, there are several miniature baby Jesus dolls, and the person or people who find a baby Jesus in their slice of bread, must make tamales and atole for everyone on February 2, ‘Día de la Candelaria.’ 

In Argentina

As opposed to Mexico, where children write their letters and send them to the Reyes Magos via a floating balloon, in Argentina, the little ones leave their letters inside their shoes on the eve of Jan. 6.

A different tradition in Bolivia

In this South American country, the tradition is not so much around gifts and toys. It’s more of a family affair. In Bolivia, it’s traditional for families to take their ‘pesebre’ figurines to church, and have them blessed by the priest. At the end of mass, several families gather around the church to exchange figurines or ornaments and sometimes they give gifts to families in need. 

In Puerto Rico

This Caribbean country has another way of celebrating too. In Puerto Rico, it’s traditional to see children running to parks to rip off patches of grass. At the end of the day on the eve of Epiphany day, they stash the grass in a shoe box that they put under the bed for the Kings to find. The grass is meant to feed the camel, horse, and elephant and the Kings take it in exchange for presents for the kids.

READ: The Rosca De Reyes Is A Mexican Classic But Do You Know The Story Behind It?

Make 2020 Your Year With These 5 Steps To Succeed At Your Resolutions

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Make 2020 Your Year With These 5 Steps To Succeed At Your Resolutions

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For us humans who like to count days and calendar years, a huge celebration is upon us. We’re leaving an entire decade behind us as we step into the 2020s–finally a decade that we can all phonetically reference without any awkwardness. More than that, the mark of a new year has always been a time to physically and metaphorically declutter from our lives what is no longer serving us. New Year’s resolutions are powerful ways to set intentions for ourselves and build self-trust by following through on them. We’re not invoking any of this privileged white folk ‘manifestation’ energy. We’re doing what our padres taught us to do: work for what we want, si Dios lo permite. As the exhaustion of a semester, work season, year and decade come to a close, we get the opportunity to rest and recharge and start all over again.

Here’s the thing. Once we get back to school, work and real life, that kinetic energy will start to slow down, and your resolution isn’t just going to manifest out of thin air. As a Capricorn, let me tell you how to be realistic when you decide what your resolution is going to be and how to follow through.

1. Be Selfish

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Ask yourself: how is this going to benefit me in the long-term? New Year’s energy is some serious joojoo that you won’t want to waste on what somebody else wants for you. It’s time to think big picture and get selfish. Where do you want to be in 10 years? What’s the first step to get you there? Resolutions take up space in your thought life and living life. Is this one worth it? Does it excite you? It’s far easier to follow through on a resolution when you really want it for yourself and isn’t just an effort to fit in or cave to societal pressure. 

2. Tell Your Mother

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There’s nothing a Latina mom loves to do more than check up on you. Other sources will tell you to create accountability or “form a pact” with someone else. Not us. We know as well as anyone and their (Latina) mother that your mami will ask you about your resolution every time you talk. It’s a powerful weapon that you may want to seriously consider before deploying. Just how committed you are to this resolution? Because you can’t back out once you tell your mami. She just wants what’s best for you, mija.

3. Don’t Do a Fad Diet

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Disordered eating may feel like a family heirloom, passed down from one mami to the next, but this is the generation when it stops and we start loving our curvy bodies. No matter how often your tía or abuelita flip flop between calling you gordita or flaquita, take resolve in yourself knowing that they’re both compliments. Studies prove that fad diets don’t work to maintain a healthy weight, but rather offers major fluctuations in weight.

Instead of adopting a mindset of scarcity and focus on reducing certain foods, consider adopting a mindset of moderation and balance. Choose to eat more healthy plant-based food, more aguacate instead of butter, or choose to work out just one more time a week than you already do. Exercising and eating well have their scientifically-backed benefits, like better physical health, sleep, and mental health. Focus on eating more good foods instead of feeling terrible when you eventually cave and have your abuela’s flan. Better yet, vow to eat more flan in 2020, mi gente!

4. Light a Vela to Saint Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes

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Our moms may love to light candles to Saint Anthony to beg the stoic statue to find us novios or novias, not realizing that by doing so, they’re telling us they think we’re a lost cause, but it works, okay. In moments of doubt or despair, take up the worthy tradition of our most recent ancestors and light a candle to Saint Anthony. Whatever resolve you’ve lost, he’ll be able to help you find it.

5. Take a Mental Snapshot of the Moment You’re Working Toward

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When we see people like Jennifer Lopez or Justice Sonia Sotomayor, it’s easy to want what they have, but hard to imagine them putting in the work to get there. Whether you decide to volunteer more to boost your self-esteem and find a community or decide to go back to school to get that bachelor’s or law or doctoral degree, there will be sacrifices. Prepare for it. Understand deep down that it won’t always be fun so that when you have to cancel social plans or drag yourself out the door when all you want to do is watch Netflix, you remember: I signed up for this. Picture yourself in the cap and gown or at the top of that peak, or just picture J.Lo. Either will do.

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