Starbucks to begin using different shaped ice in beverages

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Cold drinks at Starbucks are about to look a bit different.

The coffee mega chain announced it would begin changing the ice it puts in signature drinks as part of a multi-year plan beginning this year, reports PEOPLE.

"As we continue to innovate and make investments in the Starbucks Experience for our partners (baristas) and customers, we are introducing new machines that make nugget ice to select stores this year," the corporation said. "Customers who have tried the nugget ice in our hand-crafted iced beverages during testing had a resoundingly positive response."

Not all stores will get the nugget ice this year as Starbucks will initially target locations that sell a large volume of cold drinks.

Some Reddit users started a thread to speculate how the newly shaped ice would work in the classic drinks. Many were excited about the nuggets but a handful worried they’d melt quicker than the old ice.

"Normally this ice IS IT!!!! But I worry that they will melt too fast in iced espresso drinks," one wrote.

Starbucks has claimed tests were done on the new ice and it did not melt any faster than the current ice.

The new ice rollout will happen over a number of years and is a portion of Starbucks’ goal to lower its water footprint by half by 2030. The company says the new ice machines use less water.

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