'Flip or Flop' Stars Awkward Hug After Coffee Run

12/15/2016 2:00 PM PST

'Flip or Flop's' Christina & Tarek El Moussa's Awkward Hug After Coffee Run

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"Flip or Flop" stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa won't win an Oscar for faking affection, because a Starbucks outing that ends with a hug is as transparent as it gets.

The former couple were in Newport Beach Thursday, near where Tarek now lives, and walked awkwardly together into the java hut.  

It's the goodbye that you gotta see. So staged.

As we reported, Tarek and Christina want to continue shooting their show, despite their breakup -- thus the photo op.  

They gotta do better than this.