Finally: A Definitive Ranking Of Your Fav Starbucks Drinks From Most To Least Caffeinated

Courtney Iseman
·6-min read
Photo credit: Starbucks
Photo credit: Starbucks

From Redbook

We can all agree that Starbucks is the go-to for morning jump starts and afternoon breaks, no? There’s one on every corner and it’s (usually) fast and easy to get your fix of anything from coffee to tea to S’mores Frappuccinos. With that in mind, we’ve broken all Starbucks classic drinks into categories and ranked them from least to most caffeine. This way, you know what you’re getting into.

To keep things easy to compare, we looked at the Grande size of every drink, which is 16 oz. This compares to their Short, 8 oz.; Mini, 10 oz.; Tall, 12 oz.; Venti, 20 oz.; Venti Iced, 24 oz.; and Trenta Iced (read: “Bucket”), 31 oz. We got the information from the Starbucks website, though The Spruce pointed out that the real numbers can vary a little bit. This info is enough to give you a good guide, though, so treat yourself—and caffeinate—accordingly. Keep in mind that according to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended limit for daily caffeine intake is 400 milligrams (mg) for healthy adults.

Classic Coffee

  • The Decaf Pike Place Roast isn’t totally caffeine-free: it has 25mg.

  • The Caffè Misto, a one-to-one ratio of coffee and steamed milk, has 150mg.

  • The Featured Dark Roast has 260mg.

  • By comparison, the Pike Place Roast has 310mg.

  • The Blonde Roast has 360mg, proving that blondes do at least have more...caffeine.

Iced Coffee

  • Iced Coffee that’s lightly sweetened and has milk has 125mg.

  • Iced Coffee that’s lightly sweetened and does not have milk has 165mg.

Cold Brew

  • The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew has 185mg.

  • The Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam has 190mg.

  • The standard Cold Brew Coffee (as well as the version with milk) has 205mg.

  • The Cold Brew with Cold Foam and the Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam both have 205mg.

  • The Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream has 265mg.

  • The Nitro Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam has 270mg.

  • The Nitro Cold Brew, cold brew but extra creamy, has 280mg.

Hot Espresso Drinks

  • The following beverages all have 150mg: the Caramel Macchiato, espresso with steamed milk, vanilla-flavored syrup and a caramel macchiato; the Caramel Cloud Macchiato, a version with egg; the Cinnamon Dolce Latte, espresso with steamed milk, cinnamon dolce-flavored syrup, sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping; the Cocoa Cloud Macchiato; the Cappuccino, espresso with foam; the Caffè Latte, espresso with steamed milk and light foam; the Espresso Con Panna, espresso with whipped cream; the Skinny Mocha, a lower-fat version of the Caffè Mocha; the White Chocolate Mocha; and the Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte.

  • The Blonde versions of the Caramel Cloud Macchiato and the Cocoa Cloud Macchiato, as well as the Blonde Caffè Latte, the Blonde Vanilla Latte and the Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte, have 170mg.

  • The Caffè Mocha, espresso with steamed milk and bittersweet mocha sauce, has 175mg.

  • The Flat White, espresso with steamed milk, has 195mg.

  • The Caffè Americano, espresso with hot water for a creamy finish, has 225mg. So does the Latte Macchiato, espresso with aerated milk.

  • The Blonde versions of the Caffè Americano and the Flat White have 255mg.

Iced Espresso Drinks

  • The Iced Caffè Latte, the Iced Cappuccino with Cold Foam, the Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte, the Iced White Chocolate Mocha, the Iced Caramel Macchiato and the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato, the Iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato, the Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte and its Skinny version, and the Iced Skinny Mocha have 150mg.

  • The Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte, Iced Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte, the Iced Blonde Caramel Cloud Macchiato, the Iced Blonde Cocoa Cloud Macchiato, and the Iced Blonde Caffè Latte have 170mg.

  • The Iced Caffè Mocha has 175mg.

  • The Iced Caffè Americano, the Iced Blonde Flat White and the Iced Latte Macchiato have 225mg.

  • The Iced Blonde Caffè Americano has 255mg.

Other Hot Drinks

  • There are three classic options if you want that warm, cozy feeling without any of the caffeine. The Cinnamon Dolce Crème, steamed milk with cinnamon dolce syrup, sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping; the Steamed Apple Juice; and the Vanilla Crème, kind of like an extra creamy, frothy vanilla latte without the espresso, all have 0mg.

  • Thanks to chocolate bringing its own caffeine to the table, the Hot Chocolate has 25mg.

Iced Teas

  • There are also three classic options without caffeine on the Starbucks iced tea roster, which is great news if you want to cool down without a buzz. The Nitro Lemon Fog, a creamy peach tea that’s lightly sweetened and topped with cinnamon lemon cream; the Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea, a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and apple; and the Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade, basically the Passion Tango Tea with lemonade added, all have 0mg.

  • The following iced teas all clock in at 25mg to 30mg: the Teavana Shaken Iced Black Tea; the Teavana Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade; the Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea; and the Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade.


  • Here are the Frappuccinos you can sip if you don’t want any caffeine at all: the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino, the S’mores Crème Frappuccino; the Strawberry Frappuccino Blended Crème; and the Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème.

  • The Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino and the Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème have only a little caffeine at 15mg.

  • The Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème has 40mg.

  • The Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème has 70mg.

  • The standard S’mores Frappuccino has 75mg.

  • The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino and the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee have 90mg.

  • The OG Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee; the Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee; and the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino have 95mg.

  • The Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee has 100mg.

  • The Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee and the Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee have 110mg.

  • The Espresso Frappuccino Blended Coffee has 165mg.


  • The Violet Drink, blackberries and hibiscus swirled with coconutmilk and ice, has 45mg.

  • The rest of the Refreshers are listed as having a range of 45mg to 55mg. They include: Dragon Drink, mango and dragonfruit with coconutmilk, ice and real diced dragonfruit; the Mango Dragonfruit, basically the Dragon Drink with no coconutmilk; the Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade, the Mango Dragonfruit drink mixed with lemonade; the Strawberry Acai, strawberry with acai and passionfruit with a touch of green coffee extract; the Strawberry Acai Lemonade; the Strawberry Acai with lemonade mixed in; the Pink Drink; the Strawberry Acai blended with coconutmilk; the Very Berry Hibiscus, fruit juice and hibiscus with green coffee extract; and the Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade, the Very Berry Hibiscus mixed with lemonade.

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